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Tattoo Removal: Is It Right For You?

Apr 24, 2008
Are you one of the many people out there who have opted to get a cool new tattoo only to wish you hadn't have done so later? In the spur of the moment, many individuals make decisions of all kinds, such as getting a tattoo. Fortunately, for those who change their mind, laser tattoo removal is an option. With modern technology progressing the way it has, getting a tattoo removed can be much simpler compared to the past.

Laser tattoo removal does not necessarily cause the ink of a tattoo to disappear, nor does it vanish on the spot. Rather, the laser breaks down the ink within the tattoo under the skin with high frequency light. Once the ink is broken down, the body's own immune system can then get to work expelling the ink from the skin. So laser tattoo removal aides the body's immune system in expelling the ink and it does not necessarily cause the removal of the tattoo itself. It does however make it possible.

If you are looking to get laser tattoo removal, there are a few key things to keep in mind. Firstly, laser tattoo removal requires the use of different lasers depending on the color of the tattoo. The latest type of laser is called the Q-switched laser. Different types of this laser are better at removing red and orange colored inks found in tattoos. Various frequency changes in the light can alter what depth and colors the laser works best on. The Alexandrite laser works best on green and blue-black inks that can be very difficult to remove. It is important to be realistic when looking to get a tattoo removed. Not all tattoos can be permanently removed since tattoos are meant to be permanent. Most tattoos can be removed permanently but only a laser tattoo removal specialist can truly tell you what is realistic in your case.

Once you decide that removing your tattoo is the best option, a laser tattoo removal specialist will examine the tattoo, its size, colors used, and the type of skin you have. At this point, an estimate for cost and number of treatments can be made. Cost and number of treatment obviously varies and later in the stage of treatment, the tattoo may require a larger number of treatments depending on the visible progress. During this initial consultation, a fee may or may not be assessed, and if so, some laser tattoo removal clinics will place the initial fee toward your treatments if you decide to have the tattoo removed there.

Depending on the type of laser tattoo removal that you must seek out for your specific tattoo, it is best to seek out laser tattoo removal clinics which offer the use of the various types of laser which work well at removing different color inks. Also, caring for your skin after treatments is a vital way to ensure the success of laser tattoo removal and the beauty and health of your skin. If you wish to have the site where the tattoo was located looking healthy, you must be prepared to follow post-treatment care instructions exactly.
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