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Make an Educated Decision - Tattoo Removal is a Long Process

Nov 19, 2007
Tattoo removal is a serious process and often tattoo removal takes longer than deciding to get one and which one to get. Before you make that decision, you may wish to learn more about what tattoo removal entails. Educate yourselves now and then make an informed decision.

A Little Tattoo History and Why Tattoo Removal

Tattoos have become a part of our American culture over the past few decades. There is an estimated 10 million Americans that have at least one tattoo, and at least 44,000 tattoo studios in America. Tattoos are a great way to express yourself. Having a tattoo may have seemed like a great idea at the time, but things change. We find new loves, new jobs, and new tastes. So if the remnants of your past choice of tattoo no longer compliment your present, its time to think about tattoo removal.

One half of all people with tattoos have considered removing them. Besides the obvious reasons of removing tattoos for career enhancement, there are other reasons why many people elect to remove tattoos. As skin ages, tattoos tend to fade and deform. A tattoo that once was shown with pride may lose its attractiveness and, in some cases, even become an embarrassment. Even a change of weight can change a prized tattoo to something less than appealing.

Here are a few things that you should know about tattoo removal, before you get the tattoo:

Laser Tattoo Removal

-Lasers can get rid of most tattoos without scarring.

-It will take 6 to 12 laser treatments to completely remove a tattoo.

-The toughest body parts to remove tattoos include the ankles, hands and fingers.

-Older tattoos with less colors are easier to remove.

-Lasers, surgical excision, and dermabrasion can all be used to remove tattoos.

-Laser removal of tattoos can actually be a bit painful.

Removing a tattoo is no easy process and an important point that people should understand BEFORE getting a tattoo. It is much easier to get the tattoo than to remove it. Here are some of your tattoo removal options:

Tattoo Removal Options

-You could get your tattoo covered by a new tattoo that may need to be around 50% bigger to effectively hide the existing tattoo.

-Laser treatment is the most common method. The process contains wavelengths of light are used for different pigments. The laser beam then passes through the skin and is absorbed by the ink. Once the ink breaks down it can be removed by the body's lymphatic system.

-If the tattoo is too deep or too small for laser treatment, the skin with the pigment can be cut away and the edges sewn together.

-Dermabrasion literally rubs the tattooed skin away with an abrasive tool, over several treatments. If the tattoo is deep, a skin graft may also be necessary.

-Versapulse laser, offering a quick procedure for removing unwanted tattoos. This laser is a low energy laser which can minimize the risk of burning.

-Tat Gone ink removal. After several applications, some see a huge improvement.

Price of Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal is definitely not cheap. A tattoo that costs $40.00 to have it put on can cost $4500.00 to have removed by laser, taking a year or more. Plus, it would leave a scar shaped like the tattoo that would not tan.

Tattoo Removal is a long process. Sometimes the process of tattoo removal is longer than the process of selecting the tattoo.
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