In this article:
- The tattoo removal process:
What to expect
- Potential side effects of tattoo removal
- Simple tattoo removal aftercare tips
Remember your mother's warning that "tattoos are like marriages -- a lifelong commitment"? Well, things are changing! In the United States, 41 percent of all first marriages end in divorce. Similarly, 25% of those with a tattoo say they regret getting it. For a while, tattoos outlived marriages and divorces. But now, thanks to laser treatments, you can remove unwanted ink from your skin like it was never there to begin with.
Tattoos are created by using needles to penetrate the deepest layer of the skin and deposit tattoo ink at various depths. Over time tattoos can become faded and blurred due to sun exposure, improper healing, and the body's immune system recognizing tattoo ink as an invader and pushing it out of the skin. However, this process is by no means a "life hack" that will fade unwanted tattoos away! If you want to remove your tattoo safely and effectively, you'll need some help from lasers.
Laser tattoo removal procedures speed up the body's natural ink removal process by shattering tattoo ink particles, making them easy to flush away. During a tattoo removal session, laser light is applied to the skin and shatters the shallowest layer of the ink. Laser tattoo procedures use "Q-switched lasers" or fractional lasers which pulse for nanoseconds at a time, just long enough to shatter the ink without damaging the surrounding skin. Laser tattoo removal treatments only last minutes at a time, and multiple sessions may be required to penetrate stubborn tattoo pigment or treat larger areas.
Though this procedure is a huge advance in the tattoo-removal field and is considered safe and effective, it does come with side effects. Common side effects after a tattoo removal session include:
All in all, the tattoo removal process seems to be gentler and easier to manage than the actual tattoo healing process. However, with proper aftercare you can avoid certain side effects from occurring altogether.
You're probably ready to get the healing process over and finally have the clear skin you desire! By addressing your body's overall health, adopting a holistic skincare routine, and avoiding certain irritants, you'll be well on your way to crystal clear skin.
What to avoid:
All in all, the tattoo removal process has become pretty seamless. For more information on how to protect your prized ink, improve skin health, and avoid troublesome inflammation, head over to the Amandean blog and learn about how natural supplements can help!