We all make mistakes. But when those mistakes are tattoos, they are usually hard to forget. You may regret that pink dolphin that you thought was so pretty when you were seventeen, but it does not really stick with your forearm of skulls and vines. Or maybe you wish that the name of his ex-wife was not permanently etched on your skin. Well, I have good news for you: with laser removal a tattoo does not have to be a life imprisonment. Laser tattoo deletion is the most ordinary tattoo taking away process. But unless you have a tattoo or have done elimination yourself, you probably do not know much about it
How does a laser removal work?
- It is very difficult to remove the ink particles from the tattooed skin. In fact, your body always tries to do it, but it simply cannot. It recognizes the ink particles as foreign objects and sends an army of white blood cells to decompose and eliminate them.
- But because those ink particles are much larger, these white blood cells are impotent against them. (The most they can do is slowly erode them, which is why your tattoo will fade over time, although they will never get rid of it).
- Obviously, these ink particles are difficult, so you need something as strong as a laser to get rid of them. And not just any laser: if a laser designed for hair removal is used on your tattoo, the only thing you will achieve is to lose time and money.
- Tattoo removal requires a special type of laser known as ultra short laser. These lasers work by emitting extremely hot, short and fast bursts to heat and separate the ink particles.
How effective is laser tattoo removal?
Tattoo laser removal is generally an effective procedure, and in most cases people can get rid of their tattoo completely (or stay very close).
But that does not mean that you can remove the tattoo in one session. Multiple visits to a laser tattoo removal professional will be required before the tattoo is completely erased.
How many sessions are necessary? The answer is six to twelve, depending on each case. Deletions that require more than a dozen sessions are rare, but not unknown.
Between each session, you should give your body at least six weeks of rest to heal. Remember, the laser only breaks down the ink particles; you will still need to give your body enough time to expel them and recover from any (temporary) damage done by the laser. If your skin has a darker complexion, we could be talking about a healing time of eight weeks. Some professionals even recommend going up to three months, just to be sure.
These are some factors that will determine how many sessions you will need.
The color of your tattoo is an important factor in the effectiveness of laser treatments.
Darker pigments require fewer sessions to decompose than lighter ones. This may be contradictory. Dark colors often leave the worst stains on clothes, so you might think that the darker the ink, the more indelible it is.