How to get a tattoo removed

These days they are considered a part of mainstream culture, the phenomenon of tattoos has existed for several thousand years, and the first tattoos appeared more than 5000 years ago. Tattoos tell many stories – about love, loss, reckless moves and summer adventures, but, if for some reason the tattoo you own no longer speaks your language, know that you are not alone.

girl laying on bed with tattoo on the hand
girl laying on bed with tattoo on the hand

While the decision to get a tattoo can very often be impulsive, the process of removing it still requires a little more time and money. However, with the advancement of technology, tattoo removal is not only becoming more effective but also much more accessible, but also more affordable than it used to be.
However, before embarking on the adventure of removing a tattoo from your teenage days or simply wanting to get rid of some tattoos to make room for a new one, there are some things to know and consider before removing it.

The basic principle behind laser tattoo removal is to break down the pigment in the skin.
The laser emits an appropriate light wavelength at the target location, thereby breaking down the pigment particles into smaller parts.
With a series of treatments, the particles become sufficiently broken down until they are no longer visible. The whole process involves minimal damage to the surrounding skin.

There is more than one way to remove a tattoo, but laser removal is the most popular method.
Sometimes tattoos can also be surgically removed, although this has become a rarity today.

Many removal methods, such as chemical peels or dermabrasion, were used before the use of lasers, but these were associated with very high rates of scarring and other unwanted side effects, so their use was completely eliminated.
The laser can be combined with the whitening treatment, but the success of the treatment depends on the site being treated and the type of tattoo.

Laser tattoo removal schema
Laser tattoo removal schema

In order to completely remove the tattoo, an average of 10 to 20 laser treatments are required, but there is always the possibility that even afterwards the results may not be satisfactory.

There are many factors that can affect how a tattoo will respond to laser treatment, and some of the factors include the age and condition of the tattoo, whether it is done by an amateur or professional, its location and the type of pigment.
Keep in mind that the removal process always depends on your tattoo.
Consultation with a dermatologist before removal is necessary as each procedure is individual.

Just because you heard from a friend that their tattoo was completely erased after two sessions does not mean that it applies to you as well.
The amount of time and sessions it will take to completely remove a tattoo usually depends on its color.
Black tattoos were once considered the easiest to remove, however, with the advent of new types of lasers, blue and green tattoos have taken the top spot.

What is very important to reduce the risk of scarring and unwanted changes in skin pigmentation is to protect the treated area from the sun before and after the treatment.
Another thing to know is that tattoo removal hurts. However, if you have experienced the pain and discomfort of the very act of tattooing, this should not be a big problem.Tattoo removal is annoying, but there are many ways to reduce pain if the tattoo is small enough, such as special creams and ice.The location of the tattoo can also affect the pain. There are parts of the body that are more sensitive, so local anesthetics are used in these cases.

Hands with a color and abstract tattoos with text Be Creative
Hands with a color and abstract tattoos with text Be Creative

After treatment, it is normal to expect the treated area to be red, swollen and / or blue, and a wound formation is possible.

If you are removing an old tattoo for a new one in the same place, you should wait a while before doing it again.Generally speaking, when the skin heals from the acute effects of the laser, re-tattooing is possible.This period usually lasts from one to four weeks, depending on the area in which the tattoo is located.

Removal of a color rose tattoo from the shoulder of a blonde woman
Removal of a color rose tattoo from the shoulder of a blonde woman

Like most medical procedures, removing a tattoo is not without its risks. Risks may include, but are not limited to, scars and lasting changes in skin pigmentation.

What is of the utmost importance is the selection of the proper laser wavelength and pulse duration, but also that the treatment is carried out appropriately by experts.However, there are certain health problems and the consumption of certain drugs that can completely prevent laser treatment.

Generally speaking, tattooing is not a big deal nowadays because every tattoo can be removed at any time.

However, even with increasing popularity, tattoo removal is still considered to be a fairly expensive procedure.Depending on a number of factors, tattoo removal can cost you up to several hundred dollars per treatment.This certainly means that you should think carefully about whether this is what you really want, just as you should think carefully before tattooing.Consider all the options if you want to get rid of tattoos. Do the research and ask for consultation with different clinics and specialists before going for the procedure.

Remember, tattoo removal can be expensive and time consuming, so if you do, you should do it safely and properly.