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An Overview of Laser Tattoo Removal

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A beautician holds a laser device over the tattooed back of a girl to remove an unwanted tattoo.
March 15, 2023
AKJ Clinic Team
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Though there are many techniques available to eliminate unwanted tattoos, laser tattoo removal is widely regarded as the safest and most effective option. Knowing what to anticipate before a laser tattoo removal procedure can make the experience much more pleasant and successful. So, it is always important to trust renowned service providers like AKJ Skin and Laser Centre in Chennai.

If you're considering getting a tattoo removed with a laser, you may have many questions and concerns, from the cost, pain level, and recovery time. However, many false assumptions about the procedure can be found in online forums and elsewhere. In this article we have dispelled those myths so that you'll know what to anticipate before, during, and after your laser treatment. Let us take a look:

Laser Tattoo Removal- Busting the Myths

The procedure is quick

Although laser tattoo removal has undoubtedly advanced since its early days, it is still a lengthy procedure. The truth is that there is no way to know for sure how many sessions will be required to remove a tattoo. The number of sessions necessary to remove your tattoo will depend on various factors. Everyone has a unique experience getting a tattoo due to factors such as their age when they got the tattoo, the density and depth of their tattoos, the location of their tattoos, the colour of their tattoos, and their body's reaction to the procedure. Remember that you'll need time for your efforts to bear fruit. Removing the tattoo will take multiple sessions spaced out over a long period. Removing a tattoo with a laser is a process that can take time, so patience is required.

There is no pain involved

Laser tattoo removal is often misunderstood as a painless procedure. The truth is that it will hurt just as much, if not more, than getting the tattoo. This depends on how well someone can deal with pain. The removal process will be more uncomfortable if the ink is particularly thick or in a susceptible area. Pain relief options, both during and after laser tattoo removal, can be provided by your medical professional.

It can be very costly

Many people avoid getting tattoos because they fear the cost of removal will be too high, but if you can afford the tattoo, you can afford to have it removed with laser surgery. The price per session at a reputable laser clinic will be determined by the size of the area you want to be removed. The number of sessions necessary to remove a tattoo depends on various factors, some of which we will discuss below.

It will leave behind a scar

Laser tattoo removal can leave a faint scar, which is usually not noticeable. Scarring is conceivable, albeit highly unlikely, and the risk is relatively low if the correct procedures are followed. Certified laser specialists will only use the minimum energy necessary to avoid scarring. In addition, for optimal skin recovery, we advise waiting at least eight weeks between treatments. Picking at scabs left behind by laser treatments can cause scarring, so patients should be careful to avoid doing so after treatment.

All types of laser technology are the same

While it's true that every tattoo removal clinic will tell you they have cutting-edge equipment, not all do. Before making any commitments, learn as much as possible about their tools and technology. The lasers used for hair removal and tattoo removal share some of the same wavelengths, but the hair removal laser's pulse lasts much longer. A laser designed for removing hair emits a pulse approximately one million times longer than a laser designed to remove tattoos. Given the vast disparity in pulse width between the two processes, lasers designed for removing hair are wholly unsuitable for erasing tattoos. Much too long of an energy pulse will be directed, increasing the risk of thermal injury (burning) and possible scarring to the skin.

There is no need for aftercare

You will need to take some post-treatment steps to facilitate the healing process. Appointments to have your tattoo removed with a laser can be spaced up to every few weeks apart. Your tattoo artist will give you advice tailored to your skin tone and the design of your tattoo. The most common advice, however, includes the following:

  • Keeping the affected skin as clean as possible.
  • Avoiding direct sunlight.
  • Avoiding water near treated area
  • Other similar measures.

If you want the best results from laser tattoo removal, you must strictly adhere to the aftercare instructions provided by your medical professional.

Fresh ink cannot be erased

Tattoos can be removed at any age and any degree of fade. All that is required is no scabs or signs of infection on the skin, and we can treat brand-new tattoos. Tattoos less than a year old can be treated more effectively because the ink is still mainly on the skin's surface. Although everyone is different, laser tattoo removal should be delayed until the tattoo has fully healed, which usually takes about four weeks.

Tattoos disappear immediately

Due to the permanent nature of tattoos, many people thinking about getting rid of them have the mistaken impression that the process is a one-time deal.

To answer the question, "How long will my tattoo fade after laser removal?" we must first examine several confounding variables, such as:

  • How long has the tattoo been there?
  • How intricate or deep the tattoo is?
  • What are the colours used to make it?

All tattoo removal professionals are alike

Many people say they are professionals at removing tattoos with lasers. And the same holds for tattoo artists. Similar to seeking a highly skilled and reputable tattoo artist to ink you, you should do the same when searching for someone to remove your tattoos. You should always be careful when dealing with your skin. There has been plenty of instances where people had to face permanent skin damages when they opted for a cheaper, less qualified tattoo removal artist.

Laser tattoo removal is for everyone

Unfortunately, that's not how it works. People who had side effects after getting the tattoo should refrain from laser tattoo removal. It is possible for the fragmented pigment to enter the lymph nodes, triggering a systemic reaction throughout the body. This puts you at risk of life-threatening anaphylaxis. So, poor skin reactions are a warning sign that laser treatment might not be suitable for you. This procedure may not be appropriate for those who have allergies or have naturally dark skin as laser targets melanin and people with darker skin have greater amounts of this pigment.

Clearing the Misconceptions About Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is undoubtedly among the best methods of tattoo removal. However, there are several myths surrounding it and it is not suited to everyone. We hope this article has helped you decide whether it is right for you and has cleared most of your misconceptions around it. And, if it is right for you, there is no place in Chennai better than AKJ Skin and Laser Centre to do it better. Get in touch with us today!

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