Old Tattoos

Tattoo Removal: Erasing Mistakes

There are any number of reasons for deciding to have a tattoo removal procedure. Perhaps a tattoo acquired in your youth is preventing you from obtaining a job you desire, or is embarrassing you in a new social scene. You may be among the many people who got a tattoo in order to establish membership with a gang, or to commemorate a person you loved, and now perhaps you want out of that gang, or you want to forget the person that broke your heart. The positive element of tattoo removal is that you will be free of the burden of a tattoo you seriously regret for any reason. But there are limitations and risks associated with tattoo removal and you should consult with a doctor before deciding to undergo such a procedure. A doctor will also be able to inform you about the wide array of options that you have for tattoo removal.

Historically, methods of tattoo removal have existed for quite some time, but until recently most of them were extremely painful or ineffective. These methods of tattoo removal included something called dermabrasion, a process in which a doctor would actually grind away the top layer of skin over the tattoo through abrasive friction. Another method of tattoo removal was excision, a surgical option where the tattoo would be cut out and the surrounding skin sewn back together over the hole. These methods of tattoo removal caused so much damage to the skin and regularly resulted in severe scarring, that they are usually only used today in extreme cases where modern techniques are not an option due to some sort of complication.

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Thankfully you do not have to depend on such techniques of tattoo removal, with the advent of laser technology lasers have become the preferred and the most common method of tattoo removal. Laser Tattoo Removal works by targeting the ink in your skin with highly concentrated light that break the tattoo into tiny fragments, which can then be cleared away by your own immune system. Unfortunately, laser tattoo removal usually requires more than one session to completely remove a tattoo. The more treatments you have, the more the laser can penetrate to destroy the ink, and the less visible the tattoo will be. The downside is that the more treatments you have, the more damage that can be done to your skin, sometimes resulting in painful blisters and even scarring. Techniques of laser tattoo removal have improved over the years and the technology has advanced to the point where scarring is generally minimal, and sometimes even non-existent, but this will vary depending on your body and tattoo.

There are few varieties of laser tattoo removal treatments which may be more appropriate for your treatment depending on a variety of factors. If you are considering laser tattoo removal you should take care to educate yourself about the subject so that you have realistic expectations of the results laser tattoo removal can achieve for you, and when you are ready, talk to a doctor to address any remaining concerns you may have.

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