Estimates suggest that around 10% of the people living in the U.S. have at least one tattoo. Current trends suggest that around 50% of those individuals will wish to have their tattoo removed via laser tattoo removal.
If you are among the 50% that now or soon will wish for a tattoo to be removed, you will be happy to know that advances continue to be made in laser tattoo removal techniques. Today it is possible to eliminate a tattoo and to do so with very few side effects. Here is how the procedure works: a high-intensity beam of light (the laser) removes the tattoo by dissolving the pigments (colors) in the tattoo.
Some pigments are easier to treat. For example, black tattoo ink is able to absorb all of the different wavelengths of lasers, so it is the easiest of all. Certain other hues are only able to be treated using lasers that are selected specifically for use on those pigments.
What Type Of People Benefit Most From Laser Tattoo Removal?
Every tattoo is different; therefore the techniques used to remove each tattoo have to be designed specifically for each individual tattoo. There were other techniques that were commonly used in the past, but those other techniques tend to leave scars that leave a person wishing they’d just left the tattoo there rather than be left with ugly scarring.
If you have had a tattoo treated in the past without success, you may still be a good candidate for laser tattoo removal. If you tried home remedies and they just didn’t work for you, you may still be able to ge great results with laser treatment.
How Can I Locate A Decent Doctor For Laser Tattoo Removal?
If you want to have a tattoo removed with laser tattoo removal, you need to ensure that you are going to a decent doctor if you wish to have good results. First see if you can get any recommendations from friends, family members or your current physician for a dermatologist or a skin care specialist that is trained in tattoo removal.
How Many Laser Tattoo Removal Procedures Will I Need To Remove My Tattoo?
Each practitioner has their own procedures, so it is not easy to describe exactly what you will experience at your initial treatment. The first thing you should do is call to arrange a consultation with your laser tattoo removal specialist. At that time you will learn exactly what will transpire during your treatments. You may need just one visit, but most people need at least two to three visits. Some cases require a great deal of visits in order to be completely successful. It really depends a lot on the precise color and size of the tattoo you wish to be removed, as well as the age of the tattoo and whether it was done by a professional tattoo artist or an amateur. Skin color also plays a part in the removal, as does how deep beneath the skin the ink is.