Bad Ink – Recognizing When It's Time For Laser Tattoo Removal
by: Robin Derry
Ahh the joys of youth. Rebelliousness and anti-authority impulses. Edgy friends and edgy garage and hip hop music. Late nights. New found freedoms of expression. No wonder that tattoos caught on with kids, athletes, musicians and artists, businessmen and even your local book-organizing prim librarian. Why not show that you're unique, that quiet smug knowledge that you're-still-you and not entirely the Company Man?
It seems that around 25,000 people receiving laser tattoo removal treatments each year have concluded that "my tattoo just doesn't look right anymore...it's not me". Art, ego or simply a pragmatic understanding that people-in-careers need to project a clean "professional look"?
What's Involved In Laser Tattoo Removal? Unlike getting your tattoo, which may have taken minutes or an hour, removing tattoos is more involved. Why? Because, your "artwork" is not clinging to your skin surface like a band aid, rather is imbedded deeper within the sub-dermal tissues. With laser tattoo removal, you'll undergo a series of treatments, each spaced 1 to 2 months apart in order to allow your skin rejuvenation to occur. Your total treatment period may be 6 to 12 months in order to achieve the sort of skin resurfacing results you're aiming for.
What Are The "Obstacles" Blocking Your Results? It's in the nature of a tattoo to be "permanent". It's no wonder that "permanent" artwork may take some serious treatment before it yields.
* Color Of Tattoo Inks - Light Colors Stay On. Laser tattoo removal succeeds best when applied to red and black colors. Once you add lighter colors into a tattoo design, then not even a laser can truly treat these skin areas with success, due to the fact that these color do not absorb the laser. For example, white colors actually turn black when laser treated.
Result? These lighter colors merely fade or convert into a "smudge" rather than disappear.
* Better Tattoo Artists Create Technical Hurdles To Laser Removal. When you were impulsive, the idea of getting a tattoo from a "virtuoso" tattoo artist would be the crowing touch to what may now be considered "one of the dumbest decisions I ever made". When it comes time for laser tattoo removal of a highly artistic and intricate design, then the artist usually wins over the machine. Meaning? Some areas of your tattoo remain impervious to laser removal therapy.
* Ink Chemistry - Whether FDA Sanctioned or Not. Inks are not simply inks. While the FDA does supervise the class of ink chemistry applied to tattoos, this doesn't mean that the local screwball tattoo shop might not see the opportunity to make more money by substituting the class of "printer inks". These dangerous inks set into a tattoo that in many cases will not respond to laser light treatment. Reason? These inks have an unique chemical profile or "signature" which does not permit the levels of laser light absorption necessary to actually remove the coloring.
Health Risks Of Laser Tattoo Removal. Local anesthetic is used to numb your tattoo treatment area. Only one section of your tattoo is treated at each session. You'll need 1 to 2 months before your next treatment in order to heal. Could you get infections, or not heal properly? Of course. And what about "mixed results", where the tattoo more-or-less is gone, yet your skin pigmentation has been damaged? Yes, skin pigmentation
Get additional info about laser tattoo removal surgery, costs, a guide to choosing the best surgeon plus alternative tattoo removal therapies such as dermabrasion so that you decide for yourself what’s best for your body image.
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