I love my tattoos…all 5 of them and can’t say that I want to remove them right now but we all know someone who has regrettable ink. In a recent article from the Huffington post it was reported that nearly 1/3 of brits with tattoos regret getting them. People who do have second thoughts are left with 2 options…cover it up or remove it! This weeks post it about tattoo removal using lasers and what to expect…
Why laser tattoo removal?
The most effective, safe and researched option for tattoo removal is using a Q-Switch laser. Obviously make sure that you’re going to an accredited clinic with plenty of good reviews and high standards.
STAY AWAY from things like this…
I found this on eBay of all places…100% TCA peel should in NO circumstances be sold online and should certainly not be administered by someone with no medical qualifications. The reviews attached to this product involve people saying that they have been permanently scarred and I am not surprised.
No matter how much you want to get rid of a tattoo, please do not opt for horrendous products such as this, you will be at risk of permanently disfiguring yourself by using god knows what on your skin!
How does laser tattoo removal work?
The light energy emitted by the laser is absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo in the dermis where it reacts to break it into tiny particles that are absorbed by the body and safely excreted. The darker the tattoo the faster is works and the more effective it is.
How many treatments you need will depend on many things….
How old it is – older tattoos will take less treatments than newer tattoos
The colour – black is the easiest colour to get rid of, lighter colours such as light blue or light pink for example are harder to get rid of
Where it is – areas such as the toes, fingers and ears that have less circulation may take longer to see results
Type of tattoo – Shading is easier to remove than dense block colour
Most cases take between 3-12 treatments to remove. When being consulted, your practitioner should be able to give you an estimate of the amount of treatments that you’ll need. Make sure that you have a consultation and feel happy with the practitioner before you go ahead with any procedures.
Be prepared for the long haul, with the breaks needed between treatments it can take months, in some cases years to get rid of the tattoo totally.
What does the treatment feel like?
I haven’t personally had the treatment done but I hear that it is pretty painful. Cool air and ice packs can be used to reduce discomfort. Clients described it as a very hot flick and then a burning sensation. Click here for a link to see tattoo removal in action!
How much does it cost?
Price will always vary depending on clinic, device used, location, size of tattoo and type of tattoo. Clinics charge between £50-£800 with the average being £200 per session making tattoo removal a pricey procedure. In clinic we would advise it would cost on average 10 times the price of the original tattoo!
Will the tattoo completely go?
You need to be prepared for the skin where the tattoo was to not be completely as it was before. Your practitioner should set out clear, realistic expectations at consultation. Some clients will be able to achieve complete removal, however scarring or lightening of the skin in the area is just as likely. Everyone’s results will vary dependent of many factors, as listed above so go in prepared to be patient.
So maybe think twice when you’re about to get that pirate tattooed on your chest at 2am, because it will cost you a lot of time, money and pain to get rid of it! For accredited clinics, click here to go to Consultingroom to find tattoo removal clinics in your area.
If you have any questions or would like any suggestions on clinics in your area feel free to contact me.
Thank you for reading