Laser tattoo removal: using technology to remove unwanted tattoos

There were times when people had to live with their unwanted tattoos all their lives. They had to cover up their tattoos with makeup and clothing. Luckily, people today have more options.

People want to be rid of their tattoos for various reasons. Perhaps they have grown out a particular phase of their lives or perhaps they regret getting tattoos on their bodies with the names of ex'es or people that are no longer important to them. Many people also want to remove tattoos because they believe that other people might perceive their tattoo designs as being old-fashioned or dated. Others want to remove their tattoos due to professional reasons.

Whatever your reason for wanting to get rid of tattoos on your face or body, you need to research what works best for you. With advances in technology it is no longer necessary to burden yourself with your unwanted tattoos. There are now several options available to get rid of tattoos on your face or body, the most promising being laser tattoo removal.

What is laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal involves using short pulses of laser to target tattoo ink beneath your skin's surface. Laser beams break down the ink pigment and over the next few weeks, your body's cleaner cells, called macrophages, will carry these broken down pigment pieces out of your skin. The process is not immediate and it may take several weeks to notice the effects of laser tattoo removal. Total removal of your tattoos might take multiple sessions depending on the type of tattoo and the colors used. Generally, it is easier to get rid of darker ink colors like black, blue and dark green and a bit harder to get rid of lighter shades such as orange or yellow. Your skin tone can also affect your results. Lighter skin tones will see better results because the laser is able to distinguish between dark ink pigment and skin color easily. With the advent of the Q-switched Yag laser, darker skins can also get their tattoos removed with laser without risking severe side effects like hyperpigmentation.

Tattoo laser removal is an outpatient procedure and most people are able to return to work the same day. There is some pain involved and most people describe the feeling of snapping a rubber band against your skin. After laser tattoo removal, you will have to take care of your skin until it heals to avoid problems later. There might be some risk of scarring in some people and others might notice a loss of their natural skin pigment. Your results will depend upon the condition of your skin and the depth and length of the actual tattoo. Talk to a specialist about the best way to use laser tattoo removal on your skin.

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