Useful Tips For Removing Tattoo

Tattoo is a popular form of body art that give fashion buffs endless possibilities to beautify their bodies. Tattoos are meant to be permanent images, an expression to the world about who you are. Some tattoo removal methodsl can be horribly expensive and somewhat disappointing at times.

Tattoo Removing Tips

There are many ways to remove a tattoo, but none of the methods are painless. They all require healing time, and in some cases, scarring may occur and some of the tattoo pigments may remain. The best method for removal depends on the size, location and age of the tattoo. Larger, older tattoos on thick skin are the hardest to remove and may yield the most side effects.

  • Some tattoos fade only partially after laser treatments.
  • Older tattoos fade more easily than newer ones.
  • Fading is generally slower for tattoos located further down the arm or leg.
  • Amateur tattoos are usually easier to remove than professional tattoos.
  • No single laser can remove all tattoo colors. Different dyes respond to different light wavelengths.
  • Black and dark green are the easiest colors to remove; yellow, purple, turquoise and fluorescent dyes are hardest.
  • Tattooing itself may scar or change skin texture, an effect often hidden by the dyes. If laser removal uncovers skin changes, you may be left with what looks like a “ghost” of your old tattoo.
  • Laser treatments may darken or lighten skin pigment over and around the tattoo.
  • Apply sunscreen before and after laser tattoo removal to minimize changes in your skin pigment. For the same reason, wait for your tan to fade before having a tattoo removed.
  • Certain cosmetic tattoos, such as red, white and flesh-colored lip liners, may darken immediately with laser therapy.
  • If immediate skin darkening is a concern, the laser should be tested on a small spot first.
  • If you experienced an allergic reaction when getting your tattoo – intense itching and swelling of dyed area(s) — tell your doctor. Using a “Q-switched” laser to remove the tattoo can trigger a more serious allergic reaction.

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