The last several decades have seen a decided increase in tattoos, but the last decade has seen an equally large increase in individuals opting for laser tattoo removal.
Why Remove a Tattoo?
Nearly 50% of those who choose to get tattooed later regret their decision. There are any number of reasons why an individual would wish to remove their tattoo including a change of belief (especially when in regards to religions icon tattoos) a change in relationship status (in which case most individuals would want their partner’s name removed from a tattoo) or simply a change of mind regarding a particular piece of body art.
What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal is a method of removing tattoos using the energy of laser beams directed toward the ink in the skin. This breaks up the ink into small fragments which the body’s waste removal methods takes care of. While laser tattoo removal is not painless, it results in far less scarring than the old surgery techniques.
How Successful is Laser Tattoo Removal?
It is an unfortunate fact that not all tattoos can be successfully removed. This is more true of the tattoos that have been administered in the last decade than in the older tattoos, for the new methods of ink injection are designed to be permanent and even after laser removal treatments some residual imprinting or even scarring can occur.
Those who have fair skin or tattoos that have been imprinted on the chest, buttocks, legs or arms have the best chance of being able to be removed successfully. Dark skinned persons, or those who have had their angles, wrists or fingers tattooed are less likely to be successful candidates for laser tattoo removal.
Successful laser tattoo removal depends on a number of things depending on the size and location of the tattoo, the age of the individual having the tattoo removed, the colors used in the tattoo, the size of the tat and the patient’s ability to heal and, in short, there is no hard and fast guarantee that the laser can or will be removed successfully.
How Long Does Laser Tattoo Removal Take?
A great deal depends on the size of the tattoo. Individual laser removal sessions only take 5-15 minutes per visit, but larger and more intricate tattoos can require several laser removal sessions which are split up with 4-6 week recovery times in between each visit, so the process is not going to be an instant process.
How Much Does Laser Tattoo Removal Cost?
A great deal depends on the size and age of the tattoo, not to mention the location at which you have your tattoo removed. Larger clinics can afford to offer their patients better prices on tattoo laser removal packages, but even so, the removal of even a small tattoo can run into the hundreds of dollars.
Should You Get Your Tattoo Removed?
Getting one’s tattoo removed can depend on a good number of variables, not least of which is your budget. If you are on a tight budget, chances are that the cost of laser tattoo removal can be prohibitively expensive.
Even if you can afford it, you need to take into consideration the fact that laser tattoo removal is not always successful, so even if you can stomach the pain of the treatments and you can afford the cost, you may find after a series of sessions that you are no better off than you were before. The choice, of course, is yours.