It seems like everyone has a tattoo these days. But not everyone who has one wants to keep it. Tattoo regret is common, but living with the regret doesn’t have to be.
As the number of people with tattoos increases, so does the need for improved tattoo removal methods. The process has evolved from harmful treatments, such as acid removal and excision of the skin, to simple, easy, quick treatments like L’Arte Della Bellezza’s state of the art PicoSure laser, now being used to remove those unwanted tattoos.
Tattoo removal methods are not one size fits all, and it’s important to understand the differences between them. Below, we outline some major guidelines regarding tattoo removal.
1. Not all Tattoos Disappear at the Same Rate
It’s important to set your expectations by speaking with a laser treatment expert. Some tattoos fade only partially after certain treatments. The PicoSure laser available at L’Arte Della Bellezza delivers energy to the tattoo ink in picoseconds – which is a trillionth of a second – compared to other lasers that deliver energy in a nanosecond, or a billionth of a second. According to CynoSure, the developer and manufacturer of the PicoSure Laser: “Traditional nanosecond lasers predominately rely on photo thermal action, delivering heat to the pigment and surrounding tissue. PicoSure takes advantage of Pressure Wave Technology to shatter the target ink into tiny particles that are easily eliminated by the body.”
2. Older Tattoos are Easier to Remove and Their Location Matters
With laser treatments, older tattoos fade more easily than newer ones. Fading is also generally slower for tattoos located further down the arm or leg.
3. Some Lasers are Less Painful Than Others, and the Downtime for Each Varies
The PicoSure system is less painful and less expensive than other tattoo-removal treatments. With PicoSure, there’s no downtime! There’s also less time needed between appointments! Find out more about the number of treatments, here.
4. Sunscreen is Critical!
Laser treatments may darken or lighten skin pigment over and around the tattoo, just as the sun darkens skin upon exposure. To minimize changes in your skin tone, apply sunscreen daily, both before and after laser tattoo removal. You should also contact your skin care expert and ask for a recommendation.
5. Allergic Reactions are Common with Certain Tattoo Removal Treatments
If you experienced an allergic reaction when getting your tattoo, advise your doctor. It’s known that Q-switched lasers for tattoo removal trigger more serious allergic reactions; so if you had an allergic reaction while receiving or after the tattoo, opt for the PicoSure laser for tattoo removal.
6. Myth: No Laser Can Remove all Tattoo Colors
Before PicoSure, no single laser could remove all tattoo colors. But Cynosure’s PicoSure laser, which utilizes breakthrough, cutting edge technology, has been proven effective at removing all tattoo ink, including blue, green and purple hues.
At L’Arte Della Bellezza, we can address all your tattoo removal concerns. For more tattoo removal tips and information on anti-aging, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.