There are many reasons you may want a tattoo removed – from regretting the decision to disliking the final result. Whatever the reason for your buyer’s remorse, there’s good news in that you’re no longer stuck with that tattoo for the rest of your life. Advances in technology have made it possible to have the ink removed and learning more about the process can put you at ease and help you make the decision to move forward with a removal.
A Deeper Look at the Tattoo Removal Process in Austin, TX
You may already know that a laser is used to remove the tattoo, but you may not understand how the technology works. The laser’s light will be focused on the tattoo and, as it makes contact, it will break up the ink into small pieces or fragments. Those fragments are absorbed into the bloodstream and, just like any toxin, will be eventually flushed out of your system.
As you may guess, this is a long process, requiring several sessions to complete. It takes several weeks for just one session to be effective and the number of required treatments will depend on the size and quality of the tattoo. The more colorful and vibrant the tattoo, the more sessions it will take to implement complete removal.
You may be wondering about the experience and recovery from the treatment, but there’s little reason for concern. The procedure has been improved over the years to significantly reduce scarring. There’s no more than a 5% chance of scarring. Additionally, the process is painless and almost completely sensation-free. Some patients report the sensation of having a rubber band snapped against their skin, but that’s it. You probably received more pain in getting the tattoo than that which the removal process will cause.
How Long Does Complete Removal of a Tattoo Take?
As previously mentioned, the removal process will vary for each individual, depending on a variety of factors. In addition to the quality of the ink used to create the tattoo, factors such as your skin type and age will also play a part. Again, the size of the tattoo is also a consideration and smaller tattoos may be removed in fewer sessions.
Generally, homemade tattoos are often poorer in quality and easier to remove. This means they can often be removed in just one to six sessions. Professional tattoos require a more extensive process and can take up to 10 sessions for complete removal. It’s important to understand that each session requires a recovery process, before the next session can be conducted. Depending on the quality of the tattoo and the laser settings required, patients may need recovery times of six weeks up to 12 weeks between each session.
When you submit to a tattoo removal treatment at Clean Slate Ink, you can rest assured that you’re in the care of trained and experienced medical professionals. Additionally, our staff are certified to work with the laser equipment, before they can treat any patients. Additionally, our clinic operates under strict state laws and utilizes the most recent technology to provide safe and effective tattoo removals.
Just as is true of any medical procedure, it’s important to attend an initial consultation and learn more details about the process. This can help us assess your needs and provide you with an accurate estimate in terms of the number of sessions you will need. This is also an opportunity for you to get all of your questions answered about the process. Laser technology has made it possible for anyone to eliminate unwanted tattoos, so there’s no reason for you to continue wearing ink that makes you feel uncomfortable or displeased.