Do you have a tattoo that seemed like a good idea when you got it but now comes off as a regretful decision? You’re in luck! Unwanted tattoos can now be removed effectively and efficiently.
Before making the decision to get a tattoo removed, however, take some time to learn about the procedure so you have realistic expectations on how the process will go and what the results will look like. There are a few methods used to remove unwanted tattoos. The right one for you will depend on your preference, type and size of your tattoo, and your doctor’s recommendation.
Tattoo removal procedures include:
· Laser Surgery – Laser surgery involves using powerful pulses of energy to heat and destroy tattoo ink.
To prepare for a laser surgery for tattoo removal, your doctor will numb the skin being treated with a local anesthetic. This will help make the procedure comfortable for you.
After the procedure, you should expect inflammation and pain. You may also experience swelling or some bleeding following the procedure. Make sure you keep the treated skin clean and dry, so you don’t get an infection.
Laser surgery does not necessarily remove a tattoo in a single session. Depending on the ink color, and size and intensity of the tattoo, you may need multiple sessions to completely remove the tattoo.
Laser surgery tattoo removal is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that can remove tattoos of all sizes and shapes. Its effectiveness and efficiency make it the top choice in tattoo removal.
· Surgical Removal – Another way to remove a tattoo is with surgery to physically remove the tattooed skin from the body.
Your surgeon will numb the skin using a local anesthetic and cut the tattooed section of skin completely off. The surgeon will then stitch together the skin surrounding the area to close the open wound.
After the procedure, you should keep the stitched area clean and dry to prevent infection.
Surgical tattoo removal will likely leave a scar where the tattooed skin was removed. While this may be a viable option for smaller tattoos, it is not necessarily the best choice for larger tattoos.
· Dermabrasion – Dermabrasion involves sanding down the skin so the tattoo ink can be lifted with skin layers, effectively lightening the tattoo until it disappears.
During a dermabrasion session, the tattooed skin is numbed using either a topical cream or cold forced air. The skin is then sanded down using a rotary device attached to a brush or wheel that rubs on the skin.
Dermabrasion can leave the skin sore for several days following the procedure and a complete recovery can take a few weeks. Multiple sessions may be required for most or all of the ink to adequately leave the skin.
You have choices if you’re considering tattoo removal. Thanks to technological advances, tattoo removal has never been easier and more effective. It’s a great time to have your unwanted tattoos removed.
If you would like to learn more about tattoo removal and which removal method may be right for you, visit the Vein Institute and MediSpa in Kingwood, Texas. The professionals at the Vein Institute and MediSpa offer a plethora of vein, facial, and body treatments, including unwanted tattoo removal for all skin tones. Call (281) 312-0208 to make an appointment today.