If you are considering tattoo removal, you probably want to know the facts about the procedure. We would like to share the five most common myths about laser tattoo removal.
Myth 1: Laser Tattoo Removal is Painless.
Getting a tattoo removed involves about the same level of pain as getting one applied. Luckily, there are a few measures you and your technician can take to decrease the discomfort of laser tattoo removal. You can apply an ice pack or a topical cream like lidocaine 30 minutes before the procedure. Some clinics offer the option of administering a local anesthetic before laser tattoo removal. Additionally, they can use a cold-air machine to minimize pain during the procedure.
Myth 2: Any Clinic with a Laser Can Remove Tattoos.
It is important to investigate your options when you are contemplating a tattoo removal procedure. During your initial consultation, check the credentials of your technician. Look for obvious signs of faulty hygiene, and ask the technician to show you the equipment he or she will be using. A qualified tattoo removal technician should be able to answer any questions you might have. Try another clinic if you feel uncomfortable with the technician at your consultation.
Myth 3: Every Tattoo Removal Procedure is the Same.
Various factors determine the length of the procedure and number of sessions needed for laser tattoo removal such as:
- The location of the tattoo– Some parts of the body present more difficulty for tattoo removal.
- Scarring– Removing ink from scar tissue can present additional challenges. Also, pre-existing scarring cannot be removed by a tattoo removal procedure.
- Ink Colors– Some colors of tattoo ink are harder to remove than others.
- Layered tattoos– Cover-up tattoos take longer to remove.
- Fitzpatrick Skin Type– Different types of skin need specialized treatment to avoid unwanted discoloration.
Your tattoo removal technician will consider these factors to give you the most accurate estimate possible for your procedure.
Myth 4: Laser Tattoo Removal Has No Side Effects
Although serious side effects are rare, laser tattoo removal does come with some relatively minor side effects including:
- Changes in pigmentation
- Redness and Swelling
Redness and swelling usually get better within a few days, just like when getting a tattoo applied. Laser tattoo removal can temporarily disrupt the production of melanin in the skin which can lead to lighter or darker pigmentation. Patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for several weeks after the procedure.
Myth 5: The Healing Process is the Same with Every Tattoo Removal.
Some tattoos require several sessions to remove, and each needs several weeks of healing time between sessions. The physical health and immunity of the patient have a big effect on healing times. However, patients can speed up healing times somewhat by carefully following the aftercare instructions given to them by their laser tattoo removal specialist.
If you are considering laser tattoo removal, call us today at (585) 410-0207 to book your free consultation. We will be happy to address any concerns you might have.