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Is tattoo removal effective?
Thinking about removing some ink? There are several ways to remove tattoos:
Tattoo removal is usually effective, but some tattoos are more difficult to remove than others. For example, old tattoos and tattoos are easier to remove than new tattoos.
Some colors are easier to remove than others. These include:
Compared with smaller, lighter, less colorful tattoos, larger, more colorful tattoos are usually more time-consuming and more expensive.
Due to the risk of side effects, it may be more difficult to remove your tattoo if you have:
pre-existing skin diseases, such as eczema
affects skin health, such as herpes.
However, if any of these applies to you, it does not mean that you cannot remove the tattoo. This just means that you may need a little time to find the deletion option that suits you best.
Tattoo removal type
When considering tattoo removal options, you need to consider several factors, including:
Again, these factors largely depend on the size, complexity and condition of the tattoo, as well as your skin.
Most experts believe that laser tattoo removal is the most successful and cost-effective method. Usually the laser cannot completely remove the tattoo. On the contrary, they will significantly reduce or dilute it, so it is not so obvious.
Nowadays, most tattoos are removed by Q-switched laser, and the energy emitted by Q-switched laser is very pulsed. This pulse of energy heats the ink in the skin to dissolve it. You will need several laser treatments in a few weeks or longer to remove the tattoo. Older or less complex tattoos require less treatment, while newer or more complex tattoos require more treatment.
If your skin is dark, you may need to consider adjusting the Nd3360YAG laser treatment, which is less likely to change the color of dark skin than the traditional Q-switched laser.
Generally speaking, laser treatment requires about 7 to 10 trusted sources to remove tattoos. You have to wait 6 to 8 weeks between two meetings to get the best results.
After each meeting, you need to follow any follow-up instructions provided. Usually, this requires applying an antibacterial ointment to the skin for a few days. The ointment will help heal your skin and reduce the risk of infection. Change the wound dressing every time you apply ointment.
At least in the next two weeks:
Keep the treatment area clean and dry.
Avoid wearing tight clothes.
Avoid exposing the treatment area to direct sunlight.
Do not pick any scabs or blisters.
Laser tattoo removal usually has a lower risk of scarring than other removal methods. Just be sure not to choose this area when healing, because it will increase your risk of scarring.
Removal surgery, also called tattoo removal, involves removing the tattooed skin and stitching the remaining skin together. It is the most invasive method of tattoo removal and the only guarantee method for complete removal of tattoos.
is usually cheaper than laser resection, but it always leaves scars. Therefore, it is usually done only on smaller tattoos.
Surgery is usually performed in the plastic surgery office. You will receive local anesthesia before the surgeon uses a sharp knife-like instrument called a scalpel to remove the tattooed skin. Then, they stitched the remaining skin together. The process itself may take several hours, depending on the size of the tattoo.
The healing process will last for several weeks. During this period, you need to use the prescribed or recommended ointment for several days to help the skin heal and avoid the risk of infection. Keep the area clean and away from sunlight for at least 2 weeks, and follow the surgeon’s instructions for postoperative care.
Microdermabrasion involves removing the surface layer with a grinding device to allow the ink to ooze out. Its effectiveness varies from person to person, making it an unpopular choice.
If you have very sensitive skin or suffer from skin diseases such as eczema, you need to skip microdermabrasion. If you take blood thinners, you may also have a higher risk of bleeding, bruising, and skin color changes after surgery. People with darker skin may also be at greater risk of skin pigment changes.
During a typical dermabrasion, the clinician will use a local anesthetic to relieve any pain. They will use a high-speed rotating grinding device to abrade off the top layer of the skin, allowing the tattoo ink to escape.
Usually, this is done during surgery in the cosmetic surgeon’s office. The time required for the operation depends on the size and color of the tattoo. Large tattoos of multiple colors may take more than an hour to process.
Within a few days after treatment, the treated area may feel pain and astringency.
Complete recovery may take two to three weeks. The pink or discoloration of the treated area usually disappears within 8 to 12 weeks.
When you recover, your clinician may recommend that you:
Apply ointment to prevent infection.
Avoid direct sunlight for 3-6 months after surgery.
Apply sunscreen to this area every time you go out.
Avoid wearing tights in this area until healed.
Avoid soaking the area in water because it will heal.
Some people will leave scars due to microdermabrasion treatment. You can reduce scars in the following ways:
Use the prescribed ointment.
Avoid the sun.
Use anti-scar oil and cream after the treatment area is completely healed.
After treatment, microdermabrasion may cause:
Changes in skin tone, such as lightening, darkening, or spots.
or redness, discoloration, swelling and bleeding.
In order to prevent these complications, be sure to follow the clinician’s instructions for recuperation. Ensure that the clinician also has proper permission and good evaluation (see below for more details).
Tattoo thawing and chemical peels are the most widely used and cheapest options. There is a reason for this: there is no conclusive evidence that they are effective. According to public reports, at best, they may slightly reduce their tattoos. In the worst case, they can cause severe chemical burns from trusted sources.
Due to the high risk of skin irritation and allergic reactions, experts do not recommend using DIY tattoo thawing to remove tattoos.