What happens when you realize that the tattoo you thought was amazing no longer seems like a great decision?
According to a recent tattoo survey, a whopping 42% of Americans have at least one tattoo and 25% of tattoo recipients regret their decision. At the time, that tattoo seemed like a great idea.
In the not so distant past, there were few options available for tattoo removal. Excision was one option however; it wasn’t ideal –trade off the tattoo you dislike for a scar didn’t seem like a practical solution. Covering up the tattoo with another but wasn’t ideal either so many people just lived with their bad decision.
Fortunately, technology has provided us with another, better alternative. FDA approved Laser treatments are now available that specifically target the tattoo ink. The laser breaks down the pigment into very small particles that are absorbed into the blood stream and eliminated.
Treatment involves a series of appointments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Certain pigments resolve more easily than others so the number of sessions will vary from person to person. Other factors include the type of ink used, age of tattoo and skin color. Costs will vary on the size of the tattoo, and the number of sessions required. There is minimal discomfort associated with the treatment and post-recovery period.
Lasers should be used by appropriately trained medical professions such as an M.D. or an R.N. under the guidance of a physician. There is risk associated with this treatment so be sure your medical professional is properly trained!