Many of us among the heavily (and not-so-heavily) tattooed have at least one piece of ink we regret getting. And while tattoo removal is relatively common, most of us have heard horror stories about how it feels and how successful it is. Fortunately, most of the things you probably have heard are just that: stories. It’s time to set the record straight on laser tattoo removal.
What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal is a non-invasive treatment that fully, or partially, removes an unwanted tattoo.
How is Tattoo Removal Performed?
Tattoo removal is performed by a process of laser treatments. The laser essentially breaks up the ink particles, letting the body flush them away naturally.
How Long Does It Take?
The answer to this question significantly differs on a case-by-case basis. However, we can say that most people achieve their desired results after their series of treatments. The treatments are usually spaced a set amount of time apart, giving your body time to heal fully between sessions. And while the process may seem like a long one, the end results are designed to be permanent. The tattoo that you no longer want will be gone forever.
What Does Tattoo Removal Feel Like?
This is the big question. Contrary to popular belief, the discomfort involved in getting a tattoo removed is actually quite similar to receiving the tattoo itself. Basically, if you can handle getting the tattoo done, you can handle getting it removed.
Why Do People Choose Laser Tattoo Removal?
The reasons why people choose to undergo laser tattoo removal are vast. Tattoos are little moments of time etched into the skin, and the truth is that some don’t age as well as others. For instance, if your favorite band was Guns N’ Roses and you got their name tattooed on your arm at age 18, the chances that they are still your favorite band at age 38 are pretty slim. Also, some tattoos are just badly done.
People also choose to get tattoos removed before significant life events. Weddings are a popular reason – especially if you have your ex-girlfriend’s name tattooed below a heart on your neck. In short, the reasons for tattoo removal are as varied and personal as the reasons why people choose to get tattooed in the first place.
Can You Partially Remove a Tattoo?
Certainly! Many people choose to remove only the writing in particular pieces, leaving the rest of the piece intact.
If laser tattoo removal is something that you’ve seriously been considering, then don’t hesitate to turn to the experts at Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser, located in Midtown, Harlem, and Washington Heights. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!