Most of us, if not all know someone who is obsessed with body art, in the form of tattoos. In fact, they have become so popular, that it’s hard to remember anyone without at least one. Although considered a part of mainstream culture today, this phenomenon has existed for thousands of years and is an essential part of the culture in many tribes across the globe.
The first tattoos appeared more than 5,000 years ago. They are there to tell stories of love, loss, adventures, lifestyle, but sometimes it happens they no longer tell the story of us, and we start thinking about the ways of removing them.
While the decision to get a tattoo can often be impulsive, the process of removing one still requires a little more time and money. However, with the advancement of technology, removal is becoming more accessible, and also more affordable than it once was.
But, before you embark on the adventure of removing the one from your teenage days or just want to get rid of some to make room for a new one, there are a couple of things you need to know and consider before removing it. The first thing is the effectiveness of removery and the side effects.
The most common method people opt for in desperate times is the removal using creams. Removery is generally considered a risk because it carries tons of side effects that could make you regret the decision to remove it.
Even though the cream method may be accessible to more people, you’ll be surprised to know that if you read the product usage instruction, no one actually promises that it will go away. They do mention, however, it could fade a bit. So, one can conclude that these creams actually do not work.
As for the alternative removal ways, there are a couple of more options, but laser removal is by far the most famous. Although, again, side-effects and actual removal may not be as successful as one expects.
Let’s take a look at how they work?
The basic principle on which laser removal works is breaking down the pigment in the skin. The laser emits the appropriate light wavelength at the target location and thus breaks down the pigment particles into smaller parts.
With a series of treatments, the particles become sufficiently broken until they are no longer visible. The whole process involves minimal damage to the surrounding skin. There is more than one way to remove a tattoo, but laser removal is the most popular method.
Sometimes tattoos can be removed surgically, although this has become a rarity today
There are many factors that can affect how it will react to the treatment, and some of the factors include the age and condition of the tattoo, whether it is done by an amateur or a professional, its position, and the type of pigment.
Consultations with a dermatologist before removal are necessary because everyone’s procedure is individual. Just because you heard from a friend that their tattoo was completely erased after two sessions, it does not mean that it applies to you.
How much time and the session it will take to completely remove the tattoo usually depends on its color
Black tattoos were once considered the easiest to remove, however, with the advent of new types of lasers, blue and green ones have taken first place. What is very important to reduce the risk of scars and unwanted changes in skin pigmentation is to protect the treated area from the sun before and after treatment. Another thing to know is that the removal really hurts.
So, how to avoid getting in a situation where you have to go through the actual removal?
The first and most important thing is to decide what kind of motif you want to tattoo since you’ll be wearing it for the rest of your life. Make sure you choose one that will represent something in your life and have a special meaning for you. Moreover, be aware that some motives you may like now, can be just a temporary thing.
You may outgrow them, and regret the choice later. Whether it is a text or an image, it is important to make a safe decision. If you are planning to wear it in a visible place, many times in your life you will be asked about its meaning. Make sure you have a better explanation than, “It looks good.” The most common mistake when choosing a motif is size.
It is important to choose the right place, also. Consider whether an easily visible one could represent a problem at work. Certain professions require immaculate skin, with no visible markings. Be aware that you are very likely to have it for the rest of your life, so by no means make hasty decisions that might seem bad to you in old age.
The process of getting a tattoo can often be painful, but it’s nothing that can’t be survived. However, some places on the body hurt more than others like the inside of the arm, chest, or feet. Examine yourself and your pain tolerance threshold before choosing the place you want to wear it.
Before you head to a salon, think again about why you decided to get a tattoo. The fact that more and more people are getting one or have recently had their best friend tattooed is not a good enough reason for you to do the same.
If, for whatever reason, you’re not sure what to have, or how it will look like, there’s always an option to get a temporary one. You wear it for some time and see how you feel about it. You may not like it after a couple of days, but if you do, then just make it a permanent thing by visiting a tattoo salon.
All of this is a way better idea than making a choice you will regret later.