Tattoo Removal


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Hi Everyone,

One of my followers has asked my advice on Tattoo Removal.  I’ve always had an interest in Laser/IPL therapy.  It can be quite difficult to remove tattoos compared to hair or  pigmentation however laser is the most common method for the safe removal of amateur and professional tattoos.

Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally. By passing a very short pulse of high power laser light through the skin, the tattoo ink is broken into smaller particles, which the body is able to remove.

Tattoos can usually be removed between 8 and sometimes 18-20 sessions depending on the type of tattoo.  You could pay anything from 100 to 300 euros depending on the amount of sessions needed.

Every tattoo is different.  No one laser can remove all types of tattoo ink results. Red, black and dark blue are usually easier to fade than white, grey, yellow or orange.

Typical treatment sessions last between 5 and 40 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo. The lasers do cause discomfort during treatment, similar to being “snapped” with a rubber band. Most people equate the pain of tattoo removal with the pain of getting the tattoo. Some areas are more sensitive than others, such as ankles and the shoulder blade. The pain tends to decrease as treatment progresses and the tattoo ink fades. Most patients tolerate the discomfort of treatment very well, but a local anaesthetic is available if required.

Redness and swelling may occur, similar to sunburn.  The treated area should not be exposed to strong sunlight between sessions without the use of sunblock (SPF 30). Darker skinned patients may notice some lightening of the skin (depigmentation). Another side effect can be redness or burning from Laser and it is imperative that your therapist is fully qualified and insured.   There is no evidence  to suggest that the treatment can lead to skin disorders or an increased risk of cancer.

The best piece of advice I can give is to always think seriously before getting a tattoo in the first place.

Hope this helps x

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About the Author

, Dermatology Clinical Nurse Specalist for 10 years but skincare and aesthetics addict for longer.
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