Before making your final decision of whether to tattoo or not to tattoo, you should understand everything that is involved with laser tattoo removal, (just in case you have any regrets).
1. How Much Does It Cost?
The process costs anywhere between $200 and $500 per session, and you will probably need between 10 and 20 treatments for the removal to be successful. The number of sessions is largely dependent on the size of the tattoo and the variety of colors that were used.
A different light spectrum needs to be used to break down different colors of ink. Be aware that there is no light spectrum for turquoise, so if you can, don’t include this color in your tattoo.
The procedure must be conducted by a qualified and experienced laser tattoo removal specialist. An inexperienced person may damage your skin which will leave scars and the process is less likely to be successful. This means that you are more likely to pay closer to $500 per session rather than $200.
2. How Much Does It Hurt?
Having a tattoo is painful, and you may think that removing it cannot be that much more uncomfortable. Not so. Laser tattoo removal is more painful than tattooing and is often compared to a bee-sting. A prick combined with a burning sensation.
Topical anesthetic creams can numb some of the pain. At an extra cost, a medical practitioner can inject the site with a local anesthetic which will leave you feeling absolutely nothing during the procedure. Be prepared to receive between 1 and 6 shots, though, dependent on the size of the tattoo area that needs to be numbed.
You will still experience some discomfort for a few days after the treatment. Skin sensitivity, burning and itching are all side-effects of the treatment. It is recommended to keep the area sterile, covered and out of the sun for a few days after a session to minimize the discomfort.
3. How Long Does It Take?
Each session takes about 45 minutes to an hour. A specialist will not schedule sessions back-to-back, and you will need to wait 4 to 6 weeks before the next treatment. How long you need to wait depends on how quickly the skin recovers from the treatment.
Some people have thick, tough skin that recovers faster than others with thin, delicate or sensitive skin. It also is contingent on where the tattoo is located. Areas, where there is more fat (like the buttocks), will recover faster.
In some cases, a doctor will perform two sessions, one straight after the other, taking the above-mentioned factors into consideration. However, this is not advised as it can damage the skin.
Still want to have that tattoo? Make sure that think carefully about the size, shape, colors and placement before going ahead if you think for even a moment that you might want to have it removed successfully with laser treatment in the future.
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