The tattoo artist made a mistake in the spelling ? The first name of an ex forgotten for years becomes heavy to bear? We won’t tell you that removing a tattoo is a piece of cake. We will tell you, however, that it is possible, and that’s already a lot. Here we explain how does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser tattoo removal, how does it work ?
Laser tattoo removal, all you need to know…
Other methods to remove a tattoo
How does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
Unfortunately, there are not a thousand ways to remove an unwanted tattoo. The most effective and most used method today is laser. This “tattoo removal” must be performed by a dermatologist.
The laser sends photomechanical impacts, in other words. Hits the tattoo until the ink drops are fragmented. Once reduced to dust, they are absorbed by the body and disappear from the epidermis. The number of sessions depends on the size and depth of the tattoo, its colors and the density of the pigments.
Laser Tattoo Removal
We’d like to tell you otherwise, but let’s be honest, the process is long and painful. Most tattoos require an average of ten sessions. Each two months apart, for a price of 200 to 400€ per session. An average budget of 2000€ over a year and a half!
- It should be noted that each session causes a whitening of the skin. Sometimes even a slight bleeding, each laser impact offering the divine sensation of a rubber band snapping.
- This is before the appearance of scabs that remain for up to 10 days. Finally, during the entire tattoo removal process, exposure of the tattoo to the sun is prohibited! Some good news, though?
- An anesthetic cream or a local anesthetic can reduce or eliminate the pain. As for the result, it is very efficient: under the laser’s blows, the tattoo disappears completely.
Other Methods for Tattoo Removal
No, the laser is not the only method to remove a tattoo. It is, however, the most efficient, the most used, and often the only one proposed. Other methods can be considered in certain cases. Although they are considered outdated. They are more invasive and much more aggressive for the skin, even leaving scars. As for their effectiveness, it all depends on the method and the tattoo!
Dermabrasion, or peeling, consists in removing the superficial layer of the skin by rubbing it with an abrasive material, to alter or make the tattoo disappear. It is not recommended for fragile or sensitive skin, painful and long to heal. At home, the effect on the tattoo is minimal; at a dermatologist’s, the bill is high.
The chemical peel uses the same principle, but with the help of fruit acids to burn the upper layer of the skin… with the same effects and consequences.
As for the others, we prefer to skip the abrasive peeling consisting in passing the skin with a pumice stone, or the skin graft. Except in extreme cases, even the name of an ex is not worth the ordeal.