People remove tattoo for all kinds of reasons, e.g. wearing sleeveless shirts, avoiding rejection/judgement by colleagues or friends and etc. Having a tattoo may sometimes pose some difficulty in starting a new romance or getting a new job. Many people therefore consider removing their tattoos to start afresh.
One of the latest advances in medical treatment is to remove or lighten tattoos using laser, e.g. Q-switch Nd-YAG laser. This Q-switch Nd-YAG laser delivers pulses of energy that are selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. The powerful laser beam breaks the tattoo pigment ink into tiny fragments which are then cleared away by your body’s natural cleansing mechanism. Several sessions of treatment are required and the risk of scarring the skin is minimal.
In general, the blue, black and red tattoos are easy to remove. Tattoos with green and yellow inks are more difficult to remove.
An anti-bacterial ointment and dressing will be applied to the treated area and the treated area should be kept clean. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated should not be scrubbed.
You will see a lightening of your tattoo after each treatment as your body disposes more fragments of pigment. The results vary from complete disappearance to partial lightening on the first try. Traumatic tattoos and the amateurish tattoos that are done less professionally have the best response and result. However, large and heavily pigmented tattoos applied by a professional tattooist are more challenging and require many treatments for optimal results. Occasionally, loss of pigmentation or a whitening of the skin may occur. But normal skin tone should return within 6-12 months, following your last treatment session.
The tattoo removal may take a number of sessions depending on the type of ink and depth of the tattoo. On the average, professional tattoos require 6-12 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 3-5 treatment. Treatments are all spaced approximately 6-10 weeks apart, to allow your body to remove the maximum amount of tattoo pigment.
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