Tattoo Removal, How is it done?
In the past many forms of Tattoo removal have been tried from Dermabrasion, the abrasion of the upper to mid layers of the skin; Trichloroacetic Acid or TCA, an acid that eats away the top layers of the skin; Excision and Grafting, the process of removing the skin and replacing it with a graft and Cryosurgery, the application of extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue.
However, these days most Tattoo Removal is done with a Q switch laser. A Q switched laser depends on four main factors
- The light must penetrate deep enough into the skin to reach the tattoo’s pigment
- The light must be more highly absorbed by the tattoo pigment than the skin. The colour of the light is the main factor in this as different coloured pigment absorbs different coloured light differently.
- The duration of the ipl laser pulse must be extremely short, short enough that the tattoo pigment is heated enough to break down before its heat can dissipate to the surrounding skin. Otherwise the surrounding skin may be burned or scarred.
- The laser must transmit enough heat in each pulse to heat the pigment enough to break down. If the laser pulse is too weak, the pigment will not break down and the tattoo will not be removed.
What are the Risks of Tattoo Removal?
Possible side effects of tattoo removal can include Hypopigmentation, a discolouration of the skin consisting of light spots; Hyperpigmentation, another discolouration of the skin consisting of dark spots; Textural changes and very rarely in burns.
As with any medical process you should do your research. Not only should you research the process itself, but you should research any of the places that you are considering having your tattoo removed at.
Customer reviews and any form of word of mouth is a great indicator, after all, if lots of other people have used a particular removalist and had great results then odds are that the removalist is good at what they do.
With Tattoo Removal, like any form of medical procedure, You should consult a trusted medical practitioner before any form of medical procedure and make sure that you’re comfortable with the procedure.
Why get your Tattoo Removed?
There are almost as many reasons to get a tattoo removed, as there are people with tattoos. Some of the most common reasons include changes in personal taste, difficulty with work (many workplaces require tattoos to be non visible) and significant life events.
In many instances people get a tattoo for all the wrong reasons and often regret they did many years later. This is one of the biggest reasons the tattoo removal industry will never fold.