What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Getting a tattoo is not something you do on a whim, because this is something that will stay with you for a lifetime. But there are several people who get a tattoo and then eventually start to think that it might not be for them. In such situations, the only option left for them is to get the tattoo removed, but even getting the tattoo removed can prove to be quite the task.
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What exactly is laser tattoo removal?
In the simplest of terms, laser tattoo removal is the process of removing a tattoo using laser. Before you actually rush to get that tattoo removed, you do need to understand the ins and outs of permanent tattoo removal, because neither is the process easy and nor is it completely quick, because chances are that you might need multiple sessions to get the tattoo completely removed or unnoticeable.
The basic idea behind the process is that laser is applied to the tattoos and the high intensity light of the laser breaks down the pigments of the colours that have been used for the tattoo. However, for certain colours, specialised laser is required, making the entire process a little more expensive or might not give great results.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Black is known to absorb all other colours, but what is interesting to note about this colour can also absorb all laser wavelengths. So, when you are going for laser tattoo removal, black is the easiest colour to remove, which is why, if you have a completely black tattoo, it will be the easiest to remove. However, when there are other colours in the tattoo, certain specific lasers will be required.
The laser tattoo removal procedure is also dependent on several other factors such as the actual size of the tattoo, where the tattoo is placed on the body and how long ago it was made. While your age might not make much a difference, your skin colour will most certainly influence the procedure, because lighter skin reacts differently to laser than darker skin. What kind of laser or energy is to be used on your skin, will be something that the technician will decide, based on your skin type and the colours used in the tattoo.
While smaller tattoos should require lesser time, the larger ones will require not just a substantial amount of time and sessions, but also more laser pulses. And it is important to remember that laser tattoo removal is not the most comfortable of procedures, and while there is not a lot of pain, you will require topical anaesthesia. Once the procedure is over, you will need to treat the area with extreme care. You should cover the area with sunscreen, every time you step out of the house. Also you may experience some tenderness
How much will laser tattoo removal cost?
In general, tattoo removal can take anywhere between three to twelve sessions, which are spaced over weeks. While the removal of a small tattoo can cost around three to four thousand Indian rupees, a larger tattoo could cost anywhere between ten to twenty-five thousand rupees. The cost of the procedure will also be dependent on where you are getting the procedure done, but getting the treatment done from a reputed laser tattoo removal clinic, will have more benefits.
The cost of tattoo removal will be dependent on a range of factors, including:
What are the benefits of laser tattoo removal?
If you had gotten the tattoo on a whim or are feeling that the tattoo is inhibiting your life, then you need to get it removed as soon as possible. And if you are getting your tattoo removed, then laser removal is the best option, because:
What do you need before, during and after a laser tattoo removal procedure?
While there is not much that you need to do before a tattoo removal procedure, there are several things that you will have to do post the procedure. Before the procedure, you might be ask to limit exposure to sunlight and chemical products. The area of the tattoo will be cleaned properly, before the procedure. During the procedure, you will be asked to wear protective eye wear, because the laser could harm your eyes. In addition, a topical anaesthetic will be applied, because even though the procedure is not painful, it can be quite uncomfortable.
For the 24 hours after the laser tattoo removal treatment, you may be asked to apply cold compresses on the treated area to reduce the discomfort. You will be asked to apply medicated ointments for the next few days. The treated area needs to be kept clean and dry, because that will help with the faster healing. There can be some blistering, itching or scabbing, but these all will disappear in a matter of time. If you are on regular medication, you might be asked to avoid some for a few days and if you are in pain, you need to confirm, which painkillers are suitable. You need to provide immense sun protection to the treated area and you need to avoid shaving and tanning lotions till the time the area has completely healed. And finally, you need to drink lots of water.