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More people than before have embraced the art of having tattoos on different parts of their bodies.

In the past, tattoos were reserved for special groups of people in the society such as musicians and artists. Do you know that a good number of people with tattoos regret why they have it? Maybe they think that it is no longer attractive as it was or the external pressure from other people about the tattoo has been too much. If you are among this group of people, do not give up. You can still get rid of that tattoo. This should make you stop believing in the popular notion that tattoos are permanent. The removal is done using safe and effective laser technology. Once the process has been done, your tattoo is gone.

How does tattoo removal actually work?

Before we go deep on how laser removal technique works, first let’s understand why tattoos leave a permanent mark on the human skin. The tattoo ink contains elements of heavy metals, and they include copper, lead, manganese, and in some cases, mercury can be included. These metals are responsible for giving the ink a permanent characteristic; otherwise, the ink can get erased with a single wash. Since the ink particles are bigger than the white blood cells, they will resist any attempts that the cells will be putting so as to get rid of them. This explains why a new tattoo will show signs of fading during the first few days but will remain intact.

Lasers remove the tattoo from your skin by breaking the coloring particles hence weakening the bond which holds these pigment together. A high-intensity laser light beam is responsible for breaking these particles and its effectiveness is because the laser concentrates only on the affected area. Black color pigments absorb all the wavelength of a laser beam and this is why they are the easiest to get rid of. Other colors can also be eliminated by using different laser beams. Here is a summary of what goes on during a tattoo removal process.

shoulder tattoo before and after1. The specialist will give you a pair of protective eye shields. Laser tends to emit very bright light which can damage your eyes. The role of the shield is to give you full protection.
2. Your skin is tested on how it will react to laser treatment. From the test, the technician will be able to know the most effective laser energy which should be used for the treatment.
3. A pulse of high-intensity light from the laser will be directed to go through different layers of your skin. The energy from this laser beam will be absorbed only by the tattoo pigment and not any other part of the skin. So you should not get worried about damaging your skin tissue.
4. The tattoo pigments are broken down into sizable pieces which can be easily be absorbed by white blood cells before being transported to the liver.
Laser treatment for removing your unwanted ink can be a bit discomfortable, but because the process takes place so fast, the patient may fail to feel the intense pain. This is why most of the patients who seek to have their tattoos removed rarely use anesthesia. Most of the time laser treatment is not a one-time treatment. You may be required to go back for the treatment on a regular basis. This can depend on the size of the tattoo, your age and the colors that are on the tattoo.

Key Factors to Consider in Pricing Your Tattoo Removal Treatments



1. Size of tattoo
2. Amount of ink in tattoo
3. The number of treatments estimated
4. Colors in tattoo
5. Applicable or available discounts such as Military service members, police, and firefighters.
6. Type of laser, not all machines are created equally.

Perhaps the most important factor to take into consideration is before and after photos.

You want to see documentation of before and after photos from start to finish. You can see ours at ReThink the ink by looking at our Before and After tattoo photos. A reputable clinic will have several before and after photos taken after a full course of treatments, not just the beginning.

With looking at before and after photos, you want to watch out for tattoo removal scarring or incomplete removal. Check out RealSelf to see some examples of what we’re talking about.