Getting a tattoo is no small thing. It is meant to be permanent after all. Therefore, it is a decision you'll have to live with forever. Technically.
Life is full of surprises. You may have weighted both pros and cons prior to getting inked. And still, you may need to get rid of your tattoo.
There may be plenty of reasons for that. A change in lifestyle. A new job. Or even a change in personal preferences. Now comes the big question: How do I get a tattoo removed?
Is it even possible? Yes, with laser tattoo removal. It is a laser procedure and you may have a lot of questions. Pour yourself a cup of tea and get cosy. There are a few things you need to know about laser tattoo removal.
Can I remove a tattoo after one session?
No. Laser tattoo removal is a laser procedure. Thus, it requires patience and consistency. It is also dependent on different factors that will determine whether your tattoo goes away fast or not.
As a matter of fact, several factors can impact the results of laser tattoo removal. Your skin tone, the tattoo ink color and density, the age of the tattoo, the size, the location, your immune system, etc.
The age of your tattoo will be the biggest factor to take into account. Older tattoos fade with age. They are easier to remove. The ink already goes away on its own.
Removing an unwanted tattoo can take three to ten sessions. If you inked a new tattoo over an old one, it will take even longer.
The length of your treatment is something you will talk about with your laser tattoo removal specialist. Most laser centers will offer a free consultation.
Does the color of my tattoo matter?
Yes, it does.
Darker tattoos are easier to remove. Laser tattoo removal machines pick up dark pigments on fair skin more easily. However, that does not mean tattoo removal does not work on dark skin.
Dark pigments on dark skin are just harder to pick up. Yet, Q-Switch laser machines using the ND: YAG or 1064nm wavelength will be able to treat people with darker skin tones.
Green and blue pigments are fine to remove. The lighter the color, the harder to remove. Especially on fair skin. Furthermore, some pigments are harder to break than others.
Again, at Infinity Laser Spa, we use a bi-wavelength laser machine. Thus, we are able to target a variety of colors and ink pigments.
Can I remove parts of my tattoo?
Yes, you can remove parts of your tattoo.
This is something you will have to discuss with the laser technician. You will do so during your free consultation. Then, you will be offered a personalized quote.
You can remove the whole tattoo or just a fraction. Removing just a part of the tattoo will be less costly.
A laser tattoo procedure is very precise. Just as much as inking a tattoo in. Each treatment is curated for the patient. It will fit your skin tone, tattoo age, color, size, etc.
Is laser tattoo removal expensive?
Yes. Laser tattoo removal is expensive. It is a serious procedure that can take longer than expected. This will be due to the specificity of one's tattoo.
The price may even exceed the cost of your tattoo application. One session can easily go in the hundreds of dollar for big tattoos.
Infinity Laser Spa offers a free tattoo removal consultation. This is to make sure you have all the information you need prior to making a decision.
This consultation will give you a better idea of the treatment, its lengths, the laser used, etc. As well as a personalized quote.
How do I find a good tattoo removal professional?
A laser treatment is a serious procedure. Thus, you want to make sure you pick the best professional for the job. How do you find them?
You do your research. Google and Yelp are great places to start. Check out reviews on different laser tattoo removal places.
If you know a friend who had their tattoo removed, ask them. Or if they know someone who did. Research websites and do not hesitate to make comparisons.
You want to find the professional best able to cater to your needs. This is also why you should book a free consultation prior to making a decision.