It is estimated that as many as 50% of those with tattoos will have the desire to have one of them removed at some point. This has been reflected through a 440% increase in demand for tattoo removal services over the past decade.
Fortunately for those who want to get rid of an old tattoo, the laser removal technology is advancing, making the process less painful and have less side effects. Though there may still be some questions you would like answered. Here are some common tattoo removal questions that we often get.
So how does laser tattoo removal work?
The laser essentially breaks up all the tattoo pigments. It does this with a high intensity light beam. However, whilst black ink is the easiest to treat as it is able to absorb any wavelength, other colours will need specific lasers. Don’t worry one bit, the procedure is completely safe and clinically tested.
How much does it cost?
How much you will end up paying for the entire removal process can be determined by a number of factors and it is always best to approach removalists directly to get a more accurate quote. The truth is that a tattoo removal, when charged per square inch, can cost anywhere from around $200 for a very small black tattoo, to a few thousand dollars. This can be influenced by the colour and size of the tattoo as well as your skin type, the placement of the work and any scarring you may have.
Will it hurt?
This is largely dependent on the type of treatment you have. Older types of laser technology generally hurt more. Whilst newer methods are usually relatively pain free. Many often suggest that the process is less painful than getting the tattoo in the first place. One comparison is that the procedure is similar to having a small rubber band repeatedly snapped on your skin.
Are there pain relief options?
There are a number of pain relief options available depending on the clinic. Alcohol or any other drugs are obvious not recommended. Advanced systems often have medical-grade cooling systems that cool down the affected area and dull any stinging sensation while the individual is undergoing the treatment.
Will the tattoo be gone completely?
Large or colourful tattoos often require multiple (5-10+) sessions but the result is usually unrecognisable to the naked eye. Treatment centres will aim for as few sessions as possible but it is often recommended that they be spaced out between 6 to 12 weeks. It is important to know that scarring is possible, though the chance is less than 5% if you follow the correct care procedure. However, pregnancy, immune deficiencies and some medications can increase this risk.
Ultimately tattoo removal is a great option for those looking to get rid of their body art, whether for personal or professional reasons. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact us and we can do our best to answer any fears you may have.