- If your tattoo covers a large area of your body.
- If you have had the tattoo for a considerable period of time.
- If the pigment was not distributed evenly into the skin and smudging is evident this can occur if the tattooist was not a qualified professional.
- If you are amongst those people who have a longer healing rate.
- If the tattoos are on or around the eye area as the skin here is very sensitive.
Methods of Tattoo Removal
Suitable for small tattoos as the entire tattoo can be remove.
A local anaesthetic is administered to the area and the tattooed skin is removed surgically. The wound is then sutured and will possibly leave no noticeable scarring. Do check out the likelihood of this procedure leaving the area free of visible disfigurement with your medical adviser, especially if it is in the area surrounding the eyes.
The area is sprayed with a freezing solution and then sanded with a rotary abrasive instrument. The skin then peels off and is covered with a surgical dressing, as some bleeding will probably occur.
This procedure is not painless so be prepared if you decide to go this route. It will take some time for the skin to grow back and during this time it will not be an attractive sight. Attention must be paid to the regular change of dressings; hygiene and any sign of inflammation should be reported immediately to your Doctor.
Probably the best solution for the removal of cosmetic tattoos of any size and in any area of the body. Short pulses of intense light from the laser are directed towards the tattoo, which breaks up the color pigments into smaller particles. These are then absorbed by the body’s immune system, which usually takes about 3 weeks.
Some colored dyes react differently with black being the easiest to remove. The procedure is normally painless but a light local anaesthetic may be administered if the tattoo is in a sensitive part of the body. You will possibly need more than one treatment to entirely remove the tattoo.
Make sure that the surgeon who removes your tattoo is a specialist in laser surgery.
After Effects of Tattoo Removal
It cannot be over emphasized that the correct aftercare will help to lessen the possibility of residual scarring. The treated area and its immediate surroundings should be kept clean and an antibacterial lotion applied.
A scab may form and when that has fallen off the redness will fade as the normal healing process takes place.
This may take some time depending on the individual. Infection is always a possibility with any surgical procedure so do not delay in reporting any signs to your doctor. There may be some residual scarring due to the method of applying the tattoo.
Costs of Tattoo Removal
Removing a tattoo is much more expensive than having it applied so be very sure that not only is it is what you want, but also take the time to choose a design that you know you can live with, possibly for the rest of your life.
To remove your tattoo by having laser treatment is a very expensive procedure and will not generally be covered by your medical insurance company as it is considered to be cosmetic application and is not health threatening.