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Laser Tattoo Removal

Updated on May 20, 2011

Laser Tattoo Removal, What's Involved?

One of the main things I see or have seen lately is about laser tattoo removal and quite possibly there are many reasons for needing a tattoo removed and that's why you need to be sure about what tattoos you find or want, before you get them tattooed, because tattoos cost a bit of money to get inked and quite possibly getting them removed may cost more money, so do be sure about getting a tattoo in the first place.

A research study concluded that people within the age range of 18 and 45 have a single tattoo or maybe even several and what has been found is that most people regret getting a tattoo for many reasons, but usually because the tattoo wasn't right for them or the tattoo was done by a rubbish tattooist (and yes there are out there!) and so it wasn't really what they asked for and it looks not as good as what they first thought, so tattoo removal becomes an option for most people.

In the research interestingly it was mentioned that women look more into removal of their tattoos more than men, which I found at odds with what I always imagined that men have more tattoos than women overall, but then it does go to say that men typically have less of a problem with the stigma of tattoos and so would rather not pay or even bother with the time involved to remove their tattoos.

Sometimes and only sometimes, some tattooists may use ink that isn't the regulated ink that should be the standard professional ink and so infections could occur on the tattooed area and so with infection the tattoo may become distorted and some of the ink may bleed or blur, resulting in a bad looking tattoo, although when the infection has been treated and healed the tattoo may be fixed in some special cases, but often is the case that people prefer laser tattoo removal.

And so making sure that when you get tattooed, that you are getting inked in a sterile environment and for instance you wouldn't get tattooed by a tattoo artist who wears a fishnet vest with yellow stains all over it and doesn't wear rubber gloves would you? Infections could result in Hepatitis B or C or even HIV, so you've got to make sure everything looks safe and clean by using your eyes.

There are other alternatives to laser tattoo removal, but skin grafting and dermabrasion just sound so surgical I wouldn't recommend them based on their names alone and so the preferred option is by lasers as it's fast, because what the laser does is it penetrates the pigment which contains metal ions and as the laser is hot, it disperses and breaks up the dried ink and so your body and in particular your skin is able to get rid of the foreign bodies more easily.

When getting your tattoo removed by a laser, you need to make sure that any infections have cleared up first, but prevention is much better so make sure not to get infected if at all possible as stopping in hospital with a tattoo infection just seems so wasteful of a hospital bed, particularly when emergencies come and go in a busy hospital, I'd sure feel guilty wasting a hospital bed because I just got a tattoo and it got infected, because I didn't do my homework or look at the tattoo equipment and studio

As you can imagine tattoo removal by lasers is very painful as you will be dealing with an extremely hot laser and so because of this, your tattooed area will be numbed with a local anesthetic or special cream, so you won't feel a thing at the time of removal.

So what I will say is this, get a good tattoo that you are going to enjoy for years to come and don't get one that is mediocre, as laser tattoo removal is a pain.

Tattoo Removal By Laser

Laser tattoo removal.    Image taken from copyright 2010.
Laser tattoo removal. Image taken from copyright 2010.

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah, it would save all the hassle for sure.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Better not to have one in the first place :)

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yep laser tattoo will do it lol!

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      If I ever get a tattoo it will be a tattoo of a laser, that way I know I can get it removed. ;)