Top tips for tattoo removal
People get tattoos for all sorts of reasons but sometimes the impulse decision to have something meaningful inscribed in your body is one you live to regret. While some of us might find the idea of having needles poked into our skin for purely cosmetic reasons slightly alarming, more and more people are using tattoos as a form of self-expression.
If you like it, ink it
Here are some of the most popular reasons that motivate people to get a tattoo:
- Each of us are unique and, just as we try to project our individuality through our clothes and hairstyles, so a tattoo can be a great way of expressing your identity.
- If you’re passionate about a certain cause, having a meaningful tattoo that represents your concerns is a great way of raising awareness. The semi-colon is a popular tattoo as it is aimed at encouraging people to be more conscious and accepting of mental illness. Similarly, a pink ribbon is used as a symbol of support for breast cancer awareness.
- Having a specific phrase or quote etched into your skin can help you remember to focus on the positive in life and motivate you to get through even the worst of days.
- A tattoo can be great way of declaring your love for someone or remembering a loved one who has passed on.
Ink-credible: reasons for regret
Just as there are various reasons for getting a tattoo, there are many causes for regret. These are some of the most common reasons people turn against their tattoos:
- Getting a tattoo on the spur of the moment, without proper consideration, is never advisable. It’s believed that around 30% of those who were inked on a whim will regret the decision later
- The design really does matter and if you choose your tattoo simply because you quite liked the image, chances are you’ll hate it almost as soon as it’s healed
- No matter how much you liked it, if a tattoo became infected or irritable, you’d probably want to get rid of it. Similarly, there is some evidence to suggest that the mild inflammation caused by the needle can increase the chances of skin cancer.
Calling in the removal experts
These are some of the options available to people who’ve decided to have their tattoo removed and how they work:
Cream of the Crop
The level of your animosity towards your body art will probably affect how much time, money and effort you’re willing to put into dealing with the problem. While some people opt for a DIY approach, these are often time-consuming and ineffective. There are few tattoo removal creams on the market, some of which claim to provide painless and effective results.
While no longer a popular medical option, dermabrasion was considered effective in removing unwanted ink. The problem is, this tattoo removal treatment also removes several layers of skin at the same time! Although patients are given a local anaesthetic while the surgeon sands away the stained skin, the area can become red and sore. It also takes at least a fortnight to heal and may not rid the body of the permanent scars resulting from the original tattoo.
Feel the Pulse
Some spas and clinics offer a dermal enhancer known as Intense Pulsed Light Therapy. After applying a gel to the skin, a pulsating wand radiates light focussed on the affected area. This is reported to be painless and some believe it’s more successful than the alternative laser therapy.
Laser treatment has been around for a while but is just getting better and better. Picosure was developed for facial rejuvenation but it’s since proved to be an effective tattoo removal treatment . Not only is this method quicker than those listed above, it’s also painless and has unparalleled results, often leaving no sign of the original design and little scarring.
So, rather than carry on despising that design and hiding it from the world, call a cosmetic specialist at Zen Medispa for an appointment and start moving forward with your life.