Tattoos can be a fun, permanent way to give yourself a unique and unforgettable look. Or, they can be the biggest regret you’ve ever had.
Tattoo regret is so common, in fact, that almost 25% of women and men who have them wish they didn’t. with the help of an expert like Las Vegas plastic surgeon Julio Garcia, MD. Dr. Garcia uses the Medlite Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser to break up your tattoo ink so your body can permanently eliminate it from your skin.
If you’re considering tattoo removal or Las Vegas cosmetic surgery, here are some things you should know:
Don’t Try Removing a Tattoo Too Soon
Even if you feel upset every time you look at your tattoo, trying to remove your tattoo too soon can permanently damage your skin. Getting a tattoo is an invasive procedure in which a needle breaks through your skin and delivers pigment to its deep layers. You must let your skin completely heal for at least two months before you begin the removal process.
The good news is that removing ink that’s only months old is easier than removing ink that’s been embedded in your skin for years to decades. When you’ve fully healed from your new tattoo, contact Dr. Garcia about tattoo removal.
Getting Rid of a Tattoo Takes Longer Than Getting One
While we’re on the subject of patience, it’s important to note that it takes a lot longer to remove a tattoo than it does to get one. Tattoo ink lasts a lifetime because it’s deeply embedded into the layers of your skin.
When Dr. Garcia uses the MedLite laser for tattoo removal, he targets the laser’s energy to the nearest layer of pigment. The laser’s energy breaks up the pigment into tiny fragments. Over the next two months, your body whisks the pigment through your lymph system so it can be excreted from your body.
Although each tattoo laser removal session only takes about 15 to 45 minutes, you need to leave about two months between sessions. During that time, your body flushes away the shattered pigment, and your skin heals so that it’s ready for a new removal session.
In most cases, you need at least six to eight removal treatments. If your tattoo has lighter colors, the process may take longer. The laser must first oxidize and turn light colors darker before they can be successfully removed.
You Can’t Remove a Tattoo Yourself
Although the internet suggests otherwise, you can’t remove a tattoo using special creams, acids or scrubs. These methods don’t target the pigment precisely, the way a laser does. The harshness and imprecision of acids or scrubs can injure your skin and make your tattoo look worse than ever.
Tattoo Removal Shouldn’t Scar or Burn
Be sure to find an expert for your tattoo removal session. Bargain shopping for tattoo removal can end up costing you more in the long run, and could be dangerous.
While you may have some reddening after your laser tattoo-removal session, your skin should not burn, nor should the tattoo-removal process leave a scar. Ensure your best results by consulting with a doctor who’s an expert in laser tattoo removal, such as Dr. Garcia.
Tattoo Removal Isn’t Fun
Expect some discomfort during your tattoo-removal session. Although Dr. Garcia does everything he can to ensure that your removal is as pain-free as possible, you may still feel a stinging or burning sensation when the laser blasts the pigment in your skin.
Just as getting the tattoo was a little uncomfortable, so is removing the tattoo. Some women and men compare the sensation to being snapped with a rubberband or being hit with splatters of hot grease. If you’re sensitive, Dr. Garcia can recommend pain killers to take ahead of time. His team also prepares the treatment area with numbing cream.
“Cover Ups” Work Best If You’ve Faded Original Tattoo
Maybe you’ve heard that laser tattoo removal is time-consuming and you just can’t wait til your tattoo is part of your past. You decide to cover up the tattoo with another tattoo. However, that might not be a good idea.
Cover-up tattoos have to contend with competing colors and designs and can be difficult to do well. You certainly don’t want to risk getting a tattoo that’s even more unattractive than the tattoo you’re trying to cover.
Instead, start the laser tattoo removal process. Over the first few sessions, you’ll notice that the original tattoo starts to fade. This makes it easier to apply a new tattoo, if you wish. Of course, you may be so impressed with your results that you finish until the tattoo’s gone, and keep your skin clear.
Tattoo Removal Really Works
After you’ve gone through the complete tattoo removal process with Dr. Garcia, your body takes another couple of months to flush away the last of your tattoo pigment. Your tattoo will be about 95% gone. For the most part, it shouldn’t be noticeable, nor should your treated skin look any different than surrounding, non-tattooed skin.
When you’re ready to undo your tattoo regret with tattoo removal or learn about other Las Vegas cosmetic surgery, contact Dr. Garcia by phone or online form.