Roughly a quarter of the Canadian population has a tattoo. Most regard their tattoos as beautiful expressions of individual style or a symbol or quotation that conveys a personal message. However, as time passes, people change. They may regard their tattoo as an embarrassing reminder of youthful exuberance, feel the design no longer represents them, or even find that the tattoo was poorly designed. If you are among those who want to remove your tattoo—about half of all those who get one do at some point—then laser tattoo removal treatment is one option to consider.
How to Tell If Your Tattoo Is a Good Match for Laser Removal
Strictly speaking, any tattoo is a good candidate for laser removal; the difference is in how complex the procedure will be. Tattoos are applied by injecting pigments into the skin. Laser removal works by breaking up these pigments using high-intensity light. Since various colours absorb light in different ways, tattoos will vary in how easily they can be removed. Methods exist that can eliminate a tattoo without the fine-tuning and customization that laser removal entails, but these options often result in unpleasant scars that laser treatments avoid.
Colours such as black or darker blues will readily absorb light and are easy to remove. Others, such as red, are only receptive to certain kinds of light and require a different laser or wavelength. Prior to the actual removal procedure, a skin care specialist will go over the tattoo with you and determine the optimal means of removal.
Mixing Methods of Tattoo Removal
You may have tried other means of removing your tattoo before considering laser treatment but found them ineffective. The good news is that laser tattoo removal can still benefit you and remove your tattoo, even if other methods have been attempted. The only caveat is that your tattoo may not respond as well to the laser if prior removal methods have left large amounts of scarring. It’s best to make laser removal your treatment of choice to ensure it works as effectively as possible.
Effectiveness of Laser Removal
The effectiveness of laser tattoo removal is dependent on a few different factors. The main ones are the type of pigments used and colour of the tattoo, as mentioned above; but other factors include the tattoo’s age, its size, and how deep the pigments are within the skin. Your own skin colour will play a factor as well, since it affects how easily your skin absorbs and reacts to the light. These elements will determine how many treatments will be required to remove the tattoo, but should not normally impact the actual success rate of the procedure. Most tattoos can be removed in six to eight visits. Once the inevitable redness fades, you will be able to enjoy your tattoo-free skin once again.
Our experts at Anti Aging Toronto Clinic pride themselves on mastering the latest technological and clinical techniques in skin care, including laser tattoo removal. Contact us today for more information or to book an assessment; we will determine the best way to administer your treatment and restore your skin to unblemished perfection.