Having a tattoo is a stressful process, and there are a lot of factors that you will need to keep in mind during the entire ordeal. One thing you’re definitely going to need to do for your tattoo removal before and after readiness is to get some serious mental preparation underway, just to ensure that you are ready for anything. The information listed below will help you to do just that.
One Treatment Will Not Be Enough
Even if your tattoo is just a small one, one treatment session will not be enough to fully remove it. Unfortunately, the reality of tattoo removal is that it takes at least five to ten treatments to fully remove a tattoo, and you will not know exactly how many yours is going to need until you’re in the removal center’s office.
Intervals Are Necessary, and For a Reason
Though you are probably itching to get your unsightly or regrettable tattoo off your skin as soon as possible, intervals between treatment sessions are necessary. Treating too soon and too quickly will put your skin at risk for multiple side effects, including open wounds, irritation, and even skin infections.
Typically, you will need to wait for four to six weeks between each treatment session, but if you are experiencing side effects and/or textual changes, you may have to wait longer.
Know What Could Occur After the Treatments Are Done
Speaking of side effects, you should prepare yourself for certain side effects and symptoms that can be pretty common after someone has undergone tattoo removal. Redness, raising of the tattoo itself, redness, temporary darkening, swelling, and blisters are all common side effects and symptoms that can occur during and after tattoo removal treatment sessions.
Fear not, however, as they usually subside after a week or two. Should your symptoms and/or side effects not go away after a certain amount of time, though, ensure that you speak with your doctor.
Hyper-pigmentation, the darkening of the skin, and hypo-pigmentation, the lightening of the skin, are the two most common side effects when it comes to tattoo removal. Patients can expect either problem to correct itself naturally after a period of six to twelve months, usually earlier.
Keloid scarring and other forms of scars that are associated with tattoo removal are also a big risk, as well as textural changes to the skin, burns, and infections. Therefore, check with your doctor and the center doing the tattoo removal before and after to ensure that you are fully knowledgeable of what may come.
Why the Quality of the Tattoo Matters
Tattoos that were professionally applied penetrate into the skin a lot deeper than a homemade, amateur tattoo will, which is why amateur tattoos are easier to remove. The ink quality is also a factor in the removal process, especially because inks are made with a more dense quality these days.
The Location of the Tattoo Itself
Even though the location of your tattoo may not seem like an important factor into having your tattoo removed, it actually is. Fading slows down for tattoos that are located on the further areas of the legs and arms. Overall, the farther your tattoo is from your heart, the slower it’s going to fade.
Because your body has better circulation near your hair, for obvious reasons, tattoos that are located closer to it are going to fade a lot faster. For example, a chest piece will fade a lot faster than a piece of your lower back will during your removal treatment sessions.
Be Safe, Be Prepared
Always ensure that you are going to a reputable tattoo removal center, who keep you up to date and fully informed about everything that is going to be done. Go online and look at their website, and go into their office to see tattoo removal before and after photos.
Doing so will ensure that you know exactly how the process is going to go, what you can expect, and just so you will have a firsthand idea of the people that are going to be working on your skin to have your unsightly, regretful tattoo removed.