Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Tattoo Removal

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There are a large number of reasons due to which you might want your tattoo removed like, you were drunk when you got the tattoo, your tattoo artist messed up or it just simply doesn’t look good anymore on your skin. Regardless of your reason, it is important to understand the entire process of tattoo removal before actually getting a tattoo removed.

The first thing that you must do is find a professional who is experienced in this particular field. After that, you need to examine your tattoo and determine a few things like the size of your tattoo, the age of your tattoo, and the design of your tattoo. These things play a great role in deciding the time that the tattoo removal process will take in your case. Usually, the sessions are divided into multiple days. 

There are only a few people that would have imagined getting their tattoos removed during being inked and rightly so because a permanent tattoo is meant to be permanent and this was even the case until the recent past. People believed that the tattoo removal process to highly harmful to their bodies. But as the technology grew, the entire process became way more hospitable with almost negligent side-effects. Let’s understand more about the process and the side effects of tattoo removal services.

The process

It is important to understand that Tattoo removal is not magic, there is a method involved behind making this seemingly impossible task possible. In this process, the professional uses powerful lasers that break down the pigment from your healed tattoo. Solid pigment particles attached to your skin are broken down into small pieces until they are small enough to be processed out automatically by your body’s immune system. Keep in mind, no matter how strong the laser is or how successful the process is, tattoo removal will not make your design disappear 100%.

The time that will be required for your case depends upon many variables like your tattoos design and size. Another thing that plays a great role in deciding how effective the whole process is going to be is the placement of the tattoo, areas like toe, ankle, finger, hand, or wrist will be difficult to work on in comparison.

Due to the vast number of variables involved, a study suggests that most people that come for removal don’t want to make the tattoo disappear completely and all they want is the ink to be faded which is less risky and resultantly takes less time.

Side effects

As per a study, we can say that the chances of you facing the side effects of the tattoo removal process are very low if the treatment procedure is properly followed. Usually, that when it is the case, it is due to the lack of proper aftercare which makes people suffer from skin blistering. Another thing that plays a great role in this factor is your skin’s reaction to the laser treatment. In some cases, the laser destroys melanin in the area.

According to a study people’s skin tones also affect the possibility of side effects. People with darker skin tones are most susceptible to hypopigmentation which means the area where lasers have been used end up being disproportionately white.


The total cost that you will end up paying depends upon the clinic that you visit for your treatment. The cost is charged by one of the following factors or by a combination of these factors: Generic size, size by the squire inch, or a flat fee. In order to get the right idea of the actual cost for your tattoo removal process, it is considered best to consult your Dermatologist before your initial treatment.


As mentioned above, the chances of potential side effects of the process are almost negligible unless there is irresponsibility during aftercare by the patient or the clinic. After your treatment begins, it is considered best to avoid swimming for at least 10 days along with avoiding direct sunlight and exposure to heat. Basically, it is best to avoid getting too warm and staying away from saunas or exercising.

Along with these requirements, it is also recommended to wear a proper SPF sunscreen in order to ensure that your skin not exposed to the UV rays during the treatment.


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