Permanent and safe processes to tattoo removal
A research study by McCrindle Research in 2018 found that 31% of Australians with tattoos say that they regret getting a tattoo and 9% have looked into tattoo removal. Tattoo applications are still on the rise but there is a demand for removal for a variety of reasons. Generally it is because they no longer have an emotional connection, or they have moved into a different phase of their life.
If you’re looking into how to remove your tattoo, the most effective form of removal is by a professional. Do not try this at home!
Some quick tattoo removal facts:
- Laser treatments are the most popular form of tattoo removal
- If the tattoo is small, it can be removed surgically but this option is not for larger tattoos
- Fading your tattoo is an option
- Laser treatments usually need to occur over a few visits
- Water is your secret weapon for healing and gives greater success for your tattoo removal
- It is not safe to remove a tattoo on your own, just as it is not safe for you to get a tattoo with anyone other than a professional
Laser tattoo removal
Laser treatments are by far the most effective form, as they have the ability to target specific ink colours separately, but this is also the reason the tattoo removal will take a few visits. The success of any tattoo removal will depend on the size of the tattoo, the depth of the ink application, the type of ink and number of pigments used, as well as the location of the tattoo.
It’s much easier to remove a tattoo which has been created by a professional who has a consistent approach to the application rather than that of an amateur! Reputable tattoo studios use the PicoSure laser technology which specifically targets tattoo ink and shatters the ink particles without harming the surrounding tissue.
Alternative tattoo removal techniques
Other tattoo removal options include Dermabrasion and surgical removal, but it can be painful, less effective, and it can only really be applied to small tattoos. Most dermatologists caution that complete tattoo removal is not possible. Creams can cause allergic reactions as well.
Instead of removing it, you could convert your original tattoo into a different image with a coverup tattoo, or more interestingly, you can opt to have your tattoo partially faded instead of a complete removal process. Partially fading a tattoo involves removing enough ink over a few treatments (depending on the size of the tattoo) to create a new canvas for your next tattoo. The process removes just enough ink and can be a less expensive approach to removing your tattoo – plus, you get to be creative and make lemonade out of lemons!
However you choose to remove your tattoo, hydration plays an incredibly important role as the lymphatic system helps to flush out foreign particles as the ink is broken down. Water is indeed the secret weapon here. It’s best to get your lymphatic system moving before the tattoo removal process, as a healthy immune system will expedite the flushing of pigments.
Other tips to enhance the healing and removal process include:
- Eat healthily – stick to a nutritious diet including some probiotics and essential fatty acids like Omega 3 and fish oil to help in the tattoo removal process
- Get moving – an increased blood flow will help flush out the ink
- Give up the smokes – it causes constriction of the blood vessels which cannot carry the fragmented particles out of the body
- Practices good hygiene – wash your hands and avoid touching the area to stop any bacteria forming
- Avoid the sun – if your skin is tanned, the intensity of the laser treatment has to be reduced and therefore it will take more sessions, so it’s best to cover your tattoo when in the sun.
The expert technicians at Celebrity Ink™ are fully qualified and licenced in our laser removal and coverup processes. Each technician will sit down with you to discuss the tattoo removal procedure and the best treatment plan which fits your specific needs.