Tattoos are permanent markings on the skin and in recent years have gained intense popularity in our society. There was even an exhibition at the Museum of Croydon in the UK dedicated to tattoos, who has them and why.
Lots of people want do-overs when it comes to tattoos. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 45,224 tattoo removal procedures were performed in 2013.
At Caddell’s Laser Clinic our clients ratio is 55% come in for lightening their tattoos so they can cover them with a new tattoo and 45% come in for a total tattoo removal. Whether removing completely or just lightening a tattoo – lasers give you a do-over!
People get their tattoos removed because they don’t reflect who they are any longer, while others have their old tattoo lightened to have new ink placed over the old, because they want something different or they are running out of room.
Laser Tattoo Removal is by far the most popular, widely used and safest treatment for removing or lightening a tattoo. There are several different types of lasers that have different wavelengths which makes them suitable for different color inks. Lasers used to remove tattoos continue to improve in their ability to remove a more colors of ink and the reduction of scarring.
During laser tattoo removal, the laser is used to selectively target and destroy the tattoo with no damage to the surrounding tissue, which greatly decreases scarring. Because of the different wavelengths, the technician can choose the precise combination of lasers for the depth and color of a particular tattoo. The most difficult colors to remove are yellow and green.
What does Laser Tattoo Removal feel like?
During the laser tattoo removal you’ll feel intense emissions of light penetrate the tattoo and you’ll hear the laser noise and fans. The laser is attracted to the tattoo ink and it shatters the ink into tiny, microscopic crystals, which are then absorbed through the lymphatic system of your body.
Laser tattoo removal treatments are quick, so you can schedule your appointments even with a busy schedule. Caddell’s Laser Clinic offers a numbing cream if desired, to reduce the level of pain from the laser, and many clients express relief after their first session: "Wow...it wasn't that bad at all!"