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Tattoo Removal: Laser Surgery vs. Do It Yourself Ointment Creams

Tattoo Removal Procedures: helpful information on a task that needs doing.

It is not 1999 anymore and that barb wire tattooed on your arm looks outdated. Perhaps you have your lover’s name on your arm, you just got divorced and now you have a court order to give your ex-lover half of what you own, but you can keep the tattoo. Whatever your reason is, you made a mistake and you want that damn tattoo to disappear. You did not make the right choice when picking a tattoo, so make sure you choose the best method for removing your tattoo.

So what are the best options for removing my tattoo?

Well, let us briefly start with the worst option for removing your tattoo. Creams and tattoo removal ointments seem to be the worst option for tattoo removal. Why? These do-it-yourself tattoo removal ointment creams have not been reviewed by the FDA. Furthermore, there has been no clinical evidence that it works. It has been reported that these creams can cause unexpected rashes, burning, scarring, and possibly changes in your skin pigmentation.

The best option to remove your tattoo is laser surgery. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration states that the option of laser surgery is a safe option for removing your tattoo.

How does laser removal work?

When a laser is used to remove your tattoo, a pulse of high intensity laser energy pass through the epidermis of your skin and absorbs the ink pigment. The laser breaks that pigment in to smaller particles. You end up excreting or metabolizing that ink pigment through your body. In other cases the pigment is transported to your lymph nodes or other tissues in your body. Different tattoo colors require different kinds of lasers in order to remove it. Tattoos with colors such as yellow, green and red are the hardest colors to remove; however, colors such as blue and black are the easiest to remove.  Usually, more than one laser surgery is required in order for your tattoo to be fully removed. It may take 6 – 10 laser surgeries to remove your tattoo and you have to take a few weeks to heal between surgeries. The exact amount depends on the colors and the size of the tattoo.

tattoo removal Are there any side effects and pain involved with a laser surgery tattoo removal procedure?

As far as pain goes, it is said that the process feels like a rubber band being snapped against your skin by someone who hates you. Side effects of using a laser to remove your tattoo are pinpoint bleeding, soreness, redness and possibly scarring. It is important to note that laser devices for tattoo removal should be administered by a dermatologist, this is the only way the FDA is clearing the use of this method. You should not use a laser to remove a tattoo yourself.

Don’t Feel bad.

A lot of people regret their tattoos, you are not alone. Tattoo removal seems to be a big business. The FDA reports from a Harris Interactive poll from 2012 that 1 in 8 adults in America regret the tattoo they have. The FDA also reports via the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery that from the year 2011 there have been at least 175,000 tattoo removal procedures. There seems to be no stop in the increase of these procedures for the years to come.

Source:

https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm336842.htm

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