For some, a tattoo holds great significance. It can symbolize cultural heritage or could carry sentimental value. However young people also tend to make some dumb mistakes owing to their limited experience.
If you are a parent of a teenager who made a mistake with a tattoo, and they want it removed, then modern technology makes this possible.
Let’s explore the various options available for tattoo removal in Singapore.
The basics of tattoo removal
To understand tattoo removal, it’s crucial to first understand tattoos. Essentially, tattoos involve injecting thousands of ink or pigment droplets into the skin’s dermis layer. To remove the ink, the technology used in tattoo removal directs a beam of light at a specific wavelength. This beam of light passes through the skin and breaks the ink particles.
Tattoo removal will work with different colored tattoos and pigments. The body will then eliminate the broken-down ink particles through the lymphatic system. Over time the tattoo will fade and disappear.
Is tattoo removal painful?
Yes, tattoo removal is painful. Many people will even compare it to the pain of having a tattoo. Other people claim that tattoo removal is less painful than getting the tattoo. Bottom line is that it all comes down to the individual’s pain tolerance levels.
The good thing is that the doctor can apply numbing cream on the area to ease the pain. If you are not willing to use numbing cream, consider a non-aspirin pain killer. Aspirin can thin blood increasing the risk of bruising or even bleeding.
How long does tattoo removal take?
Normally, a tattoo removal session will take around 30 minutes. However, since different people have different types of tattoos, use different types of pigment as well as having the tattoos at different depths, the duration of tattoo removal varies.
Secondly, to make the most accurate prediction on how long a tattoo removal session will last, you will need to go in for the first treatment. Depending on how big your tattoo is and your pain tolerance levels, you can judge how long it will take to remove your tattoos.
Note that it is advisable to allow about 6 weeks between tattoo removal sessions. This is ample time for the skin to heal as well as flush out the ink.
Does the tattoo completely disappear?
Some tattoos can be completely removed such that you cannot tell whether there was a tattoo there in the first place. Other times, the tattoo will only be partially removed and a faded impression will be left. There are a couple of factors that determine if a tattoo can be complexly removed. These are:
- Age of the tattoo – it is much harder to completely remove much older tattoos
- Location – it is much harder to remove tattoos situated under thin skin such as the ankles than it is to remove tattoos situated under thick skin
- Pigment – some colors such as red, black and dark blue are easier to remove than green, or orange pigments.
Is there a possibility of scarring?
As a parent, you may be concerned about the possibility of scarring. Note that there is a slight possibility of this after tattoo removal. However, the risk is minimal.
Many who opt for this type of treatment will want to maintain natural-looking skin. However, keep in mind that the tattoo may not be completely removed. It depends on the type of tattoo and the type of pigments used as well as where the tattoo is located.
Some side effects of tattoo removal
The good thing with tattoo removal through laser is that it is temporary. Some of the side effects include:
How to take care of your skin for tattoo removal
An experienced doctor from a top-notch clinic such as 1Aesthetics In Singapore will advise you on how to take care of the area before treatment.
- Start by shaving the area 24 hours before tattoo removal
- Remove any deodorant or lotion before tattoo removal
- Keep the skin protected from the sun 2-4 weeks before the treatment
- Avoid exfoliating the skin before the treatment
How to take care of your skin after treatment
- Use a cold compress over the area to reduce the swelling and the bruising
- Use sunscreen with SPF 30 to protect the skin
- Don’t wash the skin for the next 24 hours after treatment. This prevents irritation
- Use an antibiotic ointment in the area to prevent infection.
- Avoid vigorous activity and saunas
If you have opted to have your teenagers tattoo removed, then it is important to find a clinic and doctor with plenty of years of experience. Tattoo removal comes with its fair share of risks. An experienced doctor will help avoid some of the risks involved and prevent infection. He or she is also able to provide the best results.