Made a Bad Tattoo Decision When You Were 18?
It’s fair to say we all made a few questionable decisions when we were 18. Regrettable haircuts, bad fashion choices, and more than a few lovers-we’d-rather-forget.
Thankfully most bad decisions made in early-adulthood aren’t permanent (except for when the photos get put on Facebook).
Unfortunately, bad tattoo decisions are a little more long-lived. Perhaps you have a dolphin tattoo on your ankle that you’re now regretting since becoming a suit-wearing professional. Or Chinese script running down your back that you thought said ‘freedom’ but you’ve since learnt says ‘chicken noodle soup’.
Luckily – just like that boyfriend you had when you were 18 – it’s now just as easy to rid yourself of an unwanted tattoo.
How to remove an unwanted tattoo
Laser tattoo removal is an effective way of removing an unwanted tattoo. Using specific laser technology, you can target just the ink in the tattoo, breaking it down into teeny-tiny pieces that are then expelled naturally by the body. It takes around four to six weeks for your body to break down the ink in the tattoo after each treatment.
Be aware that laser tattoo removal won’t be as fast a process as getting that tattoo in the first place. While each session will only take between 25-60 seconds (yep, that’s seconds!) you’ll need a number of treatments to fully remove a tattoo. How many depends on the complexity of the design, like the number of colours used and size, but it might be anywhere from 1-3 treatments just to lighten a tattoo and anywhere from four and up to 15 to permanently remove your unwanted tattoo.
Green and blue ink is harder to remove and may require more sessions. And white or light pink ink can’t be removed at all, because there isn’t enough pigment to be absorbed by the laser.
What if I just want to remove a small part of a tattoo?
Your ex’s name, perhaps? If you like your tattoo but just want to change a small part of it, laser removal can help.
The laser technology is accurate enough that it can target just a small part of a larger tattoo. This means that if you just want one part removed – or lightened for a cover up – you can do this without damaging the remaining ink.
Laser tattoo removal for a coverup
Let’s say you want to replace your tattoo with something better in the same spot. Talented tattoo artists can cover up almost anything, but if your tattoo is dark or larger than the design you want then your cover up options are limited.
Laser technology can be used to lighten a tattoo sufficiently to allow a new design to be placed on top. Think of it like shaking an Etch-a-Sketch before beginning again (if an Etch-a-Sketch used lasers, of course).
If you’re considering a tattoo coverup, look around for a tattoo artist who specialises in this area and take a look at some of the other examples of their work. Once your design is finalised, they’ll be able to tell you which areas of your existing tattoo need to be lightened and which need to be removed completely.
What technology should I look for in laser tattoo removal?
Let’s first talk about what technology won’t remove your tattoo. IPL is often touted as a laser removal option, but it’s a) not actually laser, b) terribly ineffective and c) could actually lead to permanent scarring.
What you want is a Class 4 Medical Grade Laser that is TGA or USDA approved. These lasers are the best when it comes to medical use and when used by a trained operator, are safe and permanent. MySkin Laser uses the Conbio Medlite C6 laser. This machine uses nanosecond pulsations and high powers to limit discomfort, Basically, it’s fast and effective.
The best bit is, while some lasers can only target darker colours, the C6 can remove a wide spectrum of colours, including light blues and green.
If you’re considering laser tattoo removal, book in for a free consultation at MySkin Laser Clinics. Our friendly consultants will assess your tattoo and chat with you the results you can expect to achieve.