Nearly one-third of Americans have a tattoo. Eventually, one-quarter of these people will or currently regret getting one. Breakups, poor quality, or concerns with your professional appearance can cause most of your regret. What might have seemed like a great idea at one time, now might not fit your current circumstances. Instead of trying to cover up your tattoo with clothing or concealing makeup, laser tattoo removal may be the answer you are looking for.
Patients often come in wanting a tattoo removed for a specific event. They have a wedding in a few months or an important job interview coming up. Unfortunately, the process doesn't work that way. Depending on the size, location, and ink used for the tattoo it can take weeks — even months — before it's fully gone. This is something that you need to come to grips with right away if you're considering laser tattoo removal. Still, you don't want to go into the process without a rough idea of how long it'll take.
When researching laser tattoo removal, one thing you may come across is the Kirby-Desai scale. This is a very useful — but occasionally misunderstood — way of determining how long it will take to fully remove a tattoo. Don't worry, it doesn't require any highly-technical medical knowledge to understand. You just need to know a few things about yourself and your tattoo.
Is laser tattoo removal really effective? That's what every patient wants to know. The answer is: it depends. For the most part, it is very effective, but there are a number of factors at play here. Some tattoos can be removed easily, while others will require a number of laser removal sessions. How do you know which category yours falls into? Here are a few guidelines.
Living with an unwanted tattoo can be a source of great distress — whether it's the name of a lover you'd rather forget or a teenage mistake that's hurting your chances of employment. Fortunately, it's easier to remove tattoos than ever. One option is laser tattoo removal. Patients frequently have questions about this procedure so here are a few of the most common questions answered.
You can get a tattoo for many reasons: to commemorate loved ones, to impress friends, to express yourself. However, sometimes life circumstances change and the tattoo that was a great idea 10 years ago suddenly loses its charm. If you're beginning to feel like a tattoo has outstayed its welcome it might be time for a laser tattoo removal.