Your tastes, personality, and goals will change over time. As a result, it’s common to have a tattoo that isn’t compatible with your current lifestyle and interests. Fortunately, removing your unwanted tattoo is easy. At Franklin Skin and Laser in Franklin, Tennessee, we can address this issue with laser tattoo removal treatments.
Tattoo Removal FAQs: Can I Completely Remove a Tattoo?
During a laser tattoo removal treatment, we will use a specialized laser to remove the ink in your unwanted tattoo. In most cases, you’ll need to receive a series of treatment sessions to effectively address your tattoo. As you complete your treatment plan, your tattoo will gradually fade and become less visible. Our lasers are very effective, and it’s common for this technique to completely remove your unwanted tattoo.
That said, some tattoos are more difficult to remove than others. If you have a very challenging tattoo, you may be unable to completely remove it with laser treatments. However, your laser sessions will significantly fade your tattoo, making the design appear less noticeable and bright.
How Does the Laser Removal Process Work?
We use state-of-the-art lasers that will treat your tattoo in a safe, efficient manner. During your treatment, we will use our equipment to transmit precise wavelengths of energy to your unwanted tattoo. This energy will cause the ink particles in your tattoo to shatter.
Over time, your body’s immune system will remove these shattered ink particles from your skin. As your body accomplishes this task, your tattoo will fade and the design will become less visible.
What Makes a Tattoo More or Less Difficult to Remove?
Since each shade of ink will react differently to laser energy, the colors of your tattoo will have a big influence on the removal process. In general, tattoos that are mostly black are easy to remove. Tattoos that contain a large number of strong colors or pastels will usually take longer to remove. Further, green ink can be very difficult to address.
That said, we use state-of-the-art lasers that are designed to treat a wide variety of tattoos, and we can successfully treat tattoos even with bold or pastel colors. During your appointment, we can adjust your treatment to fit the unique colors that were used to create your tattoo. Just be aware it will take longer with lighter colors.
A tattoo that you’ve had for many years will be less visible and bright than a newly acquired tattoo. As a result, an older tattoo that has already begun to fade will require fewer treatment sessions. A newly acquired tattoo will usually be more challenging to remove with laser treatments.
You will need to receive more treatment sessions to address a tattoo that covers a large area of your body. A smaller tattoo may only require a few laser treatments. A small butterfly on your shoulder will take less time to remove than an intricate design that covers your entire back.
The location of your tattoo will also impact the speed and difficulty of the removal process. Tattoos that are located on your hands or feet will take longer to address than tattoos that are located close to your heart. Your blood flow is weaker in your hands and feet, and your body will have more difficulty clearing away the ink particles from tattoos that appear in these locations.
Hiring a professional artist to create your tattoo will protect your safety and allow you to achieve better results. That said, professional tattoos have a number of features that make them difficult to remove with laser treatments.
Professionals usually deposit ink into deeper layers of your skin. They will also use a larger volume of ink to create your tattoo. As a result, a tattoo that was created by a professional will be more challenging to remove than a tattoo made by an amateur artist.
It’s common to disguise an unwanted tattoo by covering it with a new design. This type of layered tattoo will often contain large amounts of ink. Further, the cover-up tattoo is likely to contain strong shades of ink. These features make layered tattoos more difficult to remove.
Will Removing My Tattoo Be Uncomfortable?
Laser tattoo removal is a gentle technique that is often easier than the process of getting a tattoo. Further, our laser treatments have safety features that are designed to help you relax during your treatment. For instance, we will protect your safety by using sophisticated lasers that will not damage your skin. Further, we may advise you to use ice packs or healing creams to help your skin recover after your laser sessions.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?
Before we administer your laser treatment, we will examine your unwanted tattoo and talk about your desired outcome. At this point, we will design a customized removal plan for you. As described above, the length of your plan will depend on the size, location, color, and design of your tattoo. In addition, your body’s response to the laser treatments will also affect the number of sessions that you receive.
If you would like to completely eliminate your unwanted tattoo, you will probably need to receive six to twelve laser sessions. To give your body ample time to react to your sessions, we will wait six to eight weeks between each appointment.
When Will I See Improvements in My Unwanted Tattoo?
The effects of your treatment sessions will be cumulative. Since your treatment plan will be tailored to fit the design of your tattoo, you may respond more or less quickly to your laser sessions than other people. That said, you are likely to see improvements in your tattoo after three treatment sessions. At this point, your tattoo will begin to fade and become less noticeable.
It’s a good idea to take photographs of your tattoo throughout the treatment process. Comparing the pictures taken at the start of your treatment with more recent photographs will allow you to track your progress as your tattoo responds to your laser sessions.
How Can I Speed Up the Removal Process?
If you’re eager to say goodbye to your unwanted tattoo, don’t worry. There are several steps that you can take to speed up the removal process.
Avoid the Sun
We can’t perform a laser treatment on sunburned skin. As a result, developing a sunburn in your target area will delay your laser sessions and extend the overall length of your treatment plan. To avoid experiencing this issue, you should wear a high-quality sunscreen when you go outdoors. Further, you should avoid exposing the skin in your target area to tanning beds and excessive sunlight.
Living a healthy, active lifestyle will improve your body’s blood flow and immune system. When your body is strong, it will be able to quickly remove the ink particles from your skin. As a result, you can speed up the removal process by walking, hiking, or engaging in other types of physical activity.
Hydrate Your Body
To maintain a strong immune system, you have to hydrate your body. To ensure that you receive adequate hydration during your laser sessions, you should drink ample amounts of water every day. In addition, you should avoid drinking large amounts of caffeine, alcohol, and other substances that can dehydrate your body.
Rest Your Body
Receiving inadequate sleep will put extra stress on your immune system and decrease your body’s ability to eliminate your ink particles. To keep your immune system strong throughout the treatment process, you should make sure to get a sufficient amount of sleep each night.
Smoking tobacco in any form will constrict your blood vessels and damage your blood flow. These issues will harm your body’s ability to remove the shattered ink particles from your treatment area. Quitting smoking will improve your circulatory system and allow your body to quickly process and eliminate ink particles from your tattoo.
Can I Remove Part of a Tattoo?
It’s common to remove part of a tattoo. For instance, you might want to remove a person’s name without eliminating the other elements in your tattoo. We may be able to selectively target specific design elements in your tattoo. During your initial consultation, we will analyze your tattoo and let you know if we can remove your desired elements without affecting the rest of your tattoo.
How Quickly Can I Remove a Newly Acquired Tattoo?
If you’ve changed your mind about a newly acquired tattoo, don’t worry. You won’t have to wait for years to eliminate your new tattoo. That said, you must give your skin sufficient time to heal from your tattoo’s application before you begin the removal process.
The length of your waiting period will depend on the type of tattoo that you received and your skin’s response to your treatment. In general, we will advise you to wait for a minimum of eight to sixteen weeks before you begin receiving laser treatments.
Can I Use Creams to Remove My Unwanted Tattoo?
When you started researching tattoo removal treatments, you might have come across websites selling creams that are designed to remove your unwanted tattoo. Sellers often promise that these creams will completely eliminate your tattoo after one application. These claims are false, and you should not use these creams.
These topical creams cannot penetrate the deeper layers of your skin. As a result, they will not be able to remove the tattoo ink that has been deposited into your deeper tissues. Instead, these creams are likely to use bleaching agents that will have a minimal effect on your tattoo.
In addition to using ineffective techniques to treat your tattoo, these creams may contain dangerous ingredients that can damage your skin. For instance, you might develop burns or scars after you use one of these creams on your tattoo. You will protect your skin and achieve better results if you avoid these creams and use professional laser treatments to remove your unwanted tattoo.
Can Laser Treatments Help Me Prepare to Receive a Cover-Up Tattoo?
It’s common to receive a cover-up tattoo on top of your unwanted tattoo. Laser treatments can improve the appearance of your cover-up tattoo by fading your original tattoo. Since you aren’t trying to completely eliminate your unwanted tattoo, you might need only a few treatment sessions to achieve your desired outcome.
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You shouldn’t spend the rest of your life with a tattoo that isn’t in line with your current lifestyle or interests. Laser treatments are a great way to remove your unwanted tattoo. Our laser treatments are quick and comfortable, and you’ll have no difficulty fitting your sessions into your busy schedule. To learn more about our tattoo removal services, contact us at Franklin Skin and Laser in Franklin, Tennessee.