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Myths About Laser Tattoo Removal

Something that was once thought to be a permanent mark on the body can now be removed with the help of a specialized laser. With advanced technology, we now have the capability to remove unwanted tattoos and leave people with a clean slate.

Even though there have been numerous methods used over time to remove tattoos, laser tattoo removal is considered the most safe and effective removal procedure currently available. The laser works by delivering short powerful pulses of energy to the tattoo, which shatters the ink particles. The body’s immune system will then respond to the laser treatment in a series of responses that will flush away shattered ink over the course of a few weeks. Even though lasers are the most effective method of removing tattoos, many misconceptions exist about the procedure and prompt many individuals to be apprehensive about having the treatment done. Here are some common examples of laser tattoo removal myths:

1. Tattoo removal creams

Tattoo removal creams work just as well as laser tattoo removal.” This is definitely not the case. There has been no significant evidence to prove that these creams (i.e. wrecking balm, pro fad, rejuvi, etc.) work to remove ink from tattoos. In most cases, these creams just use bleach or other abrasive chemicals to mask the tattoo instead of actually removing any of the ink particles. When tattoo ink has settled into deeper layer of the skin (the dermis), then creams would not be able to reach into that deep layer to target the ink.

2. Laser tattoo removal often causes scarring

Laser tattoo removal often causes scarring.” There is a minimal risk of scarring that is associated with these procedures. Scarring can happen but is uncommon, and the risk is very low if proper protocol is followed. Certified laser specialists will use a recommended amount of energy to ensure that scarring does not happen. We also recommend at least six to eight weeks in between each treatment to ensure proper healing of skin to make sure scarring does not occur from too much energy and not enough healing time for the affected skin. Individuals should also be aware that scarring can result from picking scabs after laser treatments, and should follow strict aftercare instructions to prevent this from occurring.

3. A laser hair machine will be effective at removing my tattoo

   • 3. “A laser hair machine will be effective at removing my tattoo.” Absolutely not! Hair removal lasers often do use some of the same wavelengths as some tattoo removal lasers, but the duration of the pulse is MUCH longer. The pulse from a hair removal laser is about 1 million times longer than that of a tattoo removal laser. Due to the difference in pulse width, hair removal lasers are completely inappropriate to use for removing tattoos. It will direct a pulse of energy that lasts for much too long, causing thermal injury and potential scarring of the skin.

4. New tattoos cannot be removed?

New tattoos can be removed. Tattoos do not need to be old and faded to be removed. We can treat fresh tattoos as long as the skin is completely healed and there are no scabs. It is actually beneficial to treat new tattoos because there will still be ink settled in the top layer of the skin, which is easier to treat. Healing time will vary, but most people will need at least 4 weeks of healing time before beginning a laser tattoo removal treatment session.

5. Tattoos will come off with just one laser treatment?

Tattoos will come off with just one laser treatment” Not the case! Some companies make promises of this very claim, but it is not realistic. No clinic on earth has the technology to completely shatter all of the ink in a professional tattoo in just one visit. There are many different factors that influence how many treatment sessions someone will need to completely remove his/her tattoo and can include the following: type of ink used in tattooing, amount of ink in the tattoo, depth of ink, scar tissue present in the tattooed skin, part of the body tattooed, if the ink is homemade or professional, condition of the immune system, circulation of the blood in the treated area, skin type, age of tattoo, age of patient, etc. There is just no way to predict how many treatment sessions it will take to completely remove a tattoo, but we usually find that it can range from 5-12 treatment sessions. It is a process and requires a commitment, but we definitely have the technology to completely remove tattoos.

If you are considering having a tattoo removed

If you are considering having a tattoo removed, just remember that lasers are the absolute best and safest way to remove a tattoo. Here at Changes Laser Tattoo Removal, we are highly skilled at removing all different types of tattoos. If you are in need of removing your ink, contact the staff at Changes Laser to set up a free consultation.

Allergic Reactions to Tattoo Ink

Most people in the world find themselves allergic to at least one thing or another, whether it be environmental, food related, pharmaceutical, etc. Some people find themselves allergic to peanuts or cat hair, and some people will even find that they can develop a serious allergic reaction to tattoo ink.

While such allergies are usually rare, it is a possibility that can cause serious health problems. The reaction can be seen immediately in some cases, but often does not present until 48 hours or even a few weeks after having the procedure done. Allergic reactions can sometimes be misinterpreted for normal tattoo healing as individuals will often experience the same symptoms. An allergic reaction to a tattoo ink can present in a few different ways: localized swelling and redness, rash, small blisters or pustules with oozing, and itchiness/irritation.

It is especially important to keep allergic reactions in mind when getting a tattoo with red ink, as red tattoo ink has been the most associated with causing allergic reactions in people. Many red inks have iodine in them, which causes sensitivity in many individuals.

While red ink is the most common color ink associated with reactions, it is not the only culprit. Every color ink has the possibility of causing allergic reactions, but some are more common (yellow, green, and brown).

If you are concerned about the possibility of an adverse reaction from tattoo ink, you can consult with your tattoo artist to possibly get a list of ingredients in the ink. Then, your physician can determine if any of the ink’s ingredients are high-risk factors for allergies.

Some tattoo artists will even offer to do a test spot behind the ear to see if you have a reaction. However, if doing a test patch beforehand, it is best to wait a week after to see as allergic reactions may not appear immediately.

If you suspect an allergic reaction to your tattoo has occurred, see your physician immediately to get a diagnosis. In some cases, tattoos may need to be completely removed to treat the allergic reaction. Laser tattoo removal would be the best option for removing the tattoo and resolving the allergy once and for all. However, laser tattoo removal of allergy-causing ink can have its own set of complications.

If you intend to remove a tattoo with irritating inks, precautions should be taken (ranging from taking an antihistamine before treatment to having an EpiPen available), depending on your medical history.

Ultraviolet Tattoos: A Different Kind of Tattoo Experience

When most people think of tattoos, they think of permanent imprints on the body that contain either black or sometimes vibrant colored ink and can be easily seen by the naked eye. Even with temporary henna tattoos, the ink is very visible and easy to spot. There is a different type of tattoo experience; however, and it has to do with a tattoo that is a little more subtle than obvious.

Ultraviolet tattoos (or black light tattoos) are created with ink that only becomes visible if exposed to a black light. Therefore, these tattoos cannot be seen in normal light like most tattoos.

This unique ink experience has been popular with teens over the past decade due to the fact that the tattoos become visible under black lights. The UV tattoos are popular at raves and nightclubs. The special effects caused by the black light allow the tattoo to light up in many different colors. In order to be seen, since they only appear with special light, most tattoos are placed on key areas of the body such as face, arm, and legs.

While these special types of tattoos may look cool or appealing, they do not come without certain risks and can lead to problems with the skin. The chemicals that are being used to create the ultraviolet ink are raising concerns as multiple issues have been reported by consumers. Some common risk factors associated with these UV tattoos: skin rashes, blisters, and infections.

If you are thinking about getting one of these “unique” tattoos, you may want to think twice. There are currently no regulations on this type of ink, which allows tattoo artists to manufacture their own ink. In addition, this procedure is more complicated than normal tattoo treatments and requires a high level of expertise.

Unlike regular tattoos, ultraviolet tattoos cannot be removed with a laser tattoo procedure and this service is not offered at our clinic.

Employers And Tattoos

It seems that finding a great job in the current economy can be a challenge. Unfortunately, tattoos can further hurt your chances for employment.

In the last few years, tattoo removal has been on the rise. It appears that an increased competition for jobs is the driving force behind the increased popularity of laser tattoo removal. The economy is compelling individuals, who may not have previously been interested in removing their tattoos, to seek out tattoo removal from clinics such as Changes Laser Tattoo Removal in Tifton, GA.

Statistics from the Patient’s Guide website state that laser tattoo removal has increased 32% over the past year, with employment listed as a top reason for seeking out treatment.

A specific population eager to seek out tattoo removal treatments: recent college graduates on the job hunt that may be regretting a mistake made in the past. In addition, many people who have lost their jobs are now finding that removing their tattoos can give them an advantage.

While many tattoos may be hidden by work attire, others are not so easily covered. Many people worry about tattoos on their wrists, hands, and neck that cannot be concealed. Some companies allow their employees to have visible tattoos, but some have a very strict no tattoo policy.

Why might companies care if you have tattoos? Most companies have work attire dress codes to have a level of conformity and professionalism. Noticeable tattoos are distracting and may affect the public’s perception of the company. Also, many employers do not want customers to refer to their employees as “the one with the tattoo.”

Laser tattoo removal can be considered an investment in your future, as it can help you land that stable career you want.

Here at Changes Laser Tattoo Removal, we use state-of-the-art lasers that are the safest and most effective way to get rid of unwanted tattoos. If employment reasons are motivating you to get rid of your ink, give us a call today to help you jump start your career! Call Changes Laser @ (229) 339-3868 for a FREE consultation..