#4: Finding an Expert is Key
The number one thing you can do to minimize post-treatment risks is schedule a consultation with an expert. Use this time to discuss the specifics of your tattoo, ask about their client experience and their success rates. Be sure to check out before and after pictures.
#5: This Might Sting a Little
Laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable at many non-medical tattoo centers, worse than the pain of actually getting inked. The good news is New York Skin & Vein Center uses the most advanced techniques to keep you comfortable and pain-free, including numbing the area with creams, Novacaine like injections, and cold air technology.
#6: Post-Treatment Care is Crucial
To avoid permanent scarring, you must avoid sun exposure, apply antibiotic ointment frequently, and keep the area bandaged in the days following treatment. The aftercare you give the area determines how rapidly you’ll heal and decreases the number of treatments you’ll need.
#7: It Might Take Longer Than You Think
Contrary to popular belief, tattoos usually don’t disappear after just one laser treatment. Each time the tattoo is treated, your skin takes 4-8 weeks (sometimes more) to heal. Considering you may need 2-10 treatments to remove your tattoo, it could take a year or more.
#8: Expect to Pay for Quality Results
Sessions can cost between $100 to $1,200 each. Researching and choosing the right medical office is important to avoid long-term complications. The cheapest clinics have the most outdated lasers which require 10 to 20 sessions of treatments and have the highest rate of complications. This is not the time to go with the least expensive option unless you’re prepared to have scarring and endure 20 twenty sessions of laser tattoo removal.
#9: Colored Ink is Not Hard to Remove
You may be shocked to know that darker colors are easier to remove than lighter colors. While your treatment plan may be longer, you can get your multicolor tattoo removed by an experienced doctor with The Enlighten laser that targets different colors.
#10: You Don’t Have to go all the Way for a Cover-up or Re-do
Partially faded tattoos are easier to retouch, update or cover up and it’s impossible to tell the difference. If your intent is to cover up an existing tattoo with a new one, getting a couple of removal treatments will lighten the existing tattoo, making it easier to cover up.