The process of getting a tattoo isn’t completely pain-free – but, it is less complicated than having it removed. When putting something on your body that will be there for the rest of your life – lack of thought, getting caught up in the excitement, being under the influence or peer pressure can lead to poor decision making.
In the past, tattoos were ‘sanded off’ by intense dermabrasion. With the assistance of lasers, the heat and wavelengths react with the tattoo ink, to dissolve it. Voila, no more tattoo! The ink is absorbed and then flushed from the body, naturally. The more colors you have in your tattoo, the more time and visits it will take to remove it. You see, due to the fact that each pigment has a different light absorption spectrum, the wavelengths must be specific to each color. So, each color is removed separately. Believe it or not, it is actually easier to remove the darker colors (black, red, orange), than it is yellow or green.
Regardless of how many colors you have – you will need to be aware that it takes several sessions, approximately two months apart, to remove a tattoo. The body needs time to absorb the ink, and it helps the removal expert to see where to concentrate their energy. Some parts of the tattoo may be more difficult to remove than others. Other considerations in the time / cost of tattoo removal: Location of tattoo, immune system response, skin color, thickness, health, hydration and scarring in the area will slow down the removal process. Having second thoughts? Contact a tattoo removal specialist in your area to receive an evaluation.