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6 Myths People Get Wrong About Tattoo Removal

6 Myths People Get Wrong About Tattoo Removal | Newport Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is an excellent procedure if you have a tattoo you don’t want. Whether you’re looking to have an old tattoo removed or simply faded so that you can have it covered more easily, laser tattoo removal is an effective option. There are many misconceptions about the process, however, and with this article, we’ll look at some of the most popular myths about tattoo removal.

It Only Takes One Session

Modern tattoo removal procedures can do amazing work in helping to remove your unwanted ink, but you shouldn’t expect it to be done in one session. Getting tattoo ink out of your skin is harder than putting it in, and a tattoo removal process takes place over several sessions and months.

Home Solutions Are Just as Good

From using other laser treatments like hair removers to trying out tattoo removal creams and home remedies, there are many different proposed methods of removing an unwanted tattoo that don’t involve seeing a laser tattoo removal professional. None of these are recommended. At best, home remedies are ineffectual. At their worst, some can cause serious harm when applied. You should only opt for professional treatment when you have a tattoo in need of removal.

Tattoo Removal Leaves Scarring

One misconception about tattoo removal is that it is prone to leaving scarring. While the skin around the removal site does become tender and can produce scabs while undergoing the procedure, it is customary for the skin to make a full recovery when properly treated in the days following treatment. Professional laser treatment should leave you with nothing more than a faded or removed tattoo when your treatment is done.

You Can’t Remove New Tattoos

Some people believe that fresh tattoos are more difficult or can not be removed. While it’s important that you wait until after your new tattoo has properly healed before considering any treatments, once you have moved past the initial healing phase there is no need for additional delay. While an older tattoo that has faded slightly with time may be removed in fewer sessions due to the previous fading, even a new tattoo can be broken up and removed with enough sessions.

Dark Ink Can’t Be Removed

While it’s true that lighter inks can be covered and removed more easily, and may be faded to your desired level in fewer sessions, dark inks can still be targeted with laser removal therapy. Even your black linework can be treated by a qualified professional.

You Need a Full Removal Before a Cover-Up

Because laser tattoo removal is a multi-step process, the name can be a bit of a misnomer. Many patients opt to only have a few sessions to fade the tattoo while still leaving it largely visible. For some cover-up work, this fading is all that is needed to produce a beautiful end-product.

If you have a tattoo that you want to have removed and have been considering getting laser tattoo removal, hopefully, this guide has helped to answer some of the questions or misunderstandings you had about the process. Get in touch with a laser removal therapist at Newport Tattoo Removal today to schedule a consultation.

How to Care for Your Skin After Tattoo Removal When It’s Colder Outside

How to Care for Your Skin After Tattoo Removal When It's Colder Outside | Newport Tattoo Removal

Getting an unwanted tattoo removed from your skin can be a freeing experience when it is finally done and you no longer have the unwanted ink. Removing a tattoo doesn’t happen overnight, however, and so it’s important to find the right time to begin your tattoo removal therapy because it comes with the need to manage your skincare over the duration of the treatment period. If winter is approaching and you’re considering having a tattoo removed or faded for a cover-up, here are four important considerations to ensure you manage the removal effectively and avoid any unnecessary complications.

There’s Good News

Before going into the special considerations you need to take to keep your skin clean and safe during a winter tattoo removal, there’s good news to consider. In many ways, getting your tattoo removal treatments in winter makes it easier to take care of the affected area. Many of the biggest concerns following removal are mitigated by doing so in winter when cooler days replace high heat.

The risk of increased exposure to the sun or getting dirt into the exposed skin is significantly reduced in winter because it is easier to wear more coverage when you go outside. Because temperatures are more moderate in winter, you can opt for long sleeves or pants much more comfortably than in the summer.

Moisturize Regularly

One of the biggest concerns when caring for your skin following a tattoo removal session is keeping it properly moisturized. Not only is moisturization good for your comfort throughout the process, but it also helps to keep the skin healthier and avoids drying out or painful cracking of the damaged skin. Although southern California doesn’t get the frigid cold of winter elsewhere, humidity still dips in December and January. Although regularly applying moisturizer to the affected skin is important no matter when you get your tattoo removal done, it is even more important in the winter when you are more at risk for drying out. Using a moisturizing lotion can help keep your skin from drying out and getting damaged.

Keep it Clean

In some ways, working on your tattoo removal in winter makes it easier to keep it clean as longer clothes keep it protected from outside dirt and irritants, but it’s also important to keep it clean under your clothes. This means that you should wear clean clothes and fabrics that don’t produce excessive lint or other small pieces that can get into the affected skin and lead to an infection. The warmer winters of California help with this, as lighter clothes are often less likely to have lint. You should also be sure to look at the affected area when changing or exposing the skin to moisturize and clean out anything that has gotten into the irritated skin.

Loose Clothes

In addition to choosing clothes that are unlikely to contaminate your sensitive skin, you should opt for loose-fitting clothes. Overly tight clothes can result in the fabric being pulled tight and rubbing against the skin when you move about. This is not only uncomfortable but can also irritate the skin and harm the healing process.

If you’re considering getting tattoo removal work done, winter is no reason to put it off. By following these tips you can get the removal you need while protecting your skin so it comes out looking its best.

How Your Skin and Ink Color Impacts Your Tattoo Removal

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Whether it’s out of regret or a change in perspective, many people with tattoos have at least one from their younger days that they would like to get rid of. While tattoos were likely to be permanent several years ago, modern technology has allowed for more and more people to undergo the tattoo removal process to erase the mistakes they made in their choice of body art.

Even with this new technology, removing tattoos is still a challenge. There are number of factors that go into a successful removal treatment including the experience level of your technician, the age of the tattoo, the type of laser used and the color of your skin and the ink that was used. This article will focus specifically on how skin tone and ink color play a major role in the success of your treatment.

Impact of Skin Color

Skin tone plays a major role in the tattoo removal process and it’s often discussed in terms of the Fitzpatrick Scale, which is how the skin reacts when exposed to the sun. First, tattoos on lighter skin can be removed faster because the laser settings can be set higher, allowing for faster results. Darker skin, on the other hand, requires more care and can’t handle the higher laser settings. It’s an intricate process, but simply put, dark skin tattoo removal is different from light skin tattoo removal, and the technician performing your removal must be aware of these differences.

Impact of Ink Color

Ink color can also determine how long the tattoo removal process takes and whether it can be erased entirely. Contrary to what may seem logical, if you have lighter skin and the ink in your tattoo is darker, the shorter the removal process will be. If your tattoo contains any red, yellow, white or fluorescent shades, it’s going to take more work to get it out. On the other hand, dark colors on dark skin takes a long time to come off because the technician has to be careful to ensure that the energy from the laser is actually being absorbed by the dark pigment in the ink and rather than the dark skin itself.

Skin and ink color are just two examples of what makes the tattoo removal process a challenge. Be sure to discuss these and other questions with your technician during your consultation so you can know exactly what results to expect from your treatment.

If you’re you’d like more information on your own tattoo and how removal may work for you call Newport Tattoo Removal today at (949) 631-9009 to schedule your consultation or use our online contact form.

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