Do You Regret Having That Tattoo?
We all have our regrets, past experiences we want to forget. Unfortunately, some leave permanent marks we cannot easily erase. This includes tattoo regret for some 20% to 30% of individuals with body ink.
The most popular reason: Falling out of love. They want the name of an ex erased. Other reasons are 1) Botched eyebrow tattoo job, and 2) A shot at a terrific job that is not compatible with having a tattoo of a fire-breathing dragon. With the increasing number of people having tattoos, the demand for tattoo removal is likewise growing significantly.
Before, there is no recourse but to go for invasive options such as acid removal or surgical excision. The high-risk procedures can produce scars that are more unsightly than the tattoo itself.
Today, advanced aesthetic lasers have made it possible for safer and more effective removal of unwanted tattoos. They target the ink’s pigment with a high intensity laser beam causing it to break up into smaller molecules. The natural bodily processes then absorb the ink, fading the tattoo until it is no longer visible.
The gold standard for tattoo removal is Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, with hand pieces delivering laser beam at 1064 nm for dark ink, and 532 nm for colored ink. They also have micro-adjustments for spot size and depth. Treatment may take between 3 to 6 sessions, depending on the depth of the tattoo and the inks used. Treatment interval is 3 to 6 weeks.
If you are one of those now saying, “I should have listened to Mom,” you know the good news. Start by having your free consultation at SkinStation for your MedLight Laser Tattoo Removal treatment.
This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on October 14, 2014 . The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.