It’s almost that time again to wear shorts, swimsuits, or attend spring and summer events. As exciting as this can be, some of us immediately have to think of how we are going to cover up a tattoo we may regret or don’t find appropriate for certain events. If you’re sick of dealing with heavy makeup to cover up a tattoo or are less likely to feel comfortable in your skin because of it, it may be time for tattoo removal from a board-certified dermatologist. The dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology Specialists are here to help!
Though you may want to try a tattoo removal cream or tattoo makeup first, nothing can truly get rid of a tattoo like laser tattoo removal can, especially dark ink. The lasers use intense pulses of light to break down the ink on your skin. Because of the way the human body filters waste and particles like ink, after this process, it naturally rids the skin of the tattoo’s ink because of the pulses of light. Of course, the body can only filter itself so fast, so it may take multiple sessions to see the results you desire. This will depend on the size, color, and complexity of the tattoo.
Patients typically report minimal pain. The worst case scenario is usually comparable to the amount of pain the tattoo initially caused. Each session can vary, but usually the pain gets better over time. The average number of sessions is anywhere between six and eight, which is precisely why you’ll want to begin the tattoo removal process in the spring so you can enjoy the results by the time the weather warms up.
Tattoo removal is a great option for almost anyone looking to permanently remove ink from their skin. Like any other dermatological procedure, there are mild side effects. Some patients reported a minor skin rash, scarring, hyperpigmentation, and more. Patients with eczema should wait for their skin to be clear of flare-ups before starting their tattoo removal journey. Of course, eczema’s unpredictable nature will dictate when you schedule your tattoo removal appointments. Your dermatologist will be able to help you determine if removing your tattoo is the right choice for you and your skin, especially if you have a skin condition. Since this process has the potential to take even longer for those with eczema, dermatitis, and other skin conditions, the earlier you start the journey, the better!
If you’re wondering how to remove tattoos and are tired of failed attempts to fully remove ink from your skin but want to be able to confidently show that part of your body without worry, laser tattoo removal might be right for you. It’s time to get started before summer!
Contact the dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology Specialists who are here to help answer any questions and plan your journey to clear skin free of unwanted tattoos. We have locations in Douglasville, Columbus, Cartersville, and Rome, GA. Request an appointment today!