How to get tattoos removed

By Rocco Del Monte
November 26, 2012

New job or career? Having problems with wearing skin-revealing clothes? Or just suffering embarrassment? These are just a few reasons why both men and women seek out tattoo removal procedures.

It may seem like getting a tattoo is a form of artistic expression, rebellious action, a status symbol or just a way to get back at your parents. 44 percent of people who have gotten tattoos wanted to feel unique, 33 percent wanted a since of independence and 28 percent wanted the attention brought to a particular life experience. But after time passes by and your skin is still inked and your mind matures, what then?

There are multiple reasons why not to get a tattoo or why to have one removed or covered up.

The top five reasons for tattoo removal are

  • 58 percent just decided to remove it,
  • 57 percent are suffering from embarrassment,
  • 38 percent had found a new job that requires a professional appearance that does not include tattoos,
  • 37 percent have problems wearing certain clothes that show skin and
  • 27 percent experienced a stigma among their peers.

Dermatologic surgeons state that the complete removal of a tattoo is not possible. The removal of a tattoo is difficult because tattoos are meant to be permanent.

Tattoo removal was not always a series of laser sessions; tattoo removal stared in the late 1980s with a series of more painful methods of removal. Dermabrasion was the sanding of the skin, cryosurgery was the freezing of the skin, and excision was where the tattoo was simply cut off by use of scalpel.

These form of removal are still used in some cases today but lasers have became the standard treatment for tattoo removal. The laser removal offers a bloodless, low risk and is an effective alternative with minimal side effects.

The procedure is done on an outpatient basis with a series of visits. The laser removes the tattoo by using wavelength of light in short flashes called pulses. The lasers effectively remove the tattoo with a low risk of scaring.

The lasers of light pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment.

Before getting a tattoo people usually think about the cost of getting it, but they should be more concerned about the cost of removing it. Having a tattoo removed is a lot more expensive than having one done.

Laser tattoo removal ranges from several hundreds of dollars up into the thousands depending upon size, type and location of the tattoo.

You can get a tattoo removed at any tattoo removal clinic. There are places right here in the city of Philadelphia that are highly recommended for tattoo removal. Monarch Med Spa located on 1625 Chestnut St., Abington Aesthetic & Laser Medical Center located on 15 North 2nd St. and Strella Med Spa located on 255 South 17th St., all are located in Philadelphia and all specialize in tattoo removal.

Rocco Del Monte

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