Did your tattoo turn out completely different from what you had in mind? Did you realize that Chinese character on your arm is actually a rude word? It’s probably not your proudest moment, but don’t despair, nowadays there are secure, professional ways of removing a tattoo.
However, here are some important do’s and don’ts you may want to bear in mind before and during your sessions, to prevent any unwanted complications.
Share information about medical conditions and medicine you’re taking.
It is important to tell your tech about any medical conditions you may suffer from, particularly skin disorders and immune system diseases, as well as all the medication you are currently taking, as they may lead to complications during and after your tattoo removal sessions. Don’t hesitate to let them know if any changes occur on the health and medication front.
Although it is always recommended that you use sunscreen, for health reasons, it is even more critical that you do so when undergoing tattoo removal treatment. Laser tattoo removal works by targeting dark pigment, which means that getting a tan puts you at risk of complications.
Report allergic reactions.
Some types of tattoo ink, blue and red ink in particular, contain toxic minerals (like cobalt and mercury), which can cause allergic reactions. If you developed such reactions when you first got the tattoo, they tend to recur when trying to get it removed, sometimes taking severe forms, so you should definitely report allergic reactions before starting your sessions.
Don’t try laser tattoo removal if you are or may be pregnant.
The toxic components of some inks are a high risk factor for pregnant women, so if you are or suspect you may be pregnant, you may want to reschedule that tattoo removal job.
Don’t get a tan (spray tans included).
For reasons already mentioned above, you should avoid at all costs getting a tan before going in for your tattoo removal sessions. This goes for a spray tan as well. In case you already got a spray tan, be sure to clear the skin portion which will be subjected to tattoo removal treatment.
Don’t take antibiotics.
A side effect of antibiotics is increasing your skin’s sensitivity to light, which is not something desirable when undergoing any kind of laser procedure. For health and safety reasons, avoid antibiotics while undergoing tattoo removal treatment. If you have been on antibiotics, you should wait at least 3 to 10 days for them to be out of your system before going in for a laser tattoo removal job.
Don’t have unrealistic expectations.
Removing a tattoo takes time. Most people will need an average 10 sessions to get a tattoo completely removed, but this may vary depending on several factors, from its location and ink color to environmental factor and one’s immune system. It is important to be patient and follow your tech’s recommendations to get the best results.