Preparation Strategies for Laser Tattoo Removal

Successful execution of an activity requires a well set out sequence of activities. In the same way, for laser tattoo removal to be successful, a person should employ certain preparation strategies. This is what we shall be covering in this article. It’s worth noting that a tattoo cannot be removed if it’s less than six weeks old. 

Some of the Strategies Include: 

Have realistic expectations: Psychological preparation is what will determine how you will view the results. Expecting something different from reality is unwise. For example, if your tattoo was made with strong colors, you might not get clear skin, but there might be shades of the ink left even after all the efforts of removing the tattoo are employed.

Stay away from direct sunlight, tanning beds, or any type of tanning sprays: Lasers work by converting light to heat energy once it hits the skin. As such, dark skins are not the best tone for lasers. All the prior mentioned activities can darken your skin, and this can easily lead to burns or hypo pigmentation

Stop some medications: There are medication like antibiotics, aspirin, ibuprofen and a variety of others that cause a negative reaction in the body after a laser treatment. Aspirin and ibuprofen can cause immense bruising. 

Health status: The efficiency of the laser tattoo removal greatly depends on your health. The immune system helps to carry out the color pigments after they are broken by the lasers. As such, the better the health status, the easier it will be to get rid of a tattoo. Some other skin infections like acne can also make use of laser a challenge because they increase the sensitivity of the skin. It is thus advisable to ensure that you have no underlying health condition before taking laser tattoo removal treatment. 

Do not use make-up or lotions: These beauty enhancers can increase the probability of getting burnt because they increase the sensitivity of the skin. They can also reduce the efficiency of the laser by providing a cover that can inhibit proper penetration of the laser rays.

Quit or stop smoking for at least six weeks before treatment: Smoking is not a healthy or a good habit. It can easily kick the body out of proper hormonal balance because of the many chemicals it introduces into the body. Basically, smoking inhibits proper recovery from any medical procedure.

 Get a meal or a drink before the treatment: Failure to take a meal or a drink before getting a tattoo removal procedure can easily cause lightheadedness. Fluids are also important before and after the process. These reduce the probability of scarring after the treatment. 

Get enough finances: Tattoo removal will cost more than the tattooing process itself. Also, for a complete removal of the tattoo, more than one treatment is required. In most of the times, at least four treatment sessions are required depending on the location, size of the tattoo, and the ink used.

Do not wear tight clothing before and after the treatment: Tight clothe will scratch or graze the tattooed section of the skin. The strains during removal and wearing of a tight cloth might also cause scarring. It’s always advisable to wear loose clothing when going for a tattoo removal session and even after that.  Any form of exercise that might also strain the body should be avoided.

Wrap up: 

Although a person can just wake up one day and decide to get a tattoo removal treatment, it’s worth preparing for the treatment. In fact, for a tattoo to qualify for removal, it must be more than six weeks old and free from infections. All tanning and beauty enhancement activities should also be stopped. To be on the safe side, consult with your physician or dermatologist before getting the treatment.

Amelia Grant

I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.