Angie’s List: Tattoo Removal
Forty-five million Americans have them, but many of them wish they didn’t. We’re talking about tattoos.
Because so many people regret adding that ink, the tattoo removal business is booming and might be even bigger if the process wasn’t so painful and pricey.
Considerations for Laser Tattoo Removal:
1. Sizing it up.
At the initial consultation, your laser specialist will determine if your tattoo can be successfully removed and how many treatments you might need. You may have to wait up to eight weeks between sessions, depending on how quickly your skin heals after treatment. You should also learn how much each session will cost based on your particular tattoo.
2. Will it hurt?
Most people agree that laser treatments can be painful – often more than getting the original tattoo – and some compare the feeling to a rubber band snapping on your skin. However, applying a topical anesthetic, such as the prescription lidocaine-based cream EMLA, can help ease the sting during the procedure.
3. After the session.
Your skin will be somewhat raw and there may be some blistering. Apply an antibiotic cream, such as Neosporin, and cover the area with a bandage. You should be able to remove the bandage the next day and wash the area with soap and water.
Small scabs generally form in a day or two and should come off within about a week. Be aware that some who have laser removal may experience rare side effects that include allergic reaction, change in skin color and infection.