Things to consider when deciding on tattoo removal

Tattoo removal is on the rise. People may consider having their tattoos removed when they feel they have limited options to wear certain clothing, when there are work-related requirements, or when they feel self-conscious. Other reasons may include changes in personal preference, changes in lifestyle, or being unhappy with the tattoo changes that may be caused by naturally ageing skin.

There are different methods of tattoo removal. Surgical excision is a more invasive option, and may be used only for small tattoos. With this procedure, there may be higher risk and some scarring. On the other hand, there are different lasers available for tattoo removal. PicoSure is one of the most advanced lasers available to date for safe and effective tattoo removal.

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If you do decide to have your tattoo removed, there are helpful things to do to help in achieving the best results.

Avoid waxing, shaving, and exfoliating on the same day as treatment. You can do these the day prior to your appointment to ensure that the pores are closed.

Hydrate yourself prior to the procedure.

Don’t go tanning and avoid using tanning creams on the tattoo area before your appointment. In case you have tanned skin, wait for the tan to fade before having a tattoo removed to minimize changes in the skin pigment. Please remember if you have a long lasting tan you will need to allow a minimum of 4 weeks prior to any treatment and a minimum of 2 weeks post treatment. A high factor, broad spectrum sunscreen must be worn on exposed areas and exposure kept to a minimum.

Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Tattoo removal treatments cannot be done on sunburned or recently tanned skin. In order for laser tattoo removal to work effectively, skin colour should be as natural as possible. At least four weeks before the procedure, you can apply sunscreen daily to the tattoo to protect it and the surrounding area. Sometimes, sunscreen may not be enough to protect the skin. It may be a better option to cover your tattoo area with protective clothing.

It is found that healing will be faster and the results will be better if you do these extra precautions prior to laser tattoo removal.