Rethinking that Ink? Here’s All You Need to Know about Laser Tattoo Removal

If you are fed up with your permanent body art, it might help to know that you are not alone in that – statistics show that almost 30% of all Americans have at least one tattoo and that 25% of them have a change of mind regarding it.

Tattooing was a common practice even among ancient civilizations. Presently, however, there are so many types of ink and a spike in the number of tattoo artists. On the other hand, celebrities showcase the use of laser tattoo removal on social media making it seem like some easy one-shot solution. It’s no wonder there are so many myths surrounding the process.

Myths about Laser Tattoo Removal

Myth: Laser Tattoo removal is a quick and easy process

Fact: The process of removing a tattoo highly depends on the scale and the type of ink we are dealing with. But all in all, laser tattoo removal is a process that often requires more than one session, unless you simply want to fade the ink for tattoo cover up.

Myth: It is completely painless to have a tattoo removed

Fact: It is painless when you get a numbing agent, which a non-medical professional might not provide. Otherwise, the pain has been compared to having a rubber band snap against the skin.

Myth: It is safe for everybody

Fact: Based on the way it works, laser removal can be significantly more difficult for people with sensitive or darker skin. It could cause burns and hyperpigmentation if handled poorly.

Myth: All ink is equally easy to eliminate

Fact: Black ink is the easiest of them all but brighter colors such as blue and green are a bit tougher. On the further end, yellow, purple and white are the most difficult to remove.

Myth: It’s safe to get your tattoo removed at any place.

Fact: The truth is that although we have laser centers and spas mushrooming all over, it is vital to have a qualified dermatologist carry out the process safely. Book an appointment at MINTS Medical Spa Chicago to have your skin and ink analyzed before laser tattoo removal.

How Laser Removal Works

When tattooing, the needle deposits ink particles in the dermis layer of the skin. Your body’s natural reaction is to try and eradicate the foreign material. However, the large size of the ink particles and depth of deposition prevents them from getting removed completely. Nevertheless, that is how tattoos fade over time.

Laser tattoo removal speeds up this fading process by disintegrating the ink into very small fragments that the body can eliminate rapidly. The light energy targets the ink particles without bringing harm to the surrounding skin tissue. Even then, more than one treatment will be required to completely remove the tattoo. At MINTS Medical Spa Chicago, we space treatments a few weeks apart and the tattoo becomes lighter after each treatment until it is completely removed.

What to Expect During Laser Tattoo Removal

  • A technician will test how your skin reacts and analyze the density of your tattoo so as to determine the most effective energy for the treatment.
  • You’ll get a pair of protective eye shields as a precautionary measure.
  • The technician will pass pulses of laser light through your skin to break up the ink so that your body can flush it out.

Side Effect of Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser removal is considered safer than most of the other popular approaches – like dermabrasion, excision, or abrasions. This is because the laser selectively interacts with the pigment without much effect on the body cells.

Among the risks involved in tattoo removal is the likelihood of an infection or a permanent scar. In some cases, certain colors may not be completely removed. In addition, there is a chance of hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation. However, when handled properly, the chance of such adverse reactions is very minimal.

Do you wish to get rid of your tattoo? Contact or visit MINTS Medical Spa Chicago to get our highly qualified laser tattoo removal experts on the case.


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