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Myths about Tattoo Removal
Myth #1 :: One Type of Laser Can Remove all Tattoos
Do you believe the myth that there is one laser that is “best” for tattoo removal? This is false. We find that at least up to 5 different laser wavelengths are needed for a safe and complete removal. Usually taking 2 or more lasers. Don't believe the hype—from anyone—who says they have one laser that can remove all tattoo colors.
Myth #2 :: Tattoo Removal is More Painful Than Getting a Tattoo
I am sure everyone has heard this statement. This myth is what keeps people from trying the procedure. For smaller tattoos, a local anesthetic can used to numb the site (eyebrows & ring finger tattoos, etc). Larger to medium tattoos can have a topical numbing agent applied before treatment. Also, a dermal cooler, a device that keeps the skin cool during the treatment really helps out. If you are having a lot of pain during a laser treatment, let your health care professional know. They can take safe measures to help you lessen the pain.
Myth #3 :: Tattoo Removal Causes Scarring
It is a common fear and belief that laser tattoo removal will scar you for life. As with any medical procedure, there is risk and benefit. On average, the probability of scarring is around 5% from laser treatment. That figure can be decreased by the client being very careful to follow the aftercare instructions from the health-care provider. Not all clients are suitable for laser treatment. Risks for tanned skin, darker skin tone, history of keloiding, pregnancy, Accutane medication, immune system disorders, some body locations, and other medications and disease processes.
Myth #4 - Tattoo Removal Creams vs. Laser Removal
So many people want to know if “removal creams” found on the internet will take off their tattoos. The short answer is “no.” The tattoo ink is deeply placed in the skin. Rubbing a cream on top will not achieve a removal. If this method worked there would be no need for lasers. Nor would the laser manufacturers spend millions of dollars for research, development, and marketing if a simple magic cream could do the job. Also if this product worked it would be on every shelf in every drug store in America. The cliché is true—if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.