5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got My Tattoos Removed
Good news, you’re not alone. Celebrities also had tattoos that spell REGRETS. Angelina Jolie (though she appears as a woman who thinks she knows what she really wants) had a bad tattoo. Angelina Jolie had her Billy Bob tattoo permanently erased. Johnny Depp had her Winona tattoo removed. Both Aunt Angie and Uncle Johnny have tattoo regrets that they couldn’t get away from because their old tattoos are posted everywhere on the internet.
Jeffree Star’s Tattoo Diaries uploaded on his YouTube channel may make you grieve for your own tattoos. I watched the full series and didn’t grieve at all for the lost art on my skin though there were things I wish I knew before I had my tattoos removed through PicoSure. Here are some of them:
One tattoo session is not enough
I wish I was emotionally and financially ready to spend time and money before deciding to remove my tattoos. Some people think getting a tattoo removal is a walk in the park – you simply go to a clinic, spend an hour there and your tattoos are done. You must be emotionally prepared to go through the blisters, redness, and pain after the procedure. You must also be financially ready to spend more for another session or two.
Weeks before I had my PicoSure session, I watched some tattoo removal videos and was amazed by the before and after results. I also watched live tattoo removal videos and saw how some tattoos respond well to laser treatment. I thought maybe mine would take only one session but I was wrong. Even a session isn’t enough for my blue colored tattoo. I did four sessions with my other tattoos and some colors are still visible though some are already gone.
The location of your tattoo does matter
It took weeks for my treated ankle tattoo to be healed. Also, I’ve noticed that the tattoo on my back was the fastest one to heal and fade though there are some specific reasons why tattoos fade. One reason is if your tattoo is always exposed to the UV rays. The UV rays will most certainly cause fading and skin aging. Some experts believe that if you don’t want your tattoos to fade, you should choose areas where they are least exposed to the sun or where there’s less friction. And here’s another suggestion: choose to be tattooed far from the heart.
Tattoos that are near your heart are the ones easier to treat. Maybe that’s the reason why my ankle tattoo is too stubborn. I’m on my fourth session and I can say it doesn’t respond well to the treatment. As what most dermatology experts stated, areas with poor circulation don’t usually get good tattoo removal results. They don’t heal fast.
Your tattoo removal result depends on the color of your tattoo
The color of your tattoo matters so much if you are planning to undergo a tattoo removal procedure. Based on my experience, the colors that are difficult to treat through PicoSure are: red, yellow and blue while the ones that respond well to the treatment are green and black. Since the success of your tattoo removal depends on your tattoo, do not limit to only one laser treatment. I did PicoSure and RevLite and it’s easy for me to identify which one is the most effective. Because PicoSure failed to treat the red and yellow ones, I tried RevLite since it’s known to be effective in removing the difficult colors I mentioned.
In the photo below you may notice that it took me three sessions for the red ink to fade away.
Check again if your tattoo was done by an amateur or a professional
If your tattoo was done by an amateur, then you’re in luck. Tattoos done by amateurs are the ones that offer promising tattoo removal results. When I had my first consultation with Dr. Neil Oropeza, he asked me about the age of my tattoos and if they were done professionally. He also asked me about the quality of the ink. He was worried that my tattoo artists used vegan ink because he said the PicoSure treatment is not the best choice for that type of ink. It’s helpful to reach out to your tattooist before going to any clinic to help you answer such questions.
Amateur tattoos are uneven and did not penetrate deeply into the skin, making the whole tattoo removal procedure challenging yet easier to treat. Professional tattoo artists are more skilled in penetrating the ink deep into your skin, thus the tattoos are more difficult to remove or fade naturally.
Don’t settle for one type of laser treatment
Before going through a laser tattoo removal, be wise enough to research and educate yourself on other types of laser treatment. As I’ve said before, I tried RevLite only when I found out that some colors are hard to treat by PicoSure. I had a colorful tattoo on my hand so I decided to try multiple laser treatments. I’ve had two RevLite sessions after my PicoSure treatments to determine which colors respond better to specific colors.
The PicoSure tattoo removal cost is higher than other laser treatments but it’s considered one of the top choices by most patients who are eager to remove their tattoos fast. If you do further research, you might be surprised to know that there are actually some groups online that discuss removing their tattoos naturally, that means no laser treatments involved.
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