Surveys show that one out of every five people who get a tattoo eventually want to have it removed. If you have tattoo regret, you are certainly not alone. Whether you’ve been thinking about laser tattoo removal for a while or are just starting to look into the process, we have good news for you. The technology has evolved to make removing your ink more comfortable and more effective than ever before. At Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV, we use Cynosure PicoSure lasers: the most advanced equipment available.
Newsflash: Tattoos Don’t Have to Be Permanent Anymore
Most people get tattoos with the idea that they will last forever. The very word “tattoo” poetically conjures up images of permanence and irreversible decisions. This can be a great cause of stress for people who grow to dislike their tattoos or encounter circumstances that make having them inconvenient. The truth is that, in the past, getting rid of tattoos was tricky and even a little dangerous. People have tried all kinds of questionable methods to rid themselves of unwanted ink.
If you shied away from the tattoo removal process because you heard it was painful or ineffective, we don’t blame you. But the PicoSure laser has changed everything for the better. With this new technology, we can remove ink safely and effectively no matter what color it is. Now, you can finally get rid of the unwanted ink you’ve been living with and give your skin a fresh start.
Why Was Removing Tattoos Difficult in the Past?
All tattoo removal processes that use lasers work by releasing the ink that is located deep in the lower levels of your skin. Here’s why it’s a challenge:
Your Skin Is Good at Storing Tattoo Ink
Tattoo ink is a foreign substance in your body. When you get a tattoo done, your immune system tries to clear it out using macrophages. These are cells that help to keep your body free of infection and harmful elements. While they can easily absorb tattoo ink, they are not able to release it. Even when a macrophage is shattered, the ink doesn’t just go away. It is picked up by other macrophages.
Many Tattoo Removal Methods Don’t Work At All
Over the centuries, people have experimented with many forms of tattoo removal. These even include injections of garlic and lemon juice. Obviously, most of these methods were not effective. However, these attempts show just how important it is for people to be able to feel free of images they no longer like.
Even today, you should be wary of topical creams that claim to fade your designs. Tattoo ink is located below the top layer of your skin. Therefore, your body is not able to absorb these products to the depth at which they would have an impact.
How Does Laser Technology Solve These Problems?
The trick to effective tattoo removal is to alter the ink particles until they become tiny molecules. When they are small enough for the macrophages to process through their natural clearing mechanism, you will finally be able to enjoy clear, ink-free skin.
Doctors began developing the technology to blast away the ink with continuous-wave lasers in the 1990s. At that time, some people were still hesitant to have their tattoos removed because they worried about the risk of scarring. Later, Q-switch lasers offered significant improvements to the process.
Why Are PicoSure Lasers the Best Approach?
While continuous-wave and Q-switch lasers could get rid of unwanted tattoos, they did so by heating up the cells. This process took many sessions and could damage the surrounding tissue. Additionally, some colors did not respond well to the treatment. Even with these drawbacks, many people were happy just to be able to remove or lighten designs they no longer liked.
With the development of the PicoSure laser, the tattoo removal process is more effective and less stressful than ever before. Finally, you don’t have to accept subpar results when it comes to your tattoo removal. Here’s why PicoSure lasers are the best solution:
They Shatter the Ink Safely
Instead of cooking your cells, PicoSure lasers shatter the ink particles. This means that the process has less of an effect on your surrounding skin, and it can get rid of tattoos without leaving scars. It is safe for all skin types and does not require any downtime. After each session, you can go back to work and resume all other aspects of your routine immediately.
They Will Get You Results Faster
Many people who have tried laser tattoo removal in the past complain about the amount of time it takes to reduce the appearance of a tattoo. The new approach of the PicoSure lasers is so effective that it can get you better results in fewer sessions. If you have been waiting a long time to enjoy tattoo-free skin, we understand that you probably want the fastest approach available when you finally decide to take the plunge, and that’s PicoSure.
Many people think that PicoSure tattoo removal is more expensive than other forms of treatment. In fact, the cost is not much more because tattoo removal treatments are priced by the session. Since PicoSure lasers require you to come in fewer times, you will be charged less frequently than if you chose a different method.
They Can Target All Colors
Continuous-wave lasers and Q-switch lasers had trouble with certain colors, especially pastels, greens, and blues. The sophistication of this new technology makes it capable of taking on shades of ink that were not within the scope of the older equipment. For this reason, we recommend that people who have remnants of tattoos they tried to remove before come to us for another attempt. PicoSure technology can clean up an unfinished job that was started by other types of lasers.
Tattoo Removal Is Personal
Everyone wants their appearance to reflect their true tastes. That’s why people take so much care with their clothing, hair, and accessories. We understand that having unwanted tattoos is frustrating. You might find yourself constantly trying to cover up your ink or frequently explaining your tattoo regret to other people.
As you go into the tattoo removal process, it’s important to remember that there are many people who, like you, have excellent reasons for wanting to clear their ink. Here are a few reasons we frequently hear for wanting a tattoo removed:
Tattoos can represent many things, from past relationships to music bands to meaningful phrases. As people get older, their opinions evolve and they develop different tastes. One of the biggest reasons to get rid of a tattoo is that it is somehow connected with an ex. In the case of music, movie references, or other art-related tattoos, a person might outgrow the source of their enthusiasm. Or, they might continue to like whatever the tattoo represents: just not enough to want it inked on their body anymore. Even the enjoyment of a purely aesthetic design can vary with time.
Too Many Tattoos
When people have a positive experience getting one tattoo, it can spark a mild addiction, leading them to get more and more within a few years. If this is the case for you, you might choose tattoo removal just to clear up some skin. While you might still enjoy your designs, having too many tattoos can be a heavy look that is unpleasant to carry around forever.
A New Job
Many workplaces frown on tattoos, and certain images can be particularly startling to co-workers. When these tattoos are in places that are difficult to cover up, it can create awkward situations in the office. For people who are no longer enjoying their tattoos, the inconvenience of taking them to work every day is usually not worth keeping them.
Some people choose to remove their tattoos because the designs aren’t part of the image they want to present to their children. Children form a very strong mental image of their parents, and many people don’t want their old tattoos to be part of that impression.
For some people, removing a tattoo is a positive move for their health. In the case of patients who have been diagnosed with cancer in the ink-free areas of their body, having clear skin can make it easier for doctors to do full screenings.
Ink No Longer Looks Attractive
Our bodies change as we live our lives. People who got their tattoos a long time ago might dislike the way they have faded and stretched. Factors that can lessen the appeal of a tattoo include:
- Gaining or losing a lot of weight
- Having a child
- Sun exposure
- The natural aging process
Poor Tattoo Design
Unfortunately, not all tattoo artists are good at their job. Some people go into a tattoo parlor with a certain idea in mind and walk out with a design that looks very different. For people who never felt 100% right about a tattoo that they got, having it removed can be a big relief.
Use Tattoo Removal to Update Your Ink
Many times, people don’t want to get rid of their tattoos entirely, or they want a tattoo in the same place but with a different design. If this is the case for you, we can help. You will need to select a very good tattoo artist who can work with the parts of your tattoo that you leave or start afresh.
In either case, it is essential to remove or lighten the areas that you want to change. Fortunately, you can look forward to fewer sessions and faster results. We recommend that you wait six weeks after your laser treatments before adding new ink.
The Benefits of Laser Tattoo Removal
Ridding yourself of unwanted tattoos is an incredibly liberating thing to do. While you may have enjoyed your tattoos in the past, we are all living in the present. If your ink no longer enhances your appearance or your life, you don’t have to feel like you are stuck with it. Here are some of the benefits of laser tattoo removal:
It Can Help You Express Your True Self
PicoSure lasers can remove images or phrases that you no longer want to show the world every day. If you just want to look in the mirror and see yourself, tattoo removal can reveal your true, natural skin.
It Can Make You Feel More Comfortable in Front of Others
Saying goodbye to certain designs can make you feel more comfortable at work, with your partner, or in front of your children. It can also allow you to make a more accurate first impression of yourself when you meet new people for the first time.
It Allows You to Wear Any Clothing You Want
People who have their unwanted tattoos removed love being able to wear shorts, sleeveless tops, and bathing suits without feeling self-conscious about their ink. One of the biggest reasons people choose to get rid of tattoos is because they clash with certain styles of dress. Without tattoos, you will be able to choose clothing according to any mood or occasion without feeling like something is ruining the overall look.
It Can Make You Look the Way You Want in Photos and Videos
After tattoo removal, you will be able to pose for photos without worrying about how you will edit them afterward. When it comes to videos, altering them to hide a tattoo is almost impossible. If you don’t want the lasting images of yourself to include a tattoo or evidence of heavy editing, the PicoSure laser is a good option for you.
Ink-Free Skin Is a Red Carpet Look
There is always a lot of buzz when a celebrity gets a new tattoo, but did you know that many of them have had their ink removed? Some have it done because covering up designs for various roles is too time-consuming. Others just have personal reasons.
Celebrities that have gone through this process include Angelina Jolie, who lasered off the name of her ex-husband, Billy Bob Thornton. Similarly. in 1993 after overcoming feelings for co-star Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp altered his “Winona Forever” tattoo to read “Wino Forever”. Other celebs that have said goodbye to tattoos include Heidi Klum, Megan Fox, and 50 Cent.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been considering laser tattoo removal, the best way to get more information is by coming in for a consultation. We can take a look at the tattoos you want to target and answer all of your questions. We will show you our facilities and tell you more about how this process can make your tattoo regret a thing of the past.
Love the Look of Your Skin Again
If you don’t want to wake up every morning and see a tattoo that no longer brings you enjoyment, it’s time to try laser tattoo removal. Statistically, over 20% of the people who get a tattoo will eventually want a safe, effective way to get rid of it. Happily, technology has finally caught up with popular demand. You can put aside fears of scarring and incomplete work. PicoSure lasers are here to put your tattoos in the past.
Contact Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV for more information on laser tattoo removal. We would love to tell you more about how we can help you enjoy clear, inkless skin.