Tattoo regret hits people at different stages. For some people, tattoo regret takes a few months or a few years. Maybe the tattoo they got was the name of someone close to them. Then, as the years passed, their relationship with that person changed. Or maybe the tattoo they got was a way to associate themselves with a gang or another group. Now, as they’ve gotten older and their responsibilities in life have changed, they no longer want to be associated with said group. Thanks to tattoo removal, many have been able to say hello to ink-free skin. Contact Dermatology Consultants of South Florida today to learn more!
For other people, tattoo regret is immediate. They walk into the tattoo parlor jacked up on adrenaline and peer pressure and quickly select a design. As they walk out of the parlor, they already know they don’t like the tattoo. A few days later, it is clear they hate the tattoo. Now, they go from wanting to show their tattoo off to wondering how quickly they can get their tattoo removed.
Laser tattoo removal is a great option for anyone experiencing tattoo regret. Unlike what many people believe, laser tattoo removal does not burn the tattoo off your skin. Instead, the lasers will break down the pigment of the ink to a point where your immune system can carry the ink particles off and destroy them.
From the moment you get a tattoo, your body recognizes that the ink is a foreign invader. The metallic particles that make up the ink from the tattoo are larger than what your white blood cells can carry away. There may be some smaller particles that your white blood cells are able to attack, and this explains why your tattoo starts to fade on its own over time. However, for the most part, the bulk of the ink particles are too large for your body to get rid of.
However, after the laser quickly heats the ink particles and the metal is able to break down into smaller particles, your immune system can kick in and remove some of the ink.
Not all tattoos are created equal. Certain tattoos have colors in them that are difficult to break down. Others have darker colors that are easy to break down. If your tattoo was performed by a professional, it’s likely that the ink was applied evenly. This means that for the most part, the results you get from laser tattoo removal are going to be even. However, if your tattoo was applied by an amateur, it is likely that there are going to be certain areas where the ink penetrates deeper and other areas where it sits more shallow. This is going to make it more of a challenge to have your tattoo removed evenly.
The closer a tattoo is to your heart, the easier it will be for it to be removed. This is because the closer it is to your heart, the more blood flow there is. The professional helping to remove your tattoo may encourage you to increase the number of antioxidants in your diet. Antioxidants can aid your body in breaking down tattoo ink.
If you’re considering tattoo removal, don’t wait and call Dermatology Consultants of South Florida today! With five locations in South Florida, we’re happy to help you!