We all make mistakes in judgment from time to time, but, when that mistake concerns a tattoo, it can stay with you for a long time. Fortunately, that’s why tattoo removal services have become so common. While it’s possible to have your tattoo removed, this isn’t a procedure to be undertaken lightly. Asking the right questions, such as those outlined here, can save you time, money, and frustration.
Look for a Place That Offers a Free Consultation
An initial consultation serves two primary purposes. First, it gives the technician an opportunity to determine what will be involved in the removal of your tattoo and provide you with an accurate estimate. Secondly, it’s a chance for you to judge the technician and the facilities. If you don’t feel confident in the technician or in the quality of the tools, you may choose to look for a different service. For these reasons, your initial consultation should be free of charge.
Ask What Equipment Will Be in Use
Some machines just don’t have the capability of removing all colors in the spectrum, so it’s important to look for a business with the most advanced equipment. For instance, the Astanza lasers uses a full range of wavelengths, ensuring all colors can be removed. If you commit to a service that can’t remove the full spectrum of colors, you may find that your tattoo won’t be fully removed. Most blacks are easy to remove, but, where black ink was made from blues and greens, it may take a more powerful system to fully break down the ink.
Ask About the Technician’s Past Experiences
Even where a facility advertises experience in removing tattoos, that past experience may only involve a couple removals per month. Ask your technician specifically how many tattoo removals he or she conducts a month. If they don’t do tattoo removals exclusively, they may not have the necessary equipment to completely remove your tattoo. You might also ask if they can share any testimonials from previous tattoo removal clients.
Ask About the Procedure’s Effects
Most people report that having a tattoo removed feels much like someone snapping a rubber band against your skin, while others have said it was a more painful experience than getting the tattoo. This range of experiences may have much to do with the pain tolerance of each individual and the location of the tattoo. However, the equipment used during the procedure may also affect the sensation you’ll experience. Some facilities use cooling devices, which help to reduce the pain. Additionally, keeping the skin cool will reduce inflammation and help the skin to heal in less time.
Don’t Rely on Topical Skin Treatments
If the tattoo removal service recommends using creams, ointments, or lotions to aid in removal, be wary of trusting them with the care of your skin. Laser removal is the only type of treatment approved by the FDA for tattoo removal. Ointments, lotions, and creams haven’t been approved. They may end up causing other skin conditions to develop, such as blisters, rashes, burns, discoloration of the skin, or may cause the skin to scar. Avoid tattoo removal services that suggest these treatments can work.
Removing your tattoo is possible, but that doesn’t mean you should trust any service you come across. There are services of different qualities, just as is true with any type of business, so take the time to learn as much as you can about the business. Once you feel confident that you’ve found the right tattoo removal service, you can submit to the procedure and feel confident that you’ll receive quality service.