Truth Meter: Debunking the Myth of Tattoo Removal
Have you ever looked back on your past decisions and thought “I was so young and so stupid”? Today you are probably laughing at some of those memories, but there are some things that cannot simply fade away, and are with you each and every day to remind you how big of a mistake that was – to get a tattoo. It is right there, carved in your skin – name of an old high school love, favorite musician, a quote, a picture of a star or a rose that has absolutely no meaning, and so does not deserve a place on your body. You thought about removing it so that you do not have to face it for the rest of your life, but you heard some pretty disturbing facts when it comes to this procedure. You will do well when you do not believe everything you hear! Here we have five most common myths about tattoo removal, and we will try to reassure you and make you think twice before leaving the awful mistake on your skin for the rest of your life.
- The Pain Is Unbearable
This one is probably the most common, and the scariest one. Tattooing was already painful, and you do not want to go through it again, and I cannot lie to you, you will feel something, but the degree of pain depends on individual’s tolerance for it. Another good thing is that in several laser tattoo removal clinics in Perth, Sidney and other bigger cities in Australia, they have a few techniques to make this experience as painless as possible, like some skin cooling devices or they could apply anesthetic creams half an hour before the procedure.
- Laser Will Leave Ugly Scars
The only thing worse than the tattoo itself is to have an ugly scar instead of it. This myth started because of the lasers that were used in the past, and have in fact left marks after removing the ink, but, like every other, this technology developed too, and you do not need to worry about it anymore.
- You Only Need One Session
Cannot even believe that someone claims this to be true. Not one person that went to get his or her tattoo removed has visited clinic only once. The number of procedures depends on the size of the tattoo and its color, but do not worry, when you finally decide to do it, first you will consult with a specialist who will examine the tattoo and explain in great detail what the process will look like and how much time he will need to completely remove the tattoo.
- Lasers Are Not Safe
Again, probably because in the past people had some problems when it came to laser removal, but today, it is completely safe. A great number of people each year undergo the procedure, without any consequences. Nowadays you do not even have to go to a doctor, but you can go to a medical spa or a dermatologist, who will perform just as effectively.
- Tattoo Removal Creams Work Better
Like most cellulite, anti-age and acne scar creams, tattoo removal creams also do not work. The ink gets so deep into your skin, which no cream can access, and in best case scenario, your tattoo will fade, but not completely disappear. But then ask yourself – is it better to leave it as it is, than to have a smudgy stain of what once was, in a way, a work of art? If you decide to do it, at least do the right thing. Laser skin treatment is the best way to go.
So please do not bother yourself with old wives’ tales, and do not hesitate to remove that picture that bothers you so much. Wrong decisions made in the past should not follow you your whole life.