Have you decided it’s finally time to get rid of that pesky tattoo you got during a bout of temporary insanity? Good on you, now all you need to do is find a reliable certified tattoo removal provider. Even though tattoo removal seems a fairly straightforward procedure, it is important to turn to a professional laser removal specialist to ensure that everything will go smoothly. Here are some useful tips to help you with your selection.
- Do your research.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it pays off to do a thorough research in advance. Specialized websites and social media are a good place to start, but don’t stop there. Ask your friends and friends of friends whether they underwent similar procedures. Also, do your reading on laser tattoo removal, potential health risks and the different types of lasers involved, so you can make an informed decision.
- Browse through options.
Don’t be shy about getting in touch with several prospective tattoo removal places and even schedule a consultation, to get a sense of your options. Once you’ve set up a consultation with a tattoo removal specialist, don’t hesitate to ask detailed questions concerning your particular situation and potential risk factors. Be sure to ask for “before” and “after” photos showing the success of the treatment on clients with similar tattoos and skin tone.
- Check your expectations.
Having said that, bear in mind that the success rate of a tattoo removal job is correlated to several factors. Depending on skin tone and the type of ink used, some tattoos can only be removed partially, leaving behind a ghost image and permanent scarring. In such cases, you might consider a cover-up tattoo, as an alternative. Once the laser treatment specialist does a thorough examination of your tattoo and is acquainted with your particular situation, he/she can make a fairly reliable assessment of your success rate and advise you on the best way to proceed.
- Don’t trust *wonder cure* providers.
Following the initial consult, the tattoo removal specialist can also give you an estimate of the average number of sessions you will need and recommend a treatment plan. Be wary of a tattoo removal provider who gives you an estimate below 10 laser treatment sessions, as this tends to be the bare minimum. Scheduling you for sessions too tightly packed together should also be a red flag. Most clients need an average waiting time of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments, though in some cases it might be even more. A lower waiting time will increase the risk of potential side effects, which range from mild irritation to skin burns or open wounds.
It is important to take all of the above into consideration while browsing through potential tattoo removal providers. The more so as, we cannot stress this enough, tattoo removal treatment takes time and it’s best to embark on this long-term journey with a guide you can trust.