Some time ago you made a decision that was intended to last for the rest of your life. For some of you, this was a spur of the moment decision. For others, it was something that you have been thinking about, weighing the pros and cons for a long time. Whatever your path to that decision, you’ve now come to another decision – to undo that first decision.
No, I’m not talking about marriage and divorce. I’m not talking about changing schools, dropping out of med school, or anything of that sort. I’m talking about having your tattoo removed.
Now, I’m going to assume that you’ve ruled out some of the more dangerous and less effective tattoo removal methods like cryotherapy, surgery, and microdermabrasion Adelaide deals. Although those have their place, they inevitably leave scars that will last the rest of your life. For the sake of this article, we’ll assume that you have elected to go with a tattoo removal laser.
So, the question is, what, if anything, should you do to prepare to have your tattoo removed?
One of the most important steps in any life-impacting decision is learning about it. By reading this article and others like it, you’re well on your way toward being well informed. You’ll want to know what, if anything you should do to prepare for the removal. Are there any special skin treatments to consider, for either before or after the procedure? How much will it cost to have your tattoo removed? How many rounds of laser treatment should you expect? How long does it take for your skin to recover between treatments?
The Big Day
You’ve had many of your questions answered and know where to find the best tattoo removal laser in town. You’ve scheduled you’re appointment for today and you’re looking for some last minute preparation pointers.
Honestly, there isn’t a lot of preparation yet. Make sure you bring a soothing cream for after your treatment (although your chosen remover might provide something for you). And you might want to take a mild aspirin to help dull the pain.
What Comes After?
After your treatment, your treated skin will be sensitive (after all, you just hired someone to burn it). Over the next few days to weeks, you want to make sure that you put sunscreen on the tattoo, because the skin will burn easily after treatment. Pay attention to how the tattoo looks, also, especially if you had some sort of allergic reaction when you first got the tattoo. Although uncommon, allergic reactions to the tattoo removal laser need to be treated promptly.
Removing a tattoo, just like getting one, is a big decision. Hopefully, you found this article helpful as you make plans to remove your tattoo. One last piece of information: Darker inks and older inks break down more easily, and bright colors like yellow or fuchsia may not be removed at all, although they will fade.