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BY: LBL Team

What is Tattoo Regret? And How Laser Tattoo Removal Can Help

The benefits of getting laser tattoo removal

Tattoos are a popular form of self-expression, but they are not always decisions that stand the test of time. According to a survey LaserAway recently conducted, one in four Americans surveyed regret at least one of their tattoos, and “nearly one in ten tattooed Americans admit to instantly regretting a tattoo once it was on their body.” Why so much tattoo regret, you might ask? LaserAway’s survey further reveals that some of the top reasons why participants regretted their tattoos were because of poor quality, getting someone’s name tattooed on them, and where the tattoo is located on their body. While this study highlights the importance of carefully considering the decision to get a tattoo, what happens when the ink has already settled and regret seeps in?

Laser tattoo removal to the rescue!

Luckily, laser tattoo removal emerges as a beacon of hope for those looking to part ways with their unwanted ink. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this treatment that can banish tattoo regret for good:

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser tattoo removal operates on the principle of selective photothermolysis. In simpler terms, it uses laser energy to specifically target the pigment in the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin. Here’s the process broken down:

  • Targeting the ink: The laser emits short pulses of intense light that pass through the top layers of the skin and are absorbed by the tattoo pigment.
  • Breaking down the ink: Tattoo pigments absorb the laser’s beam and then fragment into tiny pieces.
  • Natural elimination: Over time, the body’s immune system naturally removes these smaller particles, causing the tattoo to fade over time.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of laser tattoo removal sessions varies depending on several factors, including the size, color, location, and age of the tattoo. Typically, professional tattoos require more sessions than amateur ones due to the depth and density of ink. On average, it can take at least eight sessions to fade a tattoo satisfactorily, with sessions spaced approximately eight weeks apart to allow for healing and the body’s natural elimination of ink particles.

How effective is laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal’s effectiveness has made it the gold standard in erasing unwanted ink. Although results can vary, most people can expect significant fading, especially with state-of-the-art lasers, such as Q-switch lasers, that are precise, versatile, and powerful. Black ink is the easiest to remove, while other colors may only fade and are more difficult to fully remove. The good news is that the newest laser technologies have evolved to become more effective than ever before.

A second chance for your skin

The decision to get a tattoo doesn’t have to be a life sentence of regret. Laser tattoo removal offers a solution for those who wish to erase the past and start anew. Whether due to a change of heart, professional reasons, or a simple change in taste, the technology and expertise available today provide a reliable path to fading unwanted ink. Want to learn more about laser tattoo removal? Reach out to LaserAway, the nation’s aesthetic dermatological provider, where all treatments are performed by registered nurses, nurse practitioners, or physician associates and overseen by board-certified dermatologists.

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