Tattoo Regret? You’re Not Alone!

Did you know 20% of people regret their tattoos? That’s one in five! The number is astounding but not surprising. There was a 43% increase in the number of tattoos removed in 2012, and 40% of people cited employment concerns as a reason for having their tattoos removed.

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What Is Tattoo Removal?

Tattoos have been the most popular form of body art around for centuries. While many people enjoy getting a tattoo and how it looks on their skin, others may regret their ink. Whether due to a change in personal taste or professional reasons, tattoo removal has become popular for those wanting to erase their ink. While there are multiple methods for tattoo removal, the most common is laser removal, which uses light and heat energy to break down the ink particles in the skin to be naturally removed by the body's immune system. Our dermatologists at Skin Care Doctors can determine the best method based on your tattoo's size, location, color, and depth.

Non-Surgical Tattoo Removal

Some of the most common and least harmful methods for tattoo removal include the following.

Laser Removal

Laser tattoo removal uses high-powered lasers to break down the pigments in tattoo ink so that the body can absorb and eliminate them. The laser sends light pulses into the skin, which the ink particles absorb. This causes the ink to break down into smaller pieces that the body's immune system can remove. The process usually requires multiple treatments, each lasting only a few minutes. The number of treatments necessary depends on factors such as the size and color of the tattoo and the type of ink used.

Topical Tattoo Removal

Topical tattoo removal refers to using creams, ointments, or other topical solutions to fade or remove unwanted tattoos. These products typically contain chemicals that work to break down the ink pigments in the skin, allowing the body to absorb and eliminate them. However, it's important to note that topical tattoo removal methods are generally less effective than other methods, such as laser tattoo removal, and may take longer to achieve noticeable results.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) tattoo removal is a non-invasive procedure that uses high-intensity light energy to break down tattoo ink's pigments. The light energy is absorbed by the ink particles, causing them to break down into smaller pieces that the body's immune system can eliminate. IPL tattoo removal is similar to laser tattoo removal, but it uses a different type of light energy. IPL is less focused and powerful than a laser, so it may require more treatments than laser tattoo removal. The number of treatments you may need depends on factors such as the size and color of the tattoo and what type of ink was used.

Why Choose Skin Care Doctors?

Our medical providers at Skin Care Doctors are board-certified experts in dermatology. Our facilities are equipped with cutting-edge technology to support your skin in any way. Depending on the nature of your tattoo, our providers can prescribe a medical aesthetic treatment to help you regain clear and healthy skin with minimal chance of scarring. If you have a tattoo you want to erase from your skin, don’t fret. Our providers have an effective solution for you. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our providers so that we can get you on the path of freedom from a past tattoo.

Better skin health starts here. Schedule your appointment today.

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