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If you are human, then you've likely run into one or more of these beauty problems - unibrow, too much facial or body hair, thinning hair on top of the head, cellulite, stinky feet, excessive sweating, and more. At one point or another a lot of women (and some men) will run into one or more of these issues.
Removing a tattoo is actually much easier today than it used to be. Prior to the advances in lasers, your only choices used to be dermabrasion (abrading or scrubbing the skin) or excision (cutting out the tattoo). Now, lasers are becoming "pigment specific" which means that they can get rid of more colors than ever before. Some colors are easier to remove than others, but the real truth is that most tattoos will never ever be 100% removed.
It takes an average of 5 — 8 in office treatments to remove a tattoo. This does depend on the size of the tattoo. Each session will last about 15 minutes and cost between $250 and $500 (which is generally NOT covered by insurance).
Approximately 10% of the people in the U.S. have a tattoo, and about half of those are interested in getting a tattoo removed.
Lasers work by breaking up the pigment of the ink with a high-intensity light beam. Black tattoos are easiest to treat because black pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths. All other colors require selective laser treatment depending on the pigment color in the tattoo.
There are few side effects to tattoo removal, but keep in mind that the removal site is at increased risk for infection, incomplete pigment removal, and the possibility of a permanent scar. The treated area is essentially a burn that will heal in a couple of days.
Removing a tattoo is considered to be very safe and very effective. It is much safer than any previous method of removing tattoos. Older tattoos are usually easier to remove because the strength of the original dye pigments was weaker. Newer ink technology and improving skills of the professional tattoo artists make artwork of the last ten years much more difficult to remove.
The many colors in the newer tattoos require more sessions to remove the ink pigment because each color requires a specific laser with the correct color-specific absorption energy. Pigment destruction is limited to the same color or wavelength of the laser beam and at the depth that the laser can penetrate. If your tattoo is deeper, it may be impossible to completely remove this pigment.
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I've gotten a number of questions about scars and how to make them appear less noticeable. This is an excellent article here on WebMD that talks about scars, what they are, how they form, and why some people seem to scar worse than others.
I hope you find this information helpful and beneficial. We all want to look our best, and with the right information in your hands, you will now know what you should do to help your own situation.
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