Permanence of tattoos is the main reason why the thought of getting a tattoo can be exciting, yet scary at the same time. It is estimated that 25% of the U.S population has some sort of tattoo. Eventually, 50% of these people have a desire to have their tattoos removed. So yes, there is a way to make your permanent tattoo, not so permanent anymore. If you have decided that your tattoo has got to go, there is a fairly new and safe solution that will get rid of it.
Laser tattoo removal can be done at a non-medical office and involves breaking up the pigment colors of the tattoo with a high-intensity light beam, while leaving you with minimal side effects. However, like many other procedures, tattoo laser removal may put you at risk. Anytime the skin is ablated there is always the chance of infection; if the site does become infected, what do you do then? Additionally, when laser energy is applied to the skin the chance of burning is very likely. If the burn or infection is not treated properly the potential of receiving a thick, red, rope-like scar may be a possibility.
Tattoo removal is not a regulated industry, meaning anyone can do it. If you are thinking about having a tattoo removed, it would be a good idea to have the procedure done by a health professional. A health professional is able to determine the safe parameters for treatment of the skin, without causing scaring. If something should go amiss, the health professional is able to prescribe the right corrective treatment.
With a doctor in the house, supervising the treatment does not increase the cost of the tattoo removal. Quite the contrary, their prices are very competitive and can be less expensive than the tattoo parlour downtown Vancouver.
In the end, yes, it is safe to remove a tattoo; however you should plan to receive treatment in a proper facility, and you should always familiarize yourself with the risks and precautions so that your procedure goes smoothly and without complications.
Dr. John Curry is the Medical Director of BEAUTI-MED Laser Skin Care Centreand he understands how deeply problem skin can affect our well-being. During his general and surgical practice, he consulted time and again with patients requesting treatment that would effectively rejuvenate and correct skin – without the cost and recovery time of cosmetic surgery.
Dr. John Curry, MRCS, LRCP, DRCOG, has received extensive training and has performed major and cosmetic surgery for over 25 years. His memberships and qualifications includes The Royal College of Surgeons, The International Society of Cosmetic and Laser Surgeons and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.