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Tattoo Removal: Things you Should Know About Before Getting this Treatment

Every teen has strongly entertained the idea of secretly getting a tattoo, at least once. Some might even succeed to get one without parental approval… and then go on to realize after some years that they really didn’t need an “I <3 1D” tattoo after all. Even if you got a meaningful well-thought-out tattoo as an adult, there’s still the possibility that you simply outgrow it one day. Such cases often result in the desire to get the now-offending tattoo removed. 

How it Works

The traditional means of tattoo removal have been pretty tough. Consisting usually of surgery or microdermabrasion. Both of which are painful procedures with long recovery times. An easier, quicker, and less costly method of getting your old ink removed is through Picosecond Laser. This laser technology is also used to treat melasma, and hyperpigmentation and as a general laser-resurfacing tool for skin rejuvenation. Using lasers to remove tattoos has also been popular in the past. But whereas previously it used heat to remove the tattoos, the latest Picosecond Laser makes use of short bursts of energy to shatter the ink into micro-particles. These can then be absorbed and discharged by the body’s lymphatic and immune systems.

Patience Pays

Tattoo removal is a tedious process even though a session takes less than half an hour. You would likely need multiple sessions to progressively break the ink into smaller particles with each session. The tattoo continues to fade with each session but the number of sessions and time required to completely remove the tattoo is extremely subjective. It depends on a number of factors like size, location, color, and how old your tattoo is. The time of recovery also varies with the method of removal chosen.

Other Options

These include surgery and dermabrasion. Surgery is often opted for by those who have smaller tattoos and a large budget. The tattoo is removed using a scalpel and the remaining skin is stitched together. Dermabrasion is essentially sanding away the tattooed skin using a dermabrasion device. Neither of these two methods is particularly popular currently since surgery is more expensive than Picosecond laser and also has a more difficult downtime. Dermabrasion, on the other hand, is cheaper but it is more painful and the results can be unpredictable.

Does it Hurt? 

Tattoo ink is deposited under the epidermal layer of the skin and hence getting it out is going to hurt more than getting the actual tattoo no matter which method of removal you choose. As far as the Picosecond laser method is concerned, it is uncomfortable and mildly painful. Patients usually rank their pain levels around 2-3 on a scale of ten. As a result, doctors a Cutera apply numbing cream an hour before each session. A cold compress may also be applied afterward to alleviate discomfort.


The easiest way to understand this is to not expect perfection. This is because tattoos are designed to be permanent. Cutera’s Picosecond laser can remove all types of tattoos from all skin tones. Even so, minor differences in skin colors or mild scarring can be expected post-treatment. That is why it is important to get treated by an experienced and      professional dermatologist who can prevent damaging or scarring the area

Opt for a Good Caretaker for your Skin.

Cutera Aesthetics is among the well-known and credibly acclaimed laser and skin clinics for tattoo removal. Cutera provides fully qualified trained professionals with exemplary repute and experience preceding them. The staff doesn’t just perform a service. Instead, they understand that it is their responsibility as caregivers to ensure that each customer enjoys their experience and is happy with the results. Cutera’s Picosecond laser is a trusted one and their first consultation is free!


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