Tattoos have become more socially acceptable, especially by millennials, across professional and economic status. Statistically, more than 40% of them are sporting at least one tattoo and one in eight regrets getting them. This would explain the 400% rise in tattoo removal clinics. Visible or uncoverable tattoos can still be a liability, professionally. As of 2019, zero states protect people with tattoos from discrimination in company hiring practices.
As life changes, so do outlooks, and the day may come when you might want to get rid of one tattoo or all of them. Easier said than done.
Despite the advent of faster tattoo removal lasers, such as the picolasers, it is still impossible to guarantee 100% clearance. Old black amateur tattoos do best. Pink, red, orange and yellow and white ones are particularly difficult to clear. Large professional tattoos, as well as layered ones require more treatment sessions than smaller ones. Professional dense black tattoos on hands, feet and shins are more resistant because the lymphatic drainage in those areas is slower. Traumatic tattoos such as gravel, lead, paint and other metallic particles respond reasonably well.
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Depending on the brand of cream and the size/color of your design, you may see some fading to your tattoo. However, results from a tattoo removal cream will be nowhere near what laser removal can offer you.
While this is based on the size, colors, and age of your design, most complete tattoo removals take one to two years. To allow your body to break down and eliminate the material that is being removed, it is recommended that you wait at least three months between sessions.
PicoSure is the newest, fastest method for laser tattoo removal. It’s FDA-approved for tattoo removal and cuts the session time in half. It’s also more effective at removing vibrant colors, such as yellow, blue, green, and orange, which are difficult for traditional processes to remove.
The total cost varies, since it’s dependent on how many sessions someone needs. But individual laser tattoo removal treatments usually cost between $200 and $500 each.