People have been getting tattoos for thousands of years. Some of the oldest records of people having tattoos are from 5,000 years ago. The way that society views tattoos seems to fluctuate. There were times in history when tattoos were seen as a normal form of expression, and there were other times when tattoos were seen as a sign of rebellion or a taboo. Over the past 10 years, modern society has changed its view of tattoos to a more positive one. They are now seen as being mainstream. This has resulted in a lot more people getting tattoos. Reports show, however, that about a third of people who get tattoos eventually regret them and want to have them removed. If you are among the group that regrets their tattoo, why not consider tattoo removal in Austin?
How Does Tattoo Removal Work?
When people think about using lasers to remove tattoos, they imagine that the laser is burning the tattoo off of the skin. This is not what is taking place. During laser tattoo removal, the laser is used to break ink particles down to smaller sizes. This allows the ink particles to be flushed away by the body’s immune system. It is broken down small enough so that the body is able to remove it via the natural waste removal process.
During the treatment in Austin, selective photothermolysis is used to target the ink. Different wavelengths of light are used, depending on the color of the ink and the tattoo. The energy that’s directed at the tattoo causes the ink to rapidly heat and expand and then contract. This is what leads to the ink particles breaking down into smaller sizes. The benefit of this type of treatment is that it has the potential to produce drastic results without damaging the surrounding skin.
There are a number of factors that are going to determine how well the tattoo responds to treatment. For example, a black tattoo may respond better than a tattoo that is made up of yellow or green ink. Tattoos that were applied by professionals may respond better than tattoos made by amateurs. This is because amateurs have an uneven hand and may have deposited some of the ink deeper into the skin.
If you regret your tattoo and are considering tattoo removal in Austin, you can learn more at Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX. We look forward to helping you make your unwanted tattoo a thing of the past. We also offer training courses for laser tattoo removal, which you can learn more about by clicking here. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!