There are an endless number of reasons why people regret getting a tattoo. It may remind them of an individual who is better left forgotten. A person may have a change of circumstances, which means their tattoo no longer represents their beliefs or values. Or a tattoo may have been misspelled or not applied correctly. No matter why you want a tattoo removed, you may be hesitant to have tattoo removal treatments because you are worried about scars.
The good news is that scarring is a rare occurrence when it is done properly. You must work with a professional when having your tattoo removed. Also, you must carefully follow their instructions after each treatment session.
Here are a few of the things that can lead to scarring:
Work with Trained and Qualified Professionals Who Use the Right Equipment
The chances of scarring after tattoo removal services done in the right circumstances are slim to none. If you are starting off with unscarred skin, if you work with a trained and experienced provider who follows the proper protocols, and if they use the appropriate laser system, scar avoidance is totally possible.
One reason why scars are associated with tattoo removal is because some providers use the wrong equipment. It is possible for lasers to remove ink from this skin. However, not all systems are designed to do so properly. For example, some have used IPL, CO2, and hair removal lasers to address tattoos. This is risky. Severe scarring can occur if improper equipment is used.
A second reason why scarring may occur is because laser equipment is not properly calibrated or is poorly maintained. When treatment is done by a nonprofessional with the right equipment, it is common for scarring to occur after laser tattoo removal.
The Importance of a Good Pre-Evaluation
Before having laser tattoo removal performed, you should know what you are getting into and the type of results you should expect. A good pre-evaluation can help with this.
If you have a scar in the same area as your tattoo that was a result of the tattoo being applied or was a result of previous trauma, laser tattoo removal will not do anything to make the scar less noticeable. You should expect the scar tissue to be noticeable after the ink from the tattoo has been removed.
If you are at risk of keloids or hypertrophic scarring, there is a higher chance that you will experience scarring after laser tattoo.
Practice Good Aftercare to Prevent Scarring
Common side effects of laser tattoo removal include swelling, tenderness, redness, blistering, and scabbing. These side effects are temporary. To prevent scarring and speed up the healing process, the right aftercare is crucial.
Take steps to avoid friction in the area that was treated. Do not pick at scabs or pop blisters. Follow the instructions provided to you by Precision Laser on how to keep the treated area dry and clean.
Do not try to speed up the tattoo removal process by scheduling frequent treatments. Follow a treatment schedule set out by our team to reduce the risk of scarring.
If you combine working with a qualified professional, use the right equipment, and are diligent about aftercare, you can have unwanted tattoos removed with little risk of scarring. Contact us today to learn more about the laser tattoo removal services we offer.