Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

5 Tips For Making Your Laser Tattoo Removal Most Effective

by Hugh Larson

If you want to have a tattoo removed or faded, then you may likely know that the most effective results usually take several sessions and can be somewhat costly. However, for many people, the complete removal of a tattoo that they regret is well worth the investment of time and money. If you have made the decision to get your tattoo removed, there are a few things that you can do in order to increase the effectiveness of each laser session, resulting in fewer sessions and a more thorough fading of the tattoo.

Be Prepared to Invest Time In Your Tattoo Removal 

For the best results, you should allow your skin to heal fully between each laser treatment. Some patients can have a laser session once a month while others may need to wait two months for their skin to heal between sessions. Allowing your skin to heal completely reduces the likelihood of scarring and allows the technician to treat the entire covered area during each treatment. If you want the tattoo removed for a special event, you should plan as far ahead as possible. If you simply want it removed, you may look into ways to keep it covered during the long removal process. 

Follow Your Removal Technician's Aftercare Advice 

The care you give your treated tattoo after a laser session is similar to the care you give a fresh tattoo. This involves keeping the area bandaged with fresh, clean bandages for several days, applying an ointment to keep it moist, protecting it from the sun, not picking at scabs or blisters, and avoiding submerging it in standing water, such as a bath or hot tub. Following your technician's aftercare instructions will prevent scarring and provide an even, healthy skin surface for future treatments. 

Increase Your Circulation Through Diet, Exercise, Massage, and Hydration 

Throughout the laser process, ink is broken up and absorbed into your body. To increase the effectiveness, you should make sure that you have healthy blood circulation. Your circulation can be stimulated in several ways. Daily exercise and a healthy diet are important. But you can also increase your circulation by staying hydrated and getting frequent massages. You may look into daily dry brushing of your limbs to improve your circulation, especially if your tattoo is located far away from your heart, such as on your ankle or wrist. Keep in mind that you will not be able to massage or brush the treated area while it is healing, but you can still work to increase your circulation by massaging other parts of your body and staying active. 

Be Realistic About the Results You May Achieve 

Depending on the type of tattoo, your skin type, and the placement of the tattoo, you may or may not be able to achieve full removal of your tattoo. If a full removal is not possible, you may want to look into fading and getting a cover-up tattoo. You may also want to invest in more sessions for a fuller fade. Your technician should thoroughly examine your tattoo and be able to give you a general estimate of the results you can expect, but it is common to not know exactly how your skin will react to the laser process until you begin treatment sessions. 

Let Your Technician Know If You Are Taking Hormonal Medications, Nursing, or Pregnant 

Drastic changes in your hormones can make your skin react poorly to the laser treatments. If you are breastfeeding or on hormonal medications, your removal technician may suggest that you wait until you are no longer on increased hormones to have the most effective treatments. If you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, your technician may recommend waiting until after pregnancy to begin the removal process. 


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Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

I have worked in a supportive role in the medical industry for over 20 years, and I have been amazed at the advances in medicine that have been made. While it is always great to hear about a new medication that helps cure a disease or a new surgical procedure that can help someone live a normal life again after an injury, I have been especially amazed at the research that has shown just how much our physical and mental health are connected. Since I keep on top of all of the amazing medical studies being performed and I know others are too busy to hunt them down themselves, I decided to start a blog to share my favorite health tips for keeping both your mind and body healthy.