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Your Tattoo Removal Checklist

25th October 2014

Getting a tattoo is a big decision that should be considered carefully, and in much the same way, having a tattoo removed requires equally careful consideration. Before going ahead with the procedure, make sure to ask an experienced and qualified dermatologist the following questions:

Can this tattoo be completely removed?

There are a number of factors that can contribute to how easily a tattoo can be removed and in some cases it may not possible to remove it entirely. Things such as your personal skin colour and condition, the age and complexity of the tattoo, or the colours of the ink used can affect the ease of removal. For darker skinned people, there is a chance that it will change the pigmentation and permanently lighten the skin.

Is this facility qualified and equipped to deal with my tattoo?

In the case of tattoos with coloured inks, different types of lasers may be needed for removal, so finding a clinic that uses the appropriate equipment needed for your specific tattoo is an important consideration.

Additionally, it's important to verify the credentials of the tattoo removal specialist. You want to look for someone who has significant experience and is both a certified laser specialist and an expert dermatologist.

How long will the sessions last and how many visits will it take?

Tattoo removal is a process that requires patience and will take multiple sessions to complete. That being said, the amount of sessions will be specific to the individual. Consulting a professional will ensure you get the appropriate amount of visits and they can advise you on how long the process is likely to take overall.

How much will it cost?

The cost of tattoo removal can vary considerably and the overall cost will depend on the number of visits required to complete the process. Be aware of how much you are willing to spend and book a consultation to determine whether tattoo removal is within your budget.

What is the aftercare?

It's important to take care of your skin so make sure to consult with a professional about proper after-care procedures. If you experience any infection, do not wait for it to get worse, immediately contact your doctor.

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