The different myths surrounding laser tattoo removal

Posted on 13 May, 2010

Ever since the 1990s, people have opted for laser tattoo removal procedures to help to get rid of the tattoos they no longer want. This procedure has really caught the public’s eye and is gaining popularity at an alarming rate. And, the increase in the number of laser tattoo removal clinics stands testimony to the fact that this procedure actually works.

Nevertheless, with all this popularity, this procedure also has its own set of myths and beliefs. Some myths about laser tattoo removal are still around so let us look at some of these myths and shed some light on the truth to these procedures.

Laser tattoo removal burns off the tattoo: This may have happened with the older lasers, which did burn off a superficial layer of your skin. Now the Newer Q-switched lasers work differently. They photo-thermally attempt to fracture your tattoo pigments and rely on the body’s immune system to help rid you of your tattoo.

Fading creams are better than laser treatment: These so-called Tattoo removing fading creams are abundantly available on the internet. Nevertheless, there is no such documented data to support them. Unless it contains some sort of harsh acid such as glycolic acid, it will not be able to remove tattoos. If it did contain glycolic acid, it is bound to leave a scar. It is still not clear which chemical is present in such a cream but whatever it is, it will affect your skin.

Multicoloured tattoos cannot be treated: Black coloured tattoos are the easiest to remove. However, the more the number of ink pigments in a multicoloured tattoo, the harder it is to remove that tattoo.