When it comes to getting a tattoo, celebrities get a lot of limelight and press coverage when they get a new one. Ironically, stars also get the most attention and publicity if they decide they want one removed. Your latest tattoo might not end up in the pages of a fashion or gossip magazine, and you probably won't make too much news if you decide to have yours removed. Yes, the lives of celebrities are a lot different than you and me for sure.
The one thing the average tattooed person shares with a tattooed celebrity is choosing laser tattoo removal as their preferred method of removal. There are several reasons for this: laser tattoo removal is safe and effective, and it's relatively easy to find a practitioner in most big cities.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
Tattoo removal isn't a simple matter of superficially washing off the ink or applying medication or creams to make it disappear. Because tattoo ink resides in the deepest skin layer, it requires deep penetration in the skin to be permanently removed. Laser tattoo removal provides this effect by sending wavelengths of light energy into the skin and targeting the pigment in the tattoo ink. The tattoo pigment absorbs the light energy causing it to shatter into much smaller, fragmented ink particles. The immune system completes the removal process by grabbing the deconstructed pigment and removing it from the body with the healing and filtering process via the lymph nodes.
How Many Laser Tattoo Removal Sessions Does it Take to Remove a Tattoo?
Laser tattoo removal works through several treatments scheduled approximately six to eight weeks apart and typically takes up 20 minutes per session depending on the size of the tattoo. This session time includes meeting with the practitioner, reviewing health history, taking before and after pictures, and prep time. The actual laser tattoo removal treatment usually takes just a few minutes since it's so fast.
Similar to the schedule of a celebrity, most people don't have the luxury of excess time to wait around hours to get a procedure done. Tattoo removal is fast and doesn't required much if any downtime.
The average number of treatments required depends on various factors, including the age of the tattoo, the type of ink used, that tattoo's color, the location of the tattoo, and more. As the laser treats the tattoo over multiple sessions, the ink is broken up and eventually fades and becomes non-existent. The body's lymphatic system takes over to remove the broken-up ink particles from the body.
How Much Does Laser Tattoo Removal Cost?
The cost of tattoo removal primarily depends on the size of the tattoo and the number of treatments needed to reach a patient's desired goal. Most tattoo removal treatments take between five and ten sessions, with an average of $200 per treatment for a medium-sized tattoo. That will add up to a cost of approximately $1,000-$2,000 per tattoo. While this may be more than some people want to pay to remove a tattoo, it's certainly not so expensive that only a celebrity could afford it. After all, if you have the money to get a tattoo in the first place, if you want it removed badly enough you can find the money for the multiple treatment sessions it will require.
Again, is a ballpark figure and shouldn't be used as a firm estimate. Prices will differ based on your provider and their market. A smaller tattoo could cost a lot less, and a much larger, intricate, and colorful tattoo could be twice as much, requiring additional sessions to complete.
The Benefits of Laser Tattoo Removal over Other Methods
The tattoo removal lasers provided by Astanza Laser provides patients an extremely professional approach to tattoo removal. The benefits are multiple and life-changing for patients who commit to the procedure:
- It's safe on the skin and has very minimal risks of scarring. Because the laser procedure is noninvasive and targets the tattoo pigment and not the skin, the treatment removes the tattoo effectively without permanent scarring, unlike other methods that abrade the tattoo away instead.
- Entire tattoos can be effectively removed over large parts of the body versus small treatment areas.
- Safety is a significant advantage of laser tattoo removal. Unlike other unproven methods, including salabrasion and dermabrasion, there is no major skin breakage that could result in infection. By keeping the skin whole and unbroken, the body is not put at risk with large areas of treatment and bacteria exposure.
Laser tattoo removal isn't just for elite celebrities with access to plastic surgeons or lots of money. Laser tattoo removal can provide anyone that wants their tattoo removed a safe and accessible path towards tattoo removal no matter how big the tattoo is on the body. Having a tattoo removal treatment performed isn't something reserved for just rock stars and celebrities.