Self expression is a wonderful thing, but so is the ability to change your mind. In this day and age it seems like everyone and their mother has a tattoo (or three), and it seems like more than ever the average person may be jumping into an impulsive novelty tattoo. Sure, it was clever at the time, but now you’re a totally different person and it just doesn’t hold the same appeal it once did. The good news is that nothing is permanent.
For quite some time laser tattoo removal has been held as the industry standard for treating unwanted ink, but it comes with some drawbacks, most notably that it simply does not work on certain colours of ink, and is not as effective for darker skin types. Other not-so-nice effects from laser tattoo removal include:
- Blistering and burning
- Swelling and bruising
- Pinpoint bleeding and crusting
- Muscle and tissue soreness
- High risk of scarring, hyper- and hypo-pigmentation in darker skin types
- High risk of liver and kidney toxicity (more on this later!)