Q: When I was younger I got some tattoos that I now regret. I am trying to turn my life around and these tattoos are affecting my future. How many treatments will I need? Cale, Winona Lake
A. Cale, we all made poor decisions in our youth. In fact, tattoo regret is becoming more common. According to a study by ORC International, more than one in four tattooed Americans have tattoo regret. I think it’s great you are taking the steps to move forward and change your life. The fastest and easiest way to get a jump on this process is with the laser tattoo removal device known as the enlighten™. It is designed for the removal of tattoos of all colors and on all skin types. It is the only device in the world that offers both picosecond and nanosecond wavelengths. By utilizing this technology, it means your tattoo will be removed with fewer treatments and faster results.
As far as how many treatments you will need, Cale, it is hard to say for certain without seeing your tattoo in person. I can tell you though that generally three to six treatments are recommended. These treatments are spaced eight weeks apart. Did you know that with other laser tattoo removal devices it could take 12 or more treatment sessions and you still might not see complete clearance of your tattoo?
You may wonder why multiple sessions are required? With most tattoos, the ink exists deep below the first layer of skin. In order to reach all of the ink in the skin, multiple treatments are needed to break up the ink in layers and allow your body to process it. The colors, size, depth of the inked area as well as your body’s metabolism are all factors affecting the number of treatments needed.
When researching the removal of your tattoo, be sure to seek out a highly trained and skilled laser technician using the latest technology. This will ensure your results are faster, better and safer. Best of luck to you, Cale, as you go through this tattoo removal process and on your future!
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on Botox, fillers and sclerotherapy.
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