Tattoo removal in Iran: All you need to know
Tattoo removal jobs have been performed with various tools using different methods since the beginning of the tattooing phenomena. While tattoos are meant to be permanent, it is now possible to remove them using various treatments, fully or partially.
How is tattoo removal done and what are the most common tattoo removal methods?
There are different methods and techniques for tattoo removal. The most popular and effective tattoo removal options are discussed in the following.
1. Tattoo surgical removal
Surgical tattoo removal involves using a surgical procedure to cut away skin that contains the ink. This method is performed under local anesthetic injections. However, this method can only be done if the skin can compensate for the area where the tattoo has been removed, which means that large tattoos will require skin grafts and require multiple sessions if the skin cannot be simply stitched together. This means that traditional surgical tattoo removal is more suitable for removing small tattoo. Pain, swelling, and bruising are common side effects after surgical tattoo removal.
2. Tattoo Removal creams
Tattoo removal creams are applied to tattooed skin in hopes of erasing the ink. Unfortunately, there is little evidence that tattoo removal creams actually remove tattoos. Most of these creams do not even claim to remove tattoos entirely. Instead, they claim to help make tattoos less noticeable.
These creams claim to work by bleaching or peeling away the top layer of your skin (epidermis). Some even claim to replace the white blood cells on your skin (macrophages) that are filled with tattoo ink. However, tattoo ink is injected into the next layer of your skin (dermis), so many of these surface-level treatments are ineffective.
At best, a tattoo removal cream will make the tattoo fade away leaving a distorted, discolored version of the tattoo that may become a permanent scar.
Chemicals in these products can cause painful side effects, including redness, rashes, burning sensation, peeling, permanent scarring, permanent skin discoloration, and inflammation.
Moreover, if you have allergies, using a questionable cream could cause potentially life-threatening symptoms, which include rashes, hives, swelling, breathing problems, nausea, vomiting, anaphylaxis.
3. Micro dermabrasion
Micro dermabrasion involves using an abrasive device to sand down the layers of the skin. Applying this method might be painful and will result in an open wound that needs time to heal. The obvious complications for such treatment include pain, bleeding, scabbing, scarring, itching, and the possibility of an infection.
Salabrasion is an extremely dangerous tattoo removal process. It is similar to microdermabrasion, but instead of using an abrasive brush or a diamond wheel, this process involves the removal of the epidermis then blasting the salt onto skin with force, which might cause extreme pain and discomfort.
5. Injectable methods (Rejuvi)
The Rejuvi method involves applying a chemical remover to the skin in order to capture the ink particles by forming a thicker substance within the dermis, and then pushing out through the outer layer of the skin along with the trapped ink particles. Unfortunately, despite the simplicity of the process, it has always resulted in severe scarring.
Cryotherapy treatment stands for the process of freezing off the tattooed skin, which as expected involves taking away the healthy unaffected outer layer of skin in order to reach the pigmented dermal layer. This method has many complications similar to the previous ones.
7. Laser tattoo removal
Laser tattoo removal is the only safe and effective method to remove a tattoo without damaging the outer layer of the skin. Different wavelengths of light target different tattoo colors, as sufficient amount of energy penetrates the skin and reaches the tattoo pigments in order to break up the ink.
Older lasers used to damage the surrounding skin due to excessive heat. Fortunately, with today’s technology, laser treatments are able to break up the ink photo-mechanically rather than using excessive heat on the ink, which leaves the integrity of the outer dermis of the skin maintained and undamaged.
8. Tattoo removal pen
Similar to laser tattoo removal, tattoo removal Pen uses laser technology to break down and fragment the ink particles into smaller particles, which allows the body to remove them from the skin. Generally speaking, it takes 6-8 sessions to completely remove a tattoo using this method.
Is it safe for people with dark skin to get Tattoo Removal?
Regardless of the skin color, the risks and side effects associated with laser tattoo removal are much the same. Things like blistering, scabbing, swelling and itching are quite normal, as they are an indication that your immune system has started the healing process. However, people with black or darker skin might be more susceptible to the following complications:
1. Keloid Scars
This condition is quite rare, but can develop as a result of tattoo removal. Keloid scars show up as raised and thickened overgrowth of scar tissue that develops around the original wound. Although keloid scars sometimes appear three to six months after tattoo removal, several treatments are available to help flatten them.
During the tattoo removal session, pulses of different light wavelengths are used to break up the ink, which can affect the skin’s natural pigment or melanin, resulting in hyperpigmentation. Luckily, these patches of darkened skin will disappear over time. Moreover, cosmetic products can be used to make them appear more natural too.
This condition is manifested through lighter patches of skin that appear after the removal of the skin’s natural pigmentation as well as after tattoo removable. Due to the contrast between dark skin and light hypopigmentation patches, this condition can look more obvious than it actually is, and it may take months or even years for the skin’s pigment to look normal again.
Can Tattoo Removal cause infections?
Nowadays, lasers are considered as one of the safest ways to get rid of tattoos, as it is the least painful, and with 3-4 sessions you can remove almost 80% of your permanent tattoo. Also, among all other methods of tattoo removal, it is considered the most effective one. However, like every other treatment, laser tattoo removal has some unwanted side effects that can be normal symptoms through the healing process, or a sign of a possible infection, which can be extremely dangerous and cannot be ignored.
What are the main tattoo removal infection signs?
Itchiness as a common side effect that can be felt soon after the end of the treatment. Also, the itching sensation may spread out from the area of treatment to the surrounding area. If you experience itching for only 2 to 3 days after the treatment, then it is normal and there is nothing to worry about. However, if the itching persists for almost a week, then you must visit your practitioner.
The majority of the patients experience swelling after laser tattoo removal. Normally it lasts for a week, and rarely, it turns into a severe infection. In such circumstances, you will need medical assistance.
It is quite natural to develop some degree of redness in the treated area after the laser treatment. However, if it persists for more than 2 weeks then it is a sign of major infection, which will become more painful and discomforting with each passing day and requires immediate medical assistance.
This uncommon sign occurs only if you have sensitive skin. Blisters can cause you a lot of pain. Therefore, avoid touching them or popping them. You can only apply an anti-bacterial ointment to the blisters as per your doctor’s recommendation.
5. Skin Discoloration
Patients undergoing laser tattoo removal are more likely to experience skin discoloration. As the heat pointed towards the treated area affects the skin color and turns it into white. During the recovery process, the skin keeps on changing color and gets back to its normal color after 4-6 months.
How long does it take to fully-recover after tattoo removal?
Healing is usually complete within 4 weeks. However, healing time may vary depending on the used method and on tattoo removal aftercare precautions taken after the treatment to avoid infections.
How can we take care of the treated area and prevent Infections?
By following these simple tips, infections can be avoided, and the journey of recovery will be smooth and quick.
- Do not forget to apply the prescribed anti-bacterial ointment to the skin and cover the affected skin with a bandage.
- Maintain a healthy and nutritious diet before and after the treatment. This will reinforce your immune system.
- Keep the treated area clean and dry during the healing process. A mild soap can be used, but make sure to pat dry instead of rubbing the skin.
- Even though it is ok to take a shower 2 hours after the treatment, it is preferable to avoid excessive heat to the skin. This is done by avoiding high-pressure hot showers, or soaking in a bath or sauna for at least 24-48 hours afterwards.
- Do not exercise for 24-48 hours after your treatment. The last thing you want to do is aggravate or hurt the tender area.
- Do not expose the treated area to the sun. It is highly recommended to use an effective sunscreen if you are planning to go out.
- Take Paracetamol for pain relief and try to avoid Aspirin as it can increase the risk of bruising or bleeding.
- Do not pick or scratch at the treated area in order not to scar the area or cause infection. Instead, use cool compress to ease the slight burning sensation when it occurs.
- Try to avoid shaving the treated area until it has completely healed.
Is it okay to get tattoo removal while being pregnant or breastfeeding?
When it comes to laser tattoo removal during pregnancy or breastfeeding, it is highly recommended to consult your practitioner and follow their advice. There is no research to suggest that laser tattoo removal is a risk to you or your baby’s health while pregnant. However, it is impossible to be 100% certain that there is zero risk.
As a precaution, it is highly recommended to wait for the end of the pregnancy before carrying out laser tattoo removal, as pregnant women must take into consideration an important factor that is “photosensitivity”, since it increases during pregnancy, which means that the skin becomes more sensitive to light and therefore more likely to react to the laser. In conclusion, to ensure the best outcome, it is advised to wait so there is no increased risk to the skin.
Furthermore, when it comes to tattoo removal while breastfeeding, as with pregnancy, there are no studies at this time indicating that there are risks associated with breastfeeding and laser tattoo removal, but it is better to be cautious and wait until the end of the breastfeeding period before getting tattoo removal.
How can I arrange my medical trip to have tattoo removal in Iran?
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