Some clients can go through the most troublesome tattoo journeys which means that a tattoo removal can be a big step to make, especially after spending so much time and money on getting a tattoo in the first place. Clients choose to opt for a tattoo removal for several reasons. A client may be looking for fading before a cover-up or some just blatantly don’t like their tattoo anymore, so it’s important for an artist to understand why a client wants a tattoo removal not just what they want removing.

As an artist it is important to make sure a client is well educated, has done their research and is fully committed to the idea of tattoo removal before the process begins. It’s crucial to talk about the tattoo removal process even if a client doesn’t. No client wants to make the wrong decision, especially regretting a tattoo removal when it could have been avoided. An informed client is a happy client.

What Does Tattoo Removal Entail?

Tattoo removal may sound technical and complicated but in hindsight, it’s really quite simple, if you can remember GCSE Physics anyway. The tattoo removal laser works with the different colours that make up a client’s current tattoo, sending different wavelengths of light to each individual colour. These waves of light penetrate the tattoo pigment under the dermis of the client’s skin where the energy from the laser light shatters the ink particles into tiny pieces. Once the ink has been broken down, the client’s immune system will begin to take away the ink fragments over several weeks, removing colour and pigment from the once tattooed area. Lightening of the tattoo will begin to occur and the more sessions a client has the more the tattoo will fade. See that wasn’t too difficult, was it?

Lots of factors can contribute to the success of the tattoo removal process. Tattoo colour, age, ink density, and even where the tattoo is located on the body all contribute to the removals success. The darker, younger, and deeper a tattoo is the harder it is to remove and will need several laser treatments. That’s why artists should discuss limiting factors with clients to make sure they’re making the right decision and won’t be disappointed with the outcome.

What Is Tattoo Removal Pain Like?

A client can’t be told how painful something is, because their pain threshold is as individual as their body art. However, artists will have witnessed an abundance of client experiences, and therefore have a gauge on how clients tend to fair when they are working with the laser. As a whole, it’s painful but bearable. There are after all ways of reducing pain and making the experience more comfortable. A removal artist’s best friend; skin numbing. Whether its cream or cold air, ice-pack or injection, an experienced tattoo removal artist will provide the numbing needs for each client in order to make the whole process more comfortable and less painful.

Laser artists will tailor the tattoo removal treatment to the client depending on their removal process. The current front-runners are ice-packs, topical numbing creams, lidocaine injections and cold air machines each providing relief and comfort for clients in their own way. Each skin numbing product will have its pros and cons, however it’s down to the artist’s judgement and the clients needs to be able to make the correct and suitable choice for their treatment.

What does Tattoo Removal aftercare consist of?

Tattoo removal aftercare is practically the same as normal tattoo aftercare. 3 simple steps; covered, clean and cream. A tattoo removal will heal the same way as a normal tattoo, it will scab, feel warm and be itchy, but it’s about looking after it correctly at each stage. As an artist, offering good aftercare advice is crucial to avoid going backwards on such a long and painful process.

What Are The Side Effects Of Tattoo Removal?

Most side effects of tattoo removals are only temporary during the healing process, but it is still important for artists to discuss risks and side effects with clients in the unlikely event that they may occur. A healed tattoo removal is usually complete in around 4 to 8 weeks, but clients may experience complications or side effects both during and after the healing process has taken place. Scarring is a possibility, though it is not always a direct cause of the laser. Typically, scarring is left behind when the original tattoo was done and is only revealed after the ink has been removed, although improper aftercare on the client’s behalf may also lead to scarring; another topic that artists may want to discuss with clients.

Tattoo removal side effects are typical of that of tattoos. Side effects usually take on redness, swelling, tenderness, bruising, blistering and scabs, something a client may already have already experienced. Side effects like these aren’t anything to worry about and its nothing that a cold ice-pack can’t help. Things clients need to be aware of, but don’t need to worry about, aside from the usual suspects, is hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. These occur when the client’s body’s melanin production is disrupted after treatment. Hyperpigmentation is an overproduction of melanin, causing the tattoo removal area to look darker than the skin around it. Hypopigmentation is the exact opposite, its an underproduction of melanin causing the tattoo removal area to look lighter. Hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation are mostly temporary problems that tend to subside given time, but it is still crucial that a client understands the changes their body could go through.

What Are The Alternatives To Tattoo Removal?

Tattoo removal doesn’t have to be the only option for a client. There is room for improvement with tattoos that don’t quite look as desired. There is a choice of selective removal, prior fading and direct cover-ups. It’s best to discuss these options with a client before going for a full tattoo removal, as it could save both you and the client time and money. First up, selective removal. This process is great for clients that have got larger tattoos with say an ex’s name or just part of a design that they don’t like and they want to adapt. Selective removal saves removing the whole tattoo when the original can be reworked. Secondly, prior fading does involve whole tattoo removal but only until the original tattoo is light enough to be covered up easily, meaning that the client doesn’t have to endure hours of lasering. Last in line, cover-ups. If a client is lucky enough to have a tattoo that is light, faded or doesn’t encapsulate harsh colours or lines, a direct cover-up could be a better option. With no lasers involved, it could be a better option. An artist should consider all options and angles with their client, a tattoo may have been a big step, but tattoo removal is even bigger.

At Premier Tattoo Supplies, we stock a variety of different aftercare products for both tattoo and laser artists. Our range of popular brands and aftercare products make sure clients are instantly cool and relieved of itching and irritation. Come and see us in our Mansfield store or online where you can find a wide variety of products to suit any artists and clients needs.