The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian “tatu”, which means “to mark something”. Tattooing has existed for thousands of years, and if you thought the current method of injecting ink into your skin was rather gruesome, you should consider yourself lucky. In earlier eras, the procedure was a lot riskier, and painstaking as each puncture of the skin was done by hand. Following reports of blood poisoning, hepatitis, and other diseases post-procedure, the cultural view of tattooing became poor, few people wanted a tattoo.
However, tattooing is making a strong comeback. Advances in technology over several years has made it more popular and accepted than ever before. The method of applying ink into the skin via hand held devices has made tattooing more accurate, artists are able to produce stunning designs in not only black or blue ink, but also colour, and the procedure has become a lot safer, and more bearable.
Around one fifth of adults reportedly have a tattoo, and the number is on the rise. However one third of tattooed adults end up regretting getting inked, and disguise their original design with a cover-up, others want it gone completely and opt for tattoo removal. Gone are the days when dermabrasion or chemical destruction were the most readily available options for removing tattoos, the evolving method of removal has opened up a more effective way of eliminating your unwanted tattoo for good, thanks to laser heat energy.
For the last ten years or so, the device favoured in laser tattoo removal has been the Q-Switched laser. Its short pulses of light gets turned into heat energy as it passes through the skin, this intense heat energy breaks down ink pigment into particles – which are safely removed by the body’s lymphatic system. Depending on the size and colour of your tattoo, the number of treatments will vary, nonetheless lasers truly are the ‘gold standard’ of tattoo removal. They break up a broad spectrum of coloured ink, and work on all skin types, whereas older methods of tattoo removal often leave a ‘ghost’ of the original image.
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