Actor Ryan Reynolds once said “when you have expectations, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.” Having expectations is not a bad thing, but it is very important to have realistic expectations and the ability to modify your expectations depending on the situation. This is especially true for laser tattoo removal. Realistic expectations are key to a successful laser tattoo removal journey. In this post we discuss realistic expectations for laser tattoo removal.
Laser Tattoo Removal Takes Time – You want your tattoo gone…right now. We get it. Making the decision to remove your tattoo is a big one and it can be hard to see the big picture, but it is important to understand that tattoo removal takes time. The amount of time removal takes depends on a variety of factors, but most people can expect tattoo removal to take any where from one to two years to complete. The good news is that with each treatment, your tattoo will fade more and more.
Laser Tattoo Removal Can Be Uncomfortable – We get asked all the time whether or not laser tattoo removal is painful. Again, there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable. How uncomfortable it is depends on location of tattoo and a person’s individual threshold for pain. The good news is that there are things we can do to make the procedure more comfortable such as ice, numbing cream and cooling air during the appointment. It is also important to remember that laser tattoo removal is an extremely quick procedure.
Laser Tattoo Removal Will Cause Gradual Changes Over Time – It is also important to have realistic expectations about what your tattoo will look like as it changes with time. The fading will be gradual and will not be immediately visible after each appointment. It may be hard to notice changes in your tattoo on a daily basis. This is one of the reasons Dr. Brotzman takes pictures at each appointment –to monitor the progress of the tattoo.
One really good way to keep your expectations in check when it comes to laser tattoo removal is to read other’s experiences with the process. You can read the story and look at pictures of one of our patients here. Another great place to read experiences and to look at pictures of fading is at realself.com.
If you are interesting in starting your laser tattoo removal, please consider Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic. Remove a Tattoo offers physician performed tattoo removal that is safe, affordable and effective. We are located in Glendale and serve the Greater Milwaukee Area.