Daddy Ain't Home No More! Watch Lani Get Laser Tattoo Removal

jessicapaige in Guides

Our friend Lani was searching for a solution to make a (hilarious) tattoo disappear.

It took a little convincing to entertain the idea of laser tattoo removal, until we were lucky to stumble upon one of the industry's most sought after specialists, Bethany Cirlin. Here's a little clip of their session...

Not so terrible, was it?

With the emergence of Pinterest, Instagram and Tattoo Reality TV - we have immediate access to the fantastic artwork that is currently emerging in the industry. Art, you may feel, that is putting your kitchen-party-stick-and-poke to shame. Dealing with a bad tattoo is a bummer, we know it; and when it comes to trying to correct those lapses in judgment there are typically just a small handful of options.

1. You learn to live with your unwanted tattoo, FOREVER. 2.  You cover it up with something TWO to THREE times the size. 3. You get rid of that bad boy for good, or lighten it for new work with Laser Tattoo Removal.

If getting a larger scale cover-up tattoo isn't an option for you, Laser Removal is an effective way to do away with these kinds of little mistakes. How long a total removal will take is dependent on a few things. How old the tattoo is, how big the tattoo is, and how saturated the tattoo is. On average a full black removal will take anywhere between 6-10 sessions, and for color 8-12. Though it seems like a long and drawn out process, these sessions are typically very quick. Quick as in 2-5 minutes per session.

So, How does it work?

Essentially, the laser creates trauma and the body responds to this trauma by sending white blood cells to the site of the tattoo. The white blood cells then begin to "macrophage"  or attack the particles of the tattoo pigment, while breaking them into smaller pieces - which is then digested by the body's immune system. The day a patient is lasered the process begins, and it will go on for weeks at a time as the topical trauma from the treatment heals. When healed, the process will slow down - which is why multiple sessions are necessary to ensure a full removal. As you continue introducing trauma to the tattoo site, the body continues to break down ink.

Below are a few examples of full and partial removal, also done by Laser Specialist Bethany Cirlin at Clean Canvas More Art. (@cleancanvasmoreart)

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If you too are struggling with an unwanted tattoo, laser is worth considering. For all intents and purposes, it could mean a world of difference over time - and will be especially beneficial to those lightening for new work. Beneficial to your artist, and to your tattoo.  Remember, this article is designed to give general information only and is not a replacement for a laser professionals advice. For details pertaining to your specific case, please arrange a consultation from a laser professional.

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