Most people who get “Inked” make this choice because they feel so passionate about something, someone or an event in their life that they want this permanently “inked” on their body. Some for the world to see, others to be kept private.
Making a choice to have yourself “inked” is a big decision. It can be painful, plus you risk contracting blood transmitted diseases like HIV and hepitits. So whatever the reason it must be important.
When someone becomes motivated to explore tattoo removal, it is important for the technician to remember that there is a very emotional side to the decision. Whether having the tattoo completely removed or just faded, the mental process is the same.
So, why would someone change their mind to reverse their “permanent” decision? The list is long but here are a few:
- Job—A new job; many employers will not permit visible tattoos.
- New Love—Some have tattoos of an old love and now the new love does not like seeing the old flames name on a daily basis.
- Non-Consent—Then you have the heart to heart type stories that I have encountered, some are victims of hate crimes who never asked for the tattoo and desperately want to forget.
- Putting the Past Behind—An ex-prisoner that needs to “move-on”
- Letting Go—The individual who wanted their beloved to RIP on their arm really need to be at peace and let go by not seeing the reminder every day.
The Bad News
On the pain scale, tattoo removal is about 100 times worse than the inking. However, it is important to not scare your client.
Here are two great ways to assist your client through this process.
- You offer injectable or topical numbing options. There will be a charge for this application due to the cost for nurse and medications.
- Ice Rollers are extremely helpful and actually preferred. This instrument is a simple roller with a thin sheet of metal that is kept in the freezer. Right before the treatment is starting you roll this instrument over the area while applying firm pressure. This method is most preferred—even over numbing—from my clients.
Listen but don’t Pry
I always make sure to stay away from the questions of “why” they are having this removed and focus more on making sure the client’s day to day life will not be disturbed. That means preparing the client for the best aftercare process possible.
The tattoo removal procedure can take up to a year or more to achieve success—and there are never any guarantees of 100% fade. If treated properly, and the client medical history indicates they are a good candidate, there should be a successful treatment without scarring. The treatments are typically provided every 6-8 weeks.
Tattoo removal is carried out by your lymphatic system
The laser targets the ink, hits it at the epidermal level, fragments the tattoo ink, then forces your cells to begin the process of detoxification thru your lymphatic system. This process can take up to 2 weeks.
Drinking plenty of water, exercising, and healthy eating will contribute toward keeping the body’s system as clean as possible. There will be high points and low points. There may be “wow” moments followed by treatments that make you feel like you’re at a standstill. This is very common.
Your tissue has many layers
The laser targets the ink layer by layer. However, the ink is not placed evenly on your skin… some areas may have been heavier handed than others. So you will see these differences during this process.
It is important that you stay committed and very patient—tattoo removal takes time.
Most importantly, follow the careful instructions given from your provider.