We all make mistakes – some are trivial, others are permanently marked on our skin. Or are they? Tattoo removal is an option for people who regret having a certain part of their body inked or are dissatisfied with the outcome of a given tattoo.
There are a lot of things to consider before undergoing such a procedure, however. The high costs and potential health risks make many customers apprehensive about using laser removal to purge undesired tattoos from their skin. We are here to help you make an informed decision when it comes to finding the ideal tattoo removal expert. Below we highlight the various vital things that you need to consider when looking for one.
How do I compare tattoo removal specialists?
There is a vast range of quality and cost when it comes to tattoo removal parlors and clinics. This is determined by multiple variables. The obvious one is the equipment; at a shady parlor located in a back alley, you are unlikely to encounter a state-of-the-art tattoo removal laser with the capacity to immaculately and painlessly delete your ink in one session. If you want guaranteed quality, opt for a well-equipped tattoo removal clinic instead.
There’s also the question of professional training. There are various ways a tattoo artist can be trained, and there is a tremendous difference in quality based on how the person acquired their vocation. You can usually deduce their proficiency based on the price, but this is not always the case. Ideally, you could research information about a particular tattoo removal specialist online via reviews or by asking customers who had used their service in the past. However, the most effective method is probably the simplest: ask for a portfolio.
Portfolio: Before and After
The most straightforward way to ensure that your tattoo will be properly removed is by perusing the specialist’s portfolio. The portfolio should, in theory, show the so called “before and after” pictures of customers who have had their tattoos removed in the parlor/clinic. Examine these closely!
Red flag number one
They do not have one. If they are not willing to display their portfolio or if they claim that they do not possess one, refuse them instantly. To know what you are paying for, you should see what you are going to get.
Red flag number two
Their portfolio contains fewer than a dozen photographs. Cunning tattoo removal “specialists” will cherry-pick successful procedures while concealing those that went wrong. Accept offers only if the parlor/clinic provides you with ample photographic evidence of successful removals.
If you are not well-versed in the world of tattoos, ask an experienced friend or acquaintance to evaluate the quality of the removals based on the portfolio you are given.
Have a conversation
The final way to determine a specialist’s ability to do a good job is simply by talking to them. No, seriously — this advice may seem redundant, but is more important than you think. There are a plethora of different ways these procedures can look like. It is vital for you to make an inquiry about the following: the number of treatments required to fully eradicate the tattoo, the levels of pain and skin damage that may occur from the laser, how to care for your skin post-treatment, etc.
By having an insightful chat with your potential tattoo removal specialist, you are bound to save yourself a great deal of pain, money, and worry.