Tattoos have slowly entered the realm of being the “norm” these days. Just a few years ago, tattoos were looked down upon for the most part. The general public would often tie tattoos in with not being educated or respecting the human body. However, even though we have entered into an era where tattoos are far more accepted than they used to be, there are still people who just feel like they shouldn’t have gotten one. If you are reading this and think to yourself, “That sounds like me” then it’s important to realize what options are available out there for you. It’s time to stop staring at the mirror every day wishing that your tattoo wasn’t there; it’s time to stop applying tattoo cover-up every day just so that you can go to work. It’s time to start seriously considering laser tattoo removal.
It’s important to recognize that you have two options if you’re looking into getting this service:
1) Choosing a clinic that has certified laser technicians
2) Hiring a plastic surgeon that also offers tattoo removal.
These two options may seem like they are on completely different sides of the spectrum, and they are. The only relation they have is they will accomplish the same thing. However, the results, price, and care are going to be far different from one another.
If you are on a budget, then looking into plastic surgeons in your area is not going to be an option. Plastic surgeons charge more because of their credentials. Usually, they are board certified and have an excellent reputation in the industry, so you will have to pay up for that. On the contrary, your results and level of care will far exceed anything you will get elsewhere. It comes down to the old saying, “you get what you pay for.” That is not to say that certified techs won’t do a good job, but we must make it clear that you are going to get better results and better post-care with a plastic surgeon.
Please do keep in mind, we are not telling anyone to avoid clinics with certified laser technicians. They exist for a reason; people use them, and they get good results. Laser technicians still need to get the proper training and education to provide this type of service. However, the comparison we are trying to make is that a plastic surgeon will have far more experience and knowledge in the field of cosmetics than a laser technician. It comes down to questions that you must answer to make your decision:
1) Do you feel comfortable with someone treating your skin without a doctor degree?
2) Do you feel comfortable knowing there isn’t an MD present to help you with the healing process?
3) Finally, do you feel comfortable understanding that the techniques used might not produce the results you’re looking for?
If you answered yes to the three questions above, then you should have no second thoughts about visiting the local tattoo removal clinic near you. If you hesitated at all during your answer, then you will need to do more research before making a decision.
To help you, we have composed a pros and cons list of each option available
Tattoo Removal via Plastic Surgeon:
Highest level of care
Results that are backed by a guarantee
Care is given by a person who is an expert at enhancing beauty
Experience in the industry
Tattoo Removal via Certified Technician:
Uses Same Equipment
Qualified & Certified
Low-End Level of Care
Results are not guaranteed
Results may not be as good
As you can see, each option has it benefits, and it’s downsides. The best thing to do is check out some before and after images from each particular location. The most popular laser tattoo removal from a plastic surgeon is running by Dr. Khorsandi. He has a selection of photos that you can see here. You can also see a full slideshow in the video below:
By watching this video and viewing the before and after images you can recognize how amazing the results are. Here are some photo’s from a certified clinic that you can see below:
We hope we have shed some light on this topic and it can help you with your decision. Should you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will help you.