Okay, so you were a wild child teenager. You loved to live on the edge and truly express who you were. Naturally, you got a tattoo to forever seal your cool factor and free spirited personality. Unfortunately, you were incredibly young and didn’t think of how a Smurf riding a rainbow unicorn would look when you were in your 60’s…or hell, even your 30’s. Who’s going to take a 30 something hungry lawyer seriously with that tattoo coming down your arm. Forget wearing anything without sleeves or not constantly wearing a 3 piece suit. Luckily for you, there’s now a little something called laser tattoo removal.
This month, we’ll feature a new series taking a look deeper into tattoos, what they are, how you get rid of them, and the whole process that’s involved. So without further interruption, I give you our next feature.
What is a tattoo anyway?
Tattoos are permanent markings in the skin, done by way of ink and needles. Tattoo artists insert ink into the dermal layer through ruptures in the top layer of your skin. They use a machine that works somewhat like a sewing machine. The machine powers the needle up and down rapidly between 50 and 3,000 times per minute. It penetrates the skin by about one millimeter and deposits a drop of insoluble ink into the skin. The wound then scabs over and the skin heals and shows the design through the skin.
When you look at a person’s tattoo, you’re seeing the ink through the epidermis, or the outer layer of skin. The ink is actually in the dermis, which is the second layer of the skin. The cells of the dermis are far more stable than the cells of the epidermis, so the tattoo’s ink will stay in place, with minor fading and dispersion, for a person’s entire life.
Later this week we will take a further look into whether or not all tattoos can be removed. As always, any questions or comments that you might have, direct them to the comment section below! We’ll see you Friday!