Sunday, November 4, 2012

Some Tattoos Are Just Taboo

So why did you even get a tattoo to begin with? This is likely a question you've heard from many of your friends, colleagues, co-workers and most likely your parents as well. In many cases, people are very proud of their tattoos. After all, not everyone gets a tattoo in haste. Many of them have very significant and symbolic meanings.

A close friend of mine named Alex got a tattoo to commemorate his mother's life just last year. After she passed away following a long battle with cancer, Alex thought that a tattoo was a heartfelt and appropriate way to honour her. The tattoo, which appears on his forearm includes his mother's signature, in her very own writing.

Tattoos like these are often the ones that can last lifetimes without getting any strange looks. Alex himself admits that he had the idea of getting a portrait of his mother on his upper arm but thought better of the decision. He reminded himself that when he gets a lot older, the tattoo may not look as good as it once did on his now-young-and-supple skin.

Not everyone is like Alex, however. Many people get tattoos as fashion statements with no real sentimental value attached. These types of tattoos, especially the more extravagant ones, are the kind that often get removed after some time. And the reasons are plentiful. Not only do they not suit the look of aging skin, but some tattoos are simply seen as taboos.

My friend Beatrice knows exactly what I mean. The snake tattoo that begins on her left shoulder and runs halfway down her arm is an animal she'd certainly like to get off of her back. Admitting that she was practically obsessed with snakes as a teenager, the current school teacher wishes that she had thought better of the decision to tattoo one on her body. Clearly, the fashion statement does not suit her profession.

Beatrice even recalls how excruciating the pain was when she got the tattoo. She recalls a particular stretch of moments when the needle was embedding ink in an area near her shoulder blade that was extremely uncomfortable. Luckily for her, and people like her, there is a much less agonizing way to remove tattoos.

Laser Tattoo Removal sessions are generally no more than five to ten minutes long. Patients, however, are generally asked to arrive for treatment two hours early in order to have an anesthetic cream applied in order to minimize discomfort. This is a recommended part of the procedure, however, it is not mandatory.

A Q-Switch Laser is used to damage pigmented skin so that the body can work to naturally remove it. For maximum results, anywhere between four and eight sessions is recommended. For more information on the Q-Switch Laser and its ability to remove your unwanted tattoos, be sure to contact your local expert laser physician.

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