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What is ghosting? Hint: It’s not related to your love life.

What is ghosting? Hint: It’s not related to your love life.

It is not about getting a cute or scary ghost tattoo, either, and we will get to what the term refers to in just a second.

First off, do you know that up to 78% of people experience tattoo regret? Getting a tattoo, especially your first one, can be an exciting moment, indeed. However, amid that euphoria, decisions for the tattoo design or artist were likely made in haste. In other cases, the passing of time brings forth a change of a different or more mature mindset. Some individuals look back on their lives and question their life choices.

Can you relate to either scenario? We are not judging. We have been there ourselves, too. Our own experiences have taught us that we trudge through life in varying phases, and we can only make most of our decisions as best we can at the time, place, and mentality presented to us right then and there. After a while, we become wiser, with far more interesting tales to share.

And that old tattoo you no longer identify with? You do not have to live with it for the rest of your life. Fortunately for all of us, some scars can heal and be erased. Some may still have fears and doubts about the process of ridding themselves of their body inks. The good news is that technology for tattoo removal has only gotten better through the decades. So, where does the term ghosting come in with all of this?

What is tattoo removal ghosting?

Ghosting, concerning tattoo removal, refers to the ghost-like imprint that gets left behind on the skin after a laser tattoo removal treatment. This phenomenon typically appears as transient hypopigmentation, or a white patch of skin, which generally resolves its own in most cases.

Others with once heavier inks, think of it as a faded mark or a shadow of your once vibrant tattoo. While it is no longer the design it was once was when you got it, the impression of it lingers on your skin like the remnants of an old flame that would not leave you in peace. Hence, the term “ghosting.”

But why does this even happen?

Why does tattoo removal ghosting happen?

As we grow and age, our skin grows and ages with us. This change is natural. But with getting tattoos, the skin inevitably changes as a result. Getting inked may often result in scarring and skin texture changes, which are potentially irreversible side effects that are often hidden underneath the pigments.

Getting a laser tattoo removal uncovers these changes, and so the patient is left with the “ghost” of their old tattoo after their treatment. This scenario is often the case with those who opted to tattoo over their old, undesirable ones before removing the old one. For those considering layering their old tattoo to cover it up, please be advised not to do this.

Consequently, the skin’s affected area has accumulated a large amount of ink (both from the old tattoo plus the new cover-up one), requiring more laser treatments than usual to remove all the pigments. However, some cases are not guaranteed to be completely ink-free after several sessions. Let us get into the details.

Throughout your laser removal treatments, the natural melanin pigment found on the skin is taken out with the exact mechanism of removing tattoo inks. Once your treatment is done or discontinued, your skin will naturally “re-pigment” or reproduce the lost melanin in the process.

But there is a risk for permanent hypopigmentation when many laser tattoo removal sessions are required to get rid of the tattoo. In other words, the fewer treatments you need, the fewer chances there are of you getting any unwanted side effects.

To mitigate the risks, choosing the clinic and professional for your sessions is of utmost importance. Their experience, certifications, and the equipment they use should give you an educated estimate of how well (or bad) your future treatment is going to work out. Doing a bit of homework will likely give you the results you seek.

What is the best laser tattoo removal equipment?

The best clinics and technicians only utilize the machinery with a revolutionary technology that offers the best results with little to no complications, done in record time with the least amount of discomfort to their patients.

The PicoWay laser is one of the best tattoo removal equipment on the market, intentionally designed to deliver high peak power for tattoo removal and fading. It clears more ink in fewer sessions with its picosecond pulse. This energy creates a powerful pressure wave that shatters ink and removes it from the body. The effect is called photomechanical impact, a leap over old-style Q-switched lasers that do no more than heat up the tattoo pigment in an attempt to destroy it.

The PicoWay laser is well-loved by both patients and experts alike as it decreases the risk of unwanted side effects such as permanent hypopigmentation and scarring. So if you are ready to say farewell to your tattoo, you can be sure its removal will be done safely and efficiently with the PicoWay.

Where is the best place to get laser tattoo removal?

For expert tattoo removal, there is nowhere else to go but Vanish Clinic. And you can bet that we have the advanced PicoWay laser technology in our arsenal to deliver quick and efficient tattoo removal (or fading for re-inking).

We offer this treatment with a flat fee pricing of $200, with a maximum of a 6” x 6” area of tattoo removal during any one treatment. This pricing can be a combination of multiple smaller tattoos or one more giant tattoo. We do this allotment to allow your body to heal in-between sessions properly. It saves you cash, too, a deal you will not easily find anywhere else!

Our trained laser technician and aesthetic nurse will ensure you get the best treatment possible. Contact us and book your free consultation today!

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Eva Weglinska
Eva Weglinska
Aug 09, 2022

So I removed my tatto with picoSure laser (3 sessions) however, the ghosting is there... is there any treatment that can remove this?

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