Please take note that the before and after photos of laser tattoo removal are important! So do make a point of asking your provider for before and after photos prior to treatment.
Plainly put, before and after photos will provide hard evidence that a tattoo removal procedure will work. More importantly, it will prove that the person providing the service has the necessary skills to achieve a satisfactory tattoo removal.
Two types of before and after photos
Be aware that there are two types of before and after photos: those from the manufacturer and those from the clinic.
A manufacturer photo will provide proof that the laser system is capable of removing a tattoo in the hands of an experienced operator.
But the acid test is to review the clinic’s before and after photos. Sadly, there are cases of clinics equipped with medical grade laser systems that cause irreparable damage to a client’s skin because of inexperienced laser operators.
The clinic’s before and after photos will provide concrete evidence that the operator has the experience, technique and equipment to achieve good results.
Do your homework
Even though you might do your homework by reviewing provider websites, many clinics use manufacturer before and after photos on their websites. So, be aware of the fact that such photos aren’t a realistic expectation of what the clinic can achieve.
If you don’t have the time to visit clinics to view their in-house before and after photos, contact them by email. Ask to see actual results of what their laser operators have achieved with tattoo removal. This is the only way you’d be able to make an informed decision about which clinic to choose for your tattoo removal procedure.
Reasons why clinics may not use their own photos
There are a number of reasons why clinics might not have their own photos of results, or only have photos of partial tattoo removals. These are:
- They might be new in the game, as tattoo removal results typically take 12-24 months
- They don’t have a suitable laser system for tattoo removal
- They don’t have the necessary tattoo removal experience
Lasermed offers a free consultation to clients. Plus, clients are welcome to look through our portfolio of before and after photos. This will ensure that clients have realistic expectations when embarking on their tattoo removal journey.
Without a doubt, lasers are the only instruments that can safely and effectively remove a tattoo without scarring or permanent damage. And we have the Q-switched ND:Yag laser, which is one of the best for tattoo removal.
So, to reiterate: the before and after photos of laser tattoo removal are important.