R20 Laser Tattoo Removal

A colourful tattoo can probably attract a lot of attention on the street. Yet when it comes to tattoo removal you will need pay a lot of attention in the removal. We have mentioned previously in the Factors Determining the Success of Tattoo Removal that the colour of tattoo is an crucial contributing factor for a successful tat removal. The reason is that different colours of ink absorb different wavelengths of light. It is not difficult to imagine how many different wavelengths of light are needed to remove the sexy tattoo below. Are you thinking about a tattoo removal but are afraid of the long treatments for up to as long as a year? Journal of American Academy Dermatology back in Feb 2012 revealed that new research might bring about a breakthrough in tattoo removal which can significantly reduce the time for the lengthy sessions. In this post, we will write about those new research, including the introduction of the R20 method.

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A colourful tattoo is very difficult to be removed


New technique on laser treatments

Dermatologists are finding ways to enhanced traditional laser tattoo removal method so that it become safer and more effective, according to Dr. Arielle Kauvar, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. Even though removing all tattoo colours remain difficult, the new enhancements appear to remove tattoos more effectively with fewer treatment sessions.

One of the new studies, which is called the “R20 method”, attempted to treat a tattoo four times a day with Q-switched YAG laser instead of one single treatment. Each treatment are separate by 20 minutes to allow time for the dissipation of tiny whitening bubbles produced during each session. This method shows a faster removal of the inks without having extra side effects on the tattoo. Another research uses fractional ablative laser together with traditional laser and has half of the tattoo ink removed just in one single session. One more study conducted by Dr. Kauvar is looking into treating a tattoo twice a day with a number of different laser wavelengths to remove different colours. This study has shown increase in effectiveness in getting rid of blue, green, and black colours.


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R-20 laser tattoo removal before and after

The researches are still at the baby stage but the findings could potentially eliminate the extremely long time needed for a laser tattoo removal. It comes to no surprise that this could bring about savings on cost of having a tat removed, as well as reduce the pain a patient has to suffer. The healing period will also be shortened and the cost of after-care will also be smaller. Those who used to be scared of having a tattoo removal due to time or financial concerns can now re-consider about changing their decisions.

Can those new methods shorten the whole tattoo removal process from as long as years down to months? Time will tell and we will continue to provide you with the most up-to-date information.


Study Finds That You Will Most Likely Regret Your Tattoo

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The end of history illusion is an occurrence where people misjudge their future selves.

Psychologists have conducted a study on people’s self-perceptions. They have found that when we remember our past selves we seem quite different but when we estimate how much our personalities will change in the future we expect it ourselves to stay the same. This is called the “end of history illusion”. According to the study, with a sample size of more than 19,000 people ages from 18 to 69, the illusion occurs from teenage years all the way into retirement. The findings of the study were published in the journal Science.


Daniel T. Gilbert, a psychologist at Harvard who is one of the authors of this study says, “Middle-aged people — like me — often look back on our teenage selves with some mixture of amusement and chagrin. What we never seem to realize is that our future selves will look back and think the very same thing about us. At every age we think we’re having the last laugh, and at every age we’re wrong.”


A survey was given to the participants relating to their personality traits and preferences including their favorite food, vacations, hobbies and bands in relation to their past and present and then asked to make predictions of their future preferences. What the study found was that a 20-year old woman’s prediction of her various interests for the next ten years were not as radical or extreme as a 30-year old woman’s recollection of her past self ten years ago. This finding is consistently found in participants all the way up to 60 years old. One might argue that this finding is due to faulty memories but other independent studies find that personality traits do shift with age.  The findings seem substantiated.

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The end of history illusion affects all people including people with tattoos and may affect their decisions for tattoo removal in the future.


So why is it that this “end of history illusion” occur? Dr. Gilbert, Jordi Quoidbach of Harvard University and Timothy D. Wilson from University of Virginia theorize that people tend to overestimate their own wonderfulness. One explanation of this occurrence by Dr. Quoidbach has said, “Believing that we just reached the peak of our personal evolution makes us feel good. The ‘I wish that I knew then what I know now’ experience might give us a sense of satisfaction and meaning, whereas realizing how transient our preferences and values are might lead us to doubt every decision and generate anxiety.”


Another explanation put forth by the authors is that predicting the future requires more mental energy and work compared to recalling memories from the past. In people’s minds, they may be confusing the difficulty of trying to think of their own personality changes with the unlikelihood of change.


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It is difficult for people to imagine their future selves. Tattoo removal in the future will also be hard to imagine in people with tattoos.


In one of the experiments, the researchers asked participants to tell them how much they were willing to spend on a concert of their favorite bands ten years ago. The average was $80 to see a band they liked ten years ago today. Whereas when asked how much they were willing to spend to see a concert of their favorite band now in ten years time, they would be willing to spend an average of $129. Participants often realize that their previous favorite bands have lost some of their appeal. People confusedly believe that their favorite bands now will still be extremely popular and appealing forever.


In similar experiments, Dan P. McAdams, a psychologist a Northwestern University also believe that people generally have a poor imagination for their own personal future. He has conducted research in collecting stories where participants constructed from their past and future lives. He has found that oftentimes, the stories in the past are complex and dynamic but when to imagine a future the stories become vague and prosaic.


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Most participants in the study have significantly changed their minds about their youth and tattoo removal options.


So what does this mean for people who choose to get tattoos? It means that in the present moment, getting a tattoo of your favorite band’s name across your arm or your lovers name on your bum seems like a really good idea and that any perception of future change will not cross your mind. However, in these studies, people often make false assumptions and expectations of the future. People will change. In many cases, like celebrities with tattoos, it may seem sexy and alluring for Cheryl Cole to have a double rose tattoo or Megan Fox to have quote along her rib cage but when they’re sixty or seventy years old and their tattoo is misshapen and losing it’s color, will they think that it was a foolish and young decision? Only time will tell.

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