If you have read the ‘About’ page, you would have already been warned that this site is very conflicting – on one hand, I am a tattoo fan (am still one today) but on the other hand, you will see me blogging about tattoo removal in Singapore. On the latter, which forms the basis of this post, I am an advocate that nothing needs to be permanent. Just because you had a tattoo and you got it removed don’t make you a loser, flicker minded person or or any bit less a fan.
In other parts of your life, when you ruined a new hairdo, a dress or more permanent life choices like your career or partner, do you not get them removed too? Where’s the shame in eliminating something and moving forward from there? Well, tattoo works in the same way too!
Living in Singapore, with all the high-tech facilities and highly skilled and sought after doctors specialising in the removal of tattoo, my love-hate relationship with tattoo goes like this:
Years after I’ve left school, I couldn’t leave behind one piece of it: a blue heart-shaped tattoo on my leg which was done on impulse.
Back in 2008, after a laser treatment every month for a year, the tattoo looked more like a bruise. It looked worse than it did as a tattoo. And because the tattoo was in blue, but yet turning black with all those treatments, my friends started calling that spot ‘blue black’ which in Singapore means a very bad bruise.
I had resigned myself to covering the tattoo with a new piece when thank God, a new kind of laser treatment was introduced and reported to be highly effective with the so-called recalcitrant tattoos. After only 8 treatments in this sunny island Singapore, the tattoo was gone!!!
The skin in the area where the tattoo used to reside looks a bit lighter. It was in part due to my obsessive use of sunscreen in the area. (Tattoos can’t be exposed to the sun while they’re being treated.) But if I showed you I had a tattoo here, you would not have believed me.
The new laser treatment is called a ‘picosecond’ because it fires super rapid pulses at a trillionth of a second, working the same way lasers did, which is to break down the ink so that the body can absorb it.
Many people call this the first major advancement in tattoo removal in 19 years. This is because, compared to the past laser treatment, which worked merely in billionths of seconds, doctors say the picosecond now both cuts treatment time by 50% and can remove colours like reds, blues and greens that in the past will not change a single bit in shade. A research published in the journal Dermatology showed that 75% of tattoos with blue and green ink nearly disappeared after one or two treatments with a picosecond laser! Incredible! Already people are crying for an even faster laser so that more pigment can be removed and removed faster. But that’s for another blog post.
So there you have it. My journey with tattoo removal in Singapore! I will be sharing more personal stories, objective clinic and tattoo artist recommendations and the art of putting ink on skin. Hope you’ve enjoyed and learned something from this. Thank you for reading!