Approximately 30 percent of Australians have tattoos. Many more in Australia are planning to get one. There are no signs of the trend abating any time soon. In fact, tattoos remain on the increase. The quality of artwork is often astoundingly realistic, and parlours have lost their reputation as seedy dens of vice in the backstreets of criminal gangland. Modern regulations, training, and hygienic premises have all combined to lift the reputation of tattoo parlours to that of any other suburban clinical practice.
However, tattoos are still considered permanent body art, and ease of acquisition is no excuse for not doing your homework beforehand. A little advance planning will go a long way to achieving the desired result. In other words, think before you ink. Body art can be a life affirming expression of individuality, but underneath the art the body will continue its regular functions. One area that needs to be addressed before getting a tattoo is body hair. When getting a tattoo on an area that is prone to hair growth, it is advisable to do something about the hair first.
A lamentable, and all too often occurrence is that of a patient, post tattoo, deciding to get laser hair removal over the tattoo area. Unfortunately, this can diminish the tattoo quality, as the laser will react with tattoo ink, affecting pigmentation of the skin, or even fading and removing the tattoo. Many laser hair removalists will refuse to perform the procedure. Therefore, if you don’t want your new dragon tattoo to look like a giant moth just landed on your back, it is advisable to have laser hair removal done before getting the body art.
Nobody intends to get a spectacular tattoo, only to have it obscured by hair. It is one thing to have a lion tattoo, but another for real whiskers to appear. Along with the popular rise of tattoos, we are also seeing an increase in tattoo regret. Many times the decision to get inked arises spontaneously during a night on the town, a whim to go along with mates, or peer group pressure. A tattoo can have lasting effects, not only on appearance, but also regarding job opportunities and relationships. It is a commitment to be taken seriously.
The beauty of laser hair removal is that after several repeat sessions the hair is permanently removed, unlike inferior results obtained by using creams or shaving. And it is convenient. A laser hair removal session with a qualified specialist will take between 30 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on area to be covered, and there is no recovery time required. It can even be conveniently performed during a working day lunch break.
If getting a tattoo on an area where you normally shave often, laser hair removal is still the best approach. Shaving will give you smooth legs, for example, but will not remove the unsightly hair follicles protruding like dark bubbles on the skin, lessening the effect of the artwork. Laser treatments target the hair follicles, meaning active hair re-growth is diminished progressively with each treatment, resulting in smooth skin; a perfect canvas for a worthy work of art.
In fact tattoo parlours and laser hair removal clinics go hand in hand. Establishments in Australia provide world standard procedures in both fields. Qualified specialists in FDA approved clinics are available to answer all questions regarding laser hair removal prior to getting a tattoo. It is no longer acceptable to lurch into a tattoo parlour in an intoxicated spur of the moment, only to regret ones wayward foolishness for years to come. Tattoo artists in Australia are proud of their work, some of them academically qualified in fine arts. It is only fair that we give them the best possible surface to work with.