Military Tattoo Regulations

So you have made up your mind and have decided to serve your country and join the military, but the recruiter gives you some devastating news-your tattoo is preventing you from enlisting. Not to worry, you can still get the opportunity to serve, it is just going to take longer before you can enlist. Depending on what branch of service they you wish to join, your tattoos will be evaluated based on content, location of the tattoo and how many tattoos that you have.

Offensive Content- All five military branches have regulations based on the tattoos content. Tattoos deemed offensive based on gangs, violence, drugs or sex will not be accepted. The same applies for any tattoo that discriminates against race, sex, or religion.

Body Placement

Navy: The Navy allows multiple visible large tattoos on the arms and legs, they just can not be visible through dress whites. Tattoos are allowed on the hands, and you can have one tattoo on the neck as long as it is not larger than one inch. No tattoos on the face, scalp, or forehead.

ARMY: No tattoos allowed on the face, head, neck, or hands. Additionally, no tattoos in the mouth, ears, or eyelids.

Marines: No tattoos on the face, head, neck, or anywhere above the collarbone. Hands must be tattoo free except for a single tattoo on one finger no wider that 3/8 of an inch. No tattoos larger than your hand, and arm tattoos must be two inches below the elbow or one inch above the elbow. Half and full sleeves are not allowed. Tattoos on the legs can not be placed two above or below the knees.

Air Force: The Air Force will not allow anymore than twenty five percent of the exposed skin in any uniform to be covered with tattoos, and no tattoos are allowed on the face, neck, head, or scalp.

Coast Guard: No tattoos on the neck, head, face, and hands. Tattoos on the arms and legs is limited to twenty five percent based on a visual inspection.

North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal supports our military and your decision to serve. We offer military discounts and will work with you and your recruiter to get your tattoo removed to be compliant.

How long will it take before I see my tattoo fade?

How quickly that you notice results from laser tattoo removal varies greatly from person to person. Tattoos fade at varying rates due to a number of factors from the color of the inks to the customers immune system and many other reasons. In this day of instant gratification and same day amazon deliveries; laser tattoo removal can be frustrating due to the length of time that it takes.

In Most cases , fading can be seen within a few weeks after the first laser session. However, with very dense, high quality inks the initial fading can be minimal and often not noticed until compared to your “before” picture.

These slow to fade tattoos will begin to fade dramatically after a few sessions, and often friends and family even start to notice that your tattoo is starting to fade away. The customer in this photo had a co-worker tell her that she needed to get her tattoo touched up! Be patient, give it time, and you will eventually see results.

Getting Ready for Tattoo Removal

So the big day has arrived, you are about to begin the journey of laser tattoo removal. Here are a few tips to help things go smooth as possible:

  • Stay out of the sun– If you are a sun worshiper give your skin a break from tanning for a couple of weeks. If your skin is sunburned we will not be able to begin until your skin has healed.
  • Avoid topical creams and cosmetics– Do not use lotion, concealers, perfumes, etc. on the area of the tattoo. Make sure the area is freshly shaved and washed.
  • Wear comfortable clothes- Especially around the area where your tattoo is located. Tight clothing can increase swelling and cause discomfort afterwards.
  • No Ibuprofen or Aspirin- Ibuprofen(Advil) and Aspirin can thin the blood thereby increasing the chances of bruising and pin-point bleeding in the area being treated. If you prefer, Tylenol can be taken before and after your session.
  • Eat a Hershey Bar! Studies show, and my customers can attest that eating a Hershey’s bar on the way to your appointment helps with the pain of laser tattoo removal. Cacao, the ingredient in chocolate increases your endorphin and serotonin levels. Plus, it tastes good!

Six Facts You Might Have Not Known About Laser Tattoo Removal

  1. The laser does not remove the ink. Yup! This surprises most of our clients, your body removes the ink. The laser breaks up the ink into small particles that expedites the process of removal. After treating the tattoo with the laser your body’s immune system takes over to remove the ink.
  2. Your circulation can hinder or help fading. Movement of the lymphatic system is governed by our muscles. The more that you pump your muscles, the better your lymph flow will be. The lymphatic fluid eventually ends up in your blood stream. So, the better the circulation the better the fade. Get to the gym, ride a bike, or go jump on the trampoline with your kids.
  3. Liver Health Helps. The ink particles eventually end up in the liver before it is excreted out through your excretions, urine, and sweat. Drink more water, cut back on the booze, detoxifying supplements have shown to help as well. Milk Thistle is a great liver detoxifier and can be found at most health food stores.
  4. Location of your tattoo. Remember it is all about circulation, so the closer to your heart the better. Tattoos on the extremities especially the foot and ankle can take longer to remove.
  5. Experience of your laser technician. Experience and quality training along with a high quality laser means no scarring and better fading. Ask questions about your technicians background and experience. Do not go with the technician of the week who was hired from a craigslist ad.
  6. FADING WILL OCCUR IN BETWEEN SESSIONS. Wait a couple of months in between sessions, especially with larger tattoos. Your body will continue to eliminate these products over time. Our staff at North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal will recommend a timeframe for you to resume treatments.

Immune boosting foods to speed up tattoo removal

Honey Lemon Ginger Tea

Do you want more effective tattoo removal? While our laser is fantastic at breaking up ink particles, your immune system is the work horse that gets rids of that unwanted ink. Here are some immune boosting ingredients that you can incorporate into your diet to increase your health and move that ink.

Vitamin C

Taking vitamin C for a cold is probably not new to you. It protects cells, assists with healing, increases collagen production and helps maintain the liver. Squeeze some lemon juice in warm water in the morning for an extra shot of vitamin c to get your day going.

Ginger

Ginger has wonderful antibacterial and antiviral properties, it is also anti fungal and anti parasitic. Basically, ginger is great for getting rid of nasty things that can wreak havoc in the body.

Raw Honey

Raw honey is antioxidant powerhouse which help the body in blocking free radicals in the body that cause disease. It also boosts the immune system acting as a preventative against any number of diseases. Raw honey also contains polyphenols that are also antioxidants that can reduce the chances of heart disease and cancer.

Here is a recipe for a immune boosting tea that also tastes great-

Ginger Lemon Honey Tea

1″ of fresh ginger root, 1 cup of boiling water, 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of raw honey.

-Grate the the ginger (no need to peel) into a mug

-Pour the boiling water over the ginger and let it steep for 3 minutes, then strain to remove the ginger.

-Add honey and lemon juice, stir well to dissolve the honey.

Can I get a Tattoo removed from my face?

While tattoos have become widely accepted in today’s society, they can still have a negative stigma associated with them.  They can make it harder to find a job, get a promotion, or even finding that significant other.  Having an unwanted tattoo that you can hide with a jacket or long sleeve shirt is nothing compared to having a tattoo on your face or neck.  So unless you are Post Malone or Mike Tyson, these facial or neck tattoos can present a challenge in your professional and personal life.

 

If your tattoo is close to your eye you will need to come in for a consultation so that we can verify that our eye shields will cover your eyes so your tattoo can safely be removed.   Lasers and eyeballs do not get along together.

Getting Tattoos Versus Laser Tattoo Removal

Ever since ancient times, tribes have been piercing each other’s skin with ink to construct what we know now to be tattoos. They have been popular for quite some time now, although previously not in mainstream society. Nowadays, tattoos are a very common thing. People from all walks of life have gotten tattoos for various reasons- both meaningful and not. It has become quite a popular way for expressing one’s ideals, beliefs, traditions, sense of self, etc. But why?

Could it be that mainstream society has created a norm? A norm of inking one’s body? Perhaps one can say that this is true. But, if that many people are getting tattoos and considering it to be a societal norm, aren’t there just as many people that don’t agree that is it a “norm”? There must be. Those are the people who are against getting tattoos in general and the people who’ve gotten them and have realized that they regret it. Tattoos are no longer a thing of permanence. This is the future. It is no longer ancient tribal times. We now have things such as laser tattoo removal to make our lives easier; to make our lives more uncomplicated.

 

 

 

Tattoos are becoming less of a mainstream idea as conservatism returns to society at large. This conservatism comes from political parties, religion, and old traditions resurfacing, etc. Not getting them or getting them removed is becoming more and more popular as time goes on.

Tattoos are not acceptable in certain aspects of society such as the workplace, church, etc. Also, many people find that they regret the tattoos that they’ve gotten when they were young and naive and wish to get them removed. Therefore, laser tattoo removal has become more and more desirable. You can erase mistakes, fit into society better, and start over fresh.

  
 
 
 

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

Most people have heard so many stories about getting their tattoos removed.  It is really not that bad and some people hardly feel anything, some have a pretty intense sensation.  Multiple factors; Location of tattoo i.e. thin skin, area where a lot of sensory nerves are.  Amount of ink in tattoo. Most important-your pain tolerance

Most people describe it like a strong rubber band snap,, but quickly goes away.  Remember we have the zimmer cryo unit which shoots super cold air over the area that is being treated.

AFTER Treatment-feels like a sunburn, they can have some swelling, pin point bleeding, and occasionally a blister.   This is all normal.

 
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