Beautify Enhance Renew
The tattoo industry has experienced a resurgence in popularity over recent decades. However, as the number of tattooed individuals increases, so does the number of individuals who regret the elaborate marks on their arms, legs, and backs. Laser tattoo removal offers minimally invasive relief for patients desiring to erase the evidence of previous decisions they may regret now. Laser tattoo removal has transformed the way tattoos are removed; they are now able to target even the most colorful of tattoos with less discomfort, scarring, and side effects. Tattoos are often described as a permanent expression of a temporary feeling, and for the men and women who agree with that statement, tattoo removal allows them to say goodbye to their ink.
Benefits of Tattoo Removal
Tattoo removal can aid patients who feel as though their tattoos:
- Are limiting their employment opportunities
- No longer represent them
- Have changed due to weight fluctuations
- Are not of a high artistic standard
Tattoo Removal Candidates
While laser tattoo removal can target and reduce almost every color of ink, black and blue pigments tend to react best to the treatment. Candidates for this procedure should be in good general health and have realistic expectations of their results. Depending on the color, size, and placement of the tattoo, candidates should understand that their tattoo may never become completely invisible; however, it will be significantly lightened and improved.
Unlike previous, more invasive techniques, lasers remove unwanted tattoos by breaking up the pigment colors with a beam of high-intensity light. Before your treatment, a topical anesthetic cream may be applied to aid in your comfort. During the procedure, the laser delivers light to the topmost layers of your skin. The light is only absorbed by the areas that contain tattoo pigment, leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Tattoo removal requires multiple treatment sessions spaced one month apart. The number of sessions needed will depend on the color, size, and age of the tattoo as well as your skin tone and the depth of the ink.
Recovery and Results
Following your session, you may experience swelling and skin discoloration. This is normal and will fade over the following days. An ice pack and antibiotic creams or ointments are recommended to sooth the treated area. During the treatment, be sure to keep the area covered and protected from the sun to prevent further skin discoloration.
Potential Side Effects of Tattoo Removal
While lasers provide the safest means of tattoo removal, there is still the possibility of infection, hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, and scarring. Be sure to follow all of the post-treatment instructions to reduce these risks.