Nearly 30% of people in the U.S. have at least one tattoo. Almost half of all millennials have one. But not all of them are happy about their decision. As many as 25% of those with a tattoo say they regret getting it.If you’re in that 25%, there is good news. Laser tattoo removal techniques can get rid of your unwanted tattoo with minimal side effects.
You should first schedule a consultation with a trained professional who can evaluate your tattoo and advise you on the process. The number of treatments you will need will depend on the age, size, and color(s) of your tattoo. The color of your skin, as well as how deep the tattoo pigment goes, will also affect the removal technique.
How a Tattoo Removal Works
most cases tattoo removal is done by using the Yag Q switch laser, breaking up the pigment colors with a high-intensity light beam.
This is what
causes tattoos to fade over time. The Q laser accelerates the process
for the tattoo. The laser breaks up the particles in a tattoo. The
smaller particles are then naturally removed by the body. This process continues with each treatment.
tattoos are created equal. Some will come out easier than others will.
Tattoos that that were done using low quality ink will usually be
removed easier. A simple rule of thumb to keep in mind is that the
darker the tattoo is the easier it will be to be removed. Colors such as
red and pink will often time remain in the skin and cannot be removed.
Black or dark color tattoos are most likely to be removed by the Yag
Laser. It is important remember that everyone’s skin is different. A
black tattoo on one person might come out after just 4 or 5 treatments.
The same tattoo on someone else might take 8 or 10 treatments. It all
depends on how well that person’s body handles the process.
Laser tattoo removal consists of using a laser to break up the ink particles embedded under the skin that make up the tattoo. Not every tattoo can be removed, but when the laser process works it may leave no scar at all. Laser treatment doesn't always cause bleeding but it may take several painful sessions to remove the tattoo. Side effects can include second degree burns, blisters and swelling. Infection are possible and although it is rare, scarring may result.
- You’ll be given a pair of protective eye shields.
- The technician will test your skin's reaction to the laser to determine the most effective energy for treatment.
- The technician uses the laser to pass pulses of intense light through the top layers of your skin that will be absorbed by the tattoo pigment only.
Smaller tattoos will require fewer pulses while larger ones will need more to remove them. In either case, to completely get rid of a tattoo, it will take several treatments. After each visit, your tattoo should become progressively lighter.
Laser tattoo removal
is uncomfortable, but most patients don’t need anesthesia. Depending on the location of your tattoo, you may want to apply a topical anesthesia cream beforehand.
Immediately following the treatment, use an ice pack to soothe the treated area. And apply an antibiotic cream or ointment and bandage to protect it. You should also be sure it’s covered with sunblock when you’re outside.
If you have any questions please call Sharon Clark 910-545-0955