Tattoos have been used for centuries to mark a rite of passage, a special relationship, or another important moment in a person’s life. Today, body art continues to grow in popularity. Yet, all too often, clients discover that they regret their ink. While makeup will work as a temporary cover-up, some people want a tattoo removal solution that is as permanent as the tattoo itself.
What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal is a high-tech, permanent solution to unwanted tattoos. While some people think that this system burns away tattoos, it is much more sophisticated. By aiming laser light at the correct frequency, the laser breaks up the individual ink particles under the skin. Once broken into smaller particles, the body’s natural immune system can remove them from the site. As the ink is removed, the tattoo begins to fade.
How Long Does Laser Tattoo Removal Take?
The length of treatment depends on several factors including:
- The size of the tattoo
- The age of the tattoo
- The colors used
- The complexity of the tattoo
Multiple treatments are necessary in order to obtain optimal results. The amount of treatments varies per person and is determined at the time of your consultation.
Does Laser Tattoo Removal Damage the Skin?
The tattoo removal process will temporarily irritate the skin. You may experience some discomfort however, we can prescribe a topical anesthetic to minimize this. After the procedure, patients may experience some common side effects. These include pain, swelling, redness, and blistering. Over time, the skin will dry and scab. It is very important to avoid scratching or further irritating the site.
Immediately after the procedure, an ice pack will applied to the treated area to ease some of the irritation and reduce swelling. Over-the-counter pain medication may also be used to help with any discomfort.
Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation to learn if laser tattoo removal is right for you.