Tatto RemovalIf you no longer want to live with a tattoo, then this is a great news. Laser treatment makes tattoos almost invisible without the level of discomfort of traditional methods. Over a course of just a few treatments, your tattoo will gradually disappear.

How do Lasers Remove Tattoos?

The laser treatment involves delivering intense pulses of light from the laser into the skin with absorption by the tattoo pigment which is fragmented. This can generally be accomplished in a matter of minutes. The treatment will leave the skin mildly red and may result in pin point bleeding or blistering. One may notice a temporary whitening of the tattoo and swelling of the skin in the region. Over the next few weeks, the body’s scavenger cells remove pigment residues. One begins to notice lightening of the tattoo approximately two weeks post treatment and this will continue  to six weeks. Several treatments are usually needed to remove an entire tattoo -the number of sessions depends on the amount and type of ink used and how deeply it was injected, but can vary from approximately four to ten. Six week intervals between sessions are required to allow pigment residue to be absorbed by the body.Following treatment, the doctor will apply an antibacterial ointment and dressing to the area. The skin should be kept clean with continued application of ointment as directed. A shower or bath the day after treatment is okay, but the treatment area should not be scrubbed. Your skin might feel slightly sunburned for a couple of days and the treated area may remain red for a few weeks. If the skin forms a blister or scab, this should be handled gently. After healing, the tattoo color will gradually and continually fade.

Does tattoo removal hurt and what should be expected?

Advanced tattoo removal lasers are much faster and less traumatic to the skin than previous technologies, rendering the treatment much more comfortable. The impact of the energy from the laser’s powerful pulse of light has been described as similar getting snapped by a thin hot, rubber band. With each subsequent treatment, the discomfort fades. Methods for anesthesia vary from a Zimmer air chiller, topical or injectable anesthesia. In preparation for a laser procedure, We recommend that non-aspirin products, like Tylenol, be used for minor aches and pains prior to the procedure, because aspirin and nonsteroidal anti inflammatory agents such as Ibuprofen can lead to bruising after treatment.

Tatto RemovalWhat Side effects of laser procedures?

They are generally few but may include hypopigmentation, where the treated area lacks normal skin color. Other possible side effects include infection of the site. The biggest risk is incomplete removal of all pigment.

Why is it hard to predict the number of treatments required for the removal of the tattoo?

The number of treatments required and the chance of incomplete tattoo removal depends upon several factors, including size of tattoo, location, the individual’s ability to heal, how the tattoo was applied and how long it has been in place. For example, a tattoo applied by an inexperienced artist and a newer tattoo may be easier to remove. Furthermore, we don’t generally know which of the over 100 tattoo inks available today were used to create the tattoo and sometimes the pigments undergo chemical changes after the tattoo is placed. Even two identically colored tattoos may be derived from very different colors and types of inks. The easiest tattoos to remove are ones with solid colors of black or green. In contrast, the hardest are the multi-colored tattoos, especially containing floral and pastel colors.