Laser Tattoo Removal

posted on: October 14, 2014

 

Do you have a tattoo that once seemed to be a good idea, but now you want removed? You’re not alone. Over 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo. I’ve seen a statistic that says 20% of people regret their tattoo within one week of getting it. Laser tattoo removal has proven to be the safest and most effective form of tattoo removal.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

The laser light is delivered to the tattoo so rapidly that the ink is broken up into tiny particles. These fragmented ink particles are safely cleared by the body through its own processes. The tattoo will fade after each treatment.

Will the tattoo completely disappear?

In some cases, the tattoo will disappear completely, while in others it will usually be lightened significantly. The ability to completely remove a tattoo depends on several factors, including size, location, type of ink and depth of ink.

Does it hurt?

In so many words: yes. However, the use of topical numbing medicine greatly reduces the discomfort and for most tattoos the treatment only takes a few minutes.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Every patient and tattoo is different. Homemade tattoos with dark ink can be removed in just a few sessions spread 6-8 weeks apart. Professional tattoos are usually deeper, larger and vary in color. These usually require more sessions.

Are there any side effects? 

There is a low risk of scarring. Redness and/or discoloration can occur, but is typically temporary.