How does laser treatment work to remove a tattoo?
The energy delivered by a laser is targeted towards the carbon particles or dyes that are found in skin tattoos, allowing selective destruction of the foreign pigment while minimizing damage to the surrounding skin. Lasers offer a non-invasive and effective treatment for unwanted tattoos.
What type of tattoo can be treated?
We can treat any color of tattoo.
Does the procedure hurt?
Many patients describe the stinging sensation as less painful then the original tattoo.
How many treatments will I require?
Tattoo removal requires multiple treatment sessions, usually performed at 4-8 week intervals or longer. Tattoo lightening may continue for several months after the last treatment session. Doubly treated tattoos may require additional treatments.
What type of results can I expect?
You should expect some swelling and blistering during the first day or two after the procedure. Immediately following treatments, white crusting may occur. Any resultant scab generally resolves in 10-14 days. Continued lightening of the tattoo can be observed for 4-8 weeks after each treatment session.
We utilize the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser for out Tattoo Removal Procedure.
Q: How long do I have to wait before getting tattoo removal?
A: After a tattoo has been done someone must wait at least six months before the removal process can begin. Starting any earlier can result in scaring and/or discoloration.
Q: How long does a tattoo removal session take?
A: Depending on the size of the tattoo it generally only takes a few minutes.
Q: Does tattoo removal hurt?
A: Tattoo removal discomfort is brief, and a topical numbing cream can be applied to minimize any discomfort.
Q: How many sessions will I need?
A: There is no way of telling how many sessions a person will need. Each tattoo is different and each person responds to the laser differently. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing how deep the tattoo artist imbedded the ink into the skin, nor is there a way to know exactly what type of ink was used. Generally it takes about 5-10 treatments.
Q: Will there be any scarring?
A: Generally no, however, one must pay attention to the type of laser that is being used. Not all lasers are created equal and if an improper laser has been used it can put someone at risk for scaring. That is why it is important to find a doctor who can safely treat each type of tattoo.
Q: What is after treatment care for tattoo removal?
A: Post tattoo removal an antibiotic cream will be prescribed and should be applied two times a day for 1-2 weeks. Sun should be avoided in the treated area and when in the sun a special sunscreen given to you by the doctor should be used and reapplied often.
Q: How long should I wait between treatments?
A: One Month or longer (4-6 weeks).
Q: Can I go in the sun after tattoo removal treatment?
A: Special pre-cautions should be taken when going in the sun after tattoo removal. A special sunscreen will be given to you by the doctor and should be re-applied often when in the sun.
Q: Can I work out after the tattoo laser treatment?
A: Yes. However, swimming should be avoided for a few days after the treatment.
Q: Can tattoo laser treatment be done to tattoos anywhere on the body?
A: Yes, the laser is safe to remove a tattoo anywhere on the body.
Q: What can I expect after the tattoo laser treatment?
A: Post laser there may be some blistering or possibly scabbing. The anti-biotic cream will help heal the area faster and diminish infection.