You’ve probably heard about laser tattoo removal. It’s really the only permanent and effective way to remove unsightly tattoos. In fact, revolutionary advancements in laser technology can remove almost all tattoos with little pain and effort. Even the most seemingly stubborn tattoos disappear with the latest innovations in laser technology, leaving that unsightly mistake nothing but a memory.
So What’s Laser Tattoo Removal Like?
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know what a laser tattoo removal procedure is like. Today we’ll satisfy your curiosity by following Greg Y. as he undergoes his very first laser tattoo removal procedure.
But before we do, we’ll explain how laser tattoo removal works.
Laser tattoo removal works by targeting pigment colors in the skin’s dermis, the layer of skin between the epidermis and subcutaneous tissues.
The science behind laser tattoo removal is nothing short of magic. Laser tattoo removal works by targeting pigment colors in the skin’s dermis, the layer of skin between the epidermis and subcutaneous tissues. Light beams radiated by the laser are absorbed by tattoo pigments, which then fragment. The body then absorbs and eliminates the pigment fragments.
The Q-switch is the most common type of laser used in tattoo removal. It produces pulses of light boasting an extremely high peak power. Several types of Q-switch lasers exist, and each one targets a different color spectrum at different wavelengths. Because Q-switch lasers are so precise and intense, tattoo pigments fragment instantly, resulting in minimal damage to the surrounding tissue.
Even though laser tattoo removal might sound complicated, the procedure itself is super simple.
One Patient’s Experience
Greg had his laser tattoo removal consultation last week, where his doctor determined which type of laser to use and how many treatments he’ll need. Greg’s getting a medium-sized black tattoo of an ankh removed from his arm. His doctor has already tested out the laser on Greg’s skin to see how he reacts.
Before Greg’s laser tattoo removal session starts, his doctor applies an anesthetic cream to the area, and Greg is given protective eye gear to wear along with a cooling device. His doctor then gently places a handpiece against his skin and delivers laser pulses to the tattoo pigment. Greg comments that it doesn’t feel too painful. In fact, most people describe the laser pulses as a sensation similar to a rubber band being snapped against their skin. Because Greg’s tattoo was relatively small and simple, the laser treatment lasted less than 10 minutes.
After Greg’s laser tattoo removal session, his doctor gives him aftercare instructions along with some ointment. Greg might experience bleeding, redness, swelling and blistering for several hours or days following treatment. The next several weeks may see the treated area flaking, peeling and scabbing. Greg needs to handle the treatment sight gently. While the site is healing, Greg should avoid sun exposure and public swimming pools. Once the skin has healed, usually, four to six weeks after treatment, Greg can undergo additional sessions.
Side effects with laser tattoo removal are rare, but they can still happen. Common side effects include infection at the tattoo removal site, incomplete pigment removal, hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation, and scarring. Darker-skinned patients may also have a higher risk of experiencing post-procedural complications such as keloid scarring.
Laser Tattoo Removal Blows the Competition Out of the Water
There’s no other choice, really. Laser tattoo removal is the only safe and effective method to remove unwanted tattoos. After a series of successful laser treatments, most tattoos are pretty much gone. Keep in mind, however, that how fast your tattoo disappears depends on its color pigments, depth, and age. But even stubborn cases aren’t hopeless. Though colors such as yellow, green, or light blue are more difficult to remove, they can certainly be faded. The same goes for ink that rests deep within the dermis.
The good news is that the technology just keeps on getting better. Newer laser technologies such as the Nd:YAG and Q-switch can now effectively treat even the most stubborn ink colors.
Let LaserAway Zap Your Tats!
We love zapping tats at LaserAway—and it shows. The medical staff at LaserAway pride themselves on being the best in the business. They’re certified in administering laser procedures and use only the most cutting edge laser technology and techniques. You’ll always feel at ease with LaserAway. So don’t hesitate to contact us. You’ve got nothing to lose but an unwanted tattoo. If you would like to learn more about LaserAway’s medical spa services or would like to set up a free, no-obligation consultation, please email us at LaserAway.com or call us at (888) 965-2737.