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LASER TATTOO REMOVAL BY LASERAWAY
WHY LASER TATTOO REMOVAL?
That night in college. Your crazy ex. That time you were “going through a phase”. We all have regrets, but if yours are in the form of an unwanted tattoo, we’ve got you covered. Laser Tattoo Removal is quick, easy and noninvasive thanks to our advanced laser technology. Here’s just a few reasons we love it…
• Targets your ink while leaving surrounding areas unaffected
• Leaves your skin looking uniform & natural
• Is noninvasive & non-surgical
• Works on all skin types
• Produces dramatic results with multiple sessions
*Results and patient experience may vary.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
While we know you want to ditch that ink like yesterday, Laser Tattoo Removal is a gradual process that depends largely on your tattoo’s location, depth, density and ink colors. For example, black ink is the easiest for our lasers to target, whereas colored ink can be a bit more complicated. When you come in for your free consultation, one of our specialists will walk you through the process and help determine the predicted number of treatments your tattoo is expected to take to fade or remove.
ABOUT THE TATTOO REMOVAL EXPERIENCE
STEP ONE: YOUR FREE CONSULTATION
You’ll start your tattoo removal experience with a free consultation with one of our specialists. During this time, they will assess your tattoo’s location, depth, density and color to predict approximately how many treatments are expected for your tattoo to fade or be removed.
STEP TWO: YOUR APPOINTMENT
At the beginning of your appointment, your clinician will apply an anesthetic cream to the area of your tattoo. You’ll also be given protective eye gear and a cooling device. Once the anesthetic cream starts doing its thing, your clinician will get to work, using the laser to deliver pulses to the tattoo’s pigment. Is it painful? It can be a bit uncomfortable but most people find it totally tolerable—it’s often described as a sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against your skin. The amount of laser pulses depends on the tattoo’s size, but most treatment sessions only last a few minutes.
Once your treatment is over, you’ll need to begin the after-care process right away. Get a full rundown of what that looks like (plus what you need to do before your treatments) below!
HOW LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WORKS
So glad you asked! Laser Tattoo Removal is pretty simple—our lasers use light and heat to selectively break up and disperse tattoo pigment while leaving surrounding areas unaffected, a process called selective photothermolysis.
Laser Tattoo Removal works by targeting pigment colors in the skin’s dermis, which lies between your outer layer of skin (epidermis) and the tissue beneath. The tattoo pigments absorb the laser’s beam, breaking up into tiny fragments. Your body then naturally absorbs these fragments and eliminates them.
We primarily use the Astanza Duality, a state-of-the-art dual wavelength Q-switch laser that produces light pulses of extremely high peak power. Because Q-switch lasers are so precise and intense, tattoo pigments fragment instantly, and the surrounding tissue is spared.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser tattoo removal works by targeting pigment colors in the skin’s dermis, which lies between your outer layer of skin (epidermis) and the tissue beneath. The tattoo pigments absorb the laser’s beam and fragment. Your body then absorbs these fragments and eliminates them.
How many treatments will I need?
You’ll need several treatments before you’ll notice a significant difference. The number of treatments you’ll need depends on the amount and type of ink used and how deeply it sits. Keep in mind it takes a minimum of eight weeks between treatments for your body to absorb the pigment residue.
How do I prepare for a laser tattoo removal treatment?
Prior to a laser tattoo removal treatment, you’ll want to avoid sun exposure for four weeks beforehand. You may be instructed to discontinue taking aspirin and ibuprofen, since they may cause you to bruise after your treatment. Make sure to follow all pre-care instructions your medical professional gives you.
Which lasers do you use?
The most common type of laser used in tattoo removal, the Q-switch, produces light pulses of 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, and the surrounding tissue is left undamaged.
Am I a good candidate for laser tattoo removal?
Laser tattoo removal can remove most tattoos safely and effectively. In general, older tattoos that have darker pigments tend to be easier to remove than newer ones that have fluorescent pigments. Patients who don’t smoke and follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen tend to achieve the best results.
Will laser tattoo removal leave a scar?
It is very rare for patients to scar from laser tattoo removal treatments. But if a tattoo already features pre-existing scarring, that will remain.
Will I experience any side effects?
You may experience minor bleeding, redness, swelling and blistering for several hours or days following treatment. Over the next several weeks, you may notice the treated area flaking, peeling and scabbing. Handle the treatment site gently. While the site is healing, you should avoid sun exposure and public swimming pools. Tell your medical professional if any side effects bother you and are not subsiding.
What’s a laser tattoo removal treatment like?
Before the treatment starts a medical professional will apply an anesthetic cream, and you’ll be given protective eye gear to wear, along with a cooling device. The medical professional will then gently place a handpiece against your skin and deliver laser pulses to the tattoo pigment. With each laser pulse, most people experience a sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against their skin. The amount of laser pulses depends on the tattoo’s size, but most treatment sessions only last a few minutes.