You’ve found yourself in a predicament. You have changed your mind about wanting a tattoo on your body. Lucky for you tattoos aren’t so permanent after all! There is a safe and effective laser tattoo removal procedure that can do just the trick without leaving unsightly scaring. Whatever your reason may be for the removal, the unwanted body design can be eliminated with minimal side effects. The tattoo laser removal procedure works by using a laser with a high-intensity light beam to break up pigment colours of the tattoo. The procedure is a lot safer and recommended over the traditional methods such as excision, dermabrasion or salabrasion. By having it done by a certified professional it can renew your skin back to its normal appearance.
Who Would Benefit From the Procedure?
Since each tattoo is unique, removal techniques must be tailored towards each individuals case. The laser tattoo removal procedure is best for someone looking to get rid of any unwanted tattoos and is looking for a safe and effective way to do it. However there are a number of factors that will determine how many treatments it will take to fully remove the tattoo.
- The age, size and type of tattoo (amateur vs professional)
- The colour of the tattoo (easier to treat black tattoo pigments rather than colour)
- The colour of the patients skin
- How deep the tattoo pigment extends
Depending on these factors a tattoo could be removed in anywhere from two to ten sessions. In order to find out the specific needs for your laser tattoo removal its best to visit a laser specialist for a consultation.
What is the Process of the Procedure?
During the procedure you will have to wear protective eye wear. The laser will then be tested on your skin in order to determine the most effective energy for treatment. The treatment itself will feel like grease splatters or the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. Keep in mind cosmetic tattoos such as lip liner, eyeliner and eyebrows may darken following the first few treatments and eventually result in fading. Following the treatment an ice pack will be placed on the removal site in order to soothe the area. Antibiotic cream will then be applied and given to the patient to apply on site in between treatments. Before leaving a bandage will be applied to protect the site from the sun and reduce the risk of the area becoming infected.
What are the Possible Side Effects of the Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure?
There are little to no side effects of the tattoo laser removal procedure however there are a few things to consider before getting a tattoo removed by laser. The first is like any procedure, the laser tattoo removal site is at risk of infection. There is also a slight chance that a scar may result from the treatment. As well there is a chance hypo-pigmentation could occur (skin is paler than surrounding area) or vice versa hyper pigmentation (skin is darker than surrounding area). As well there is a chance that treatment could result in a permanent scar.