A tattoo is something that many people get on a daily basis and while many contemplate getting one since it is a permanent fixture, this isn’t actually true. We’ve been led to believe that once you get a tattoo it is there forever but with a cosmetic procedure called laser tattoo removal, you can now remove an unwanted tattoo. At Mederm Esthetics and Laser Clinic, we perform laser treatments for various needs such as nail fungus. But laser can also be used to remove tattoos. It can be the circumstance, that you were pressured into getting a tattoo and now you regret the decision, or you got a tattoo and don’t like how it turned out. Sometimes people even get a silly tattoo and then regret getting it. Now with laser tattoo removal you don’t have to fret about an unwanted tattoo. Laser tattoo removal uses laser technology to eliminate unwanted tattoos and has become a revolutionary method that people are so thankful for.
How do tattoos become permanent?
The skin consists of many layers and two of these layers are called the epidermis, and the outer layer is called the dermis, and this is the layer that is right under the epidermis. The epidermis and dermis function differently. The epidermis consistently discards skin cells, and the dermis remains the same. So, when you get a tattoo, the coloured dye is injected straight into the dermis and remains permanent in the skin as collagen stabilizes around it.
The process of laser tattoo removal
When it comes to laser tattoo removal it is a gradual process. The bodies innate capability to banish the broken-up ink determines the success of the laser tattoo removal. Keep in mind that with laser tattoo removal the tattoo won’t vanish right away. Instead, it starts to disappear over a span of time with each session. Each session is usually scheduled every 6 to 8 weeks and on average about 4 to 15 sessions are necessary. The number of sessions is contingent on various components such as how old the tattoo is, color of the ink, and what the ink was made from. For smaller tattoos and ones created with black ink there is another option available called the R20 technique. With this method, four sessions are combined into one and it involves spacing the laser 20 minutes apart. As well, this method removes much more quickly than the regular laser treatment.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
First things first, before you go for your laser removal session you will visit Mederm for a free consultation to determine if this treatment is right for you. During the procedure, the esthetician will use a machine to perform short pulses of high intensity light at your unwanted tattoo. These pulses that are performed are for the most part painless and is comparable to being pinched. But if you do experience any discomfort a topical anesthetic can be applied. Once the laser treatment is complete, the esthetician will apply an antibacterial ointment to the affected area to minimize any chance of infection. You may experience some redness and the area may feel warm, but you should be able to continue on with your daily routine right away. But keep in mind, you will not be able to perform any activities for 24 hours that involve your skin getting wet. For example, swimming and exercising. After about 6 to 12 weeks later you will return for your next session.
Frequently asked questions
- When will I achieve results?
Remember that with laser tattoo removal it is a gradual process, so patience is required. The tattoo will fade over time. Don’t expect the tattoo to be gone right away. The results will also depend on your body and health. The esthetician will also keep a tab on your progress by taking pictures.
- Can all colours be removed with laser tattoo removal?
All colours can be removed but keep in mind that lighter colours will require more sessions versus darker ones.
- How long after I get a tattoo can it be removed?
You should wait approximately one month for the tissues to restore, and then you can carry on with your first laser removal session.
Come visit us today at Mederm Esthetics & Laser Clinic located in Concord. We provide a great service to our clients and our staff will make you feel right at home. We will answer all your laser tattoo removal questions and make you feel more at ease with this revolutionary process. Come visit us for a free consultation so you can determine whether laser tattoo removal is right for you. For example, if you are pregnant then we don’t recommend any type of laser treatments, as the safety of your baby is most important.