Laser tattoo removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses laser technology to remove unwanted tattoos from the skin. The laser works by emitting a high-intensity beam of light that targets the tattoo ink in the skin. The ink absorbs the light energy, which causes it to break down into smaller particles. These particles are then eliminated by the body’s immune system over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
The laser used for tattoo removal is typically a Q-switched laser, which emits short bursts of energy to specifically target the tattoo ink without harming the surrounding skin. The procedure can be mildly uncomfortable, but most patients tolerate it well with the use of topical anesthesia and cooling methods.
Tattoos with darker ink are easier to remove, though tattoos with lighter ink can be removed, just with more sessions.
Other tattoo removal procedures include: salabrasion, chemical peels and surgical excision – all of which can leave permanent scarring. Salabrasion is similar to dermabrasion, but much harsher. A mixture of coarse salt and water is applied to the area and basically does a very in-depth exfoliation, to the point of bleeding. This method is better for tattoos that were not applied very deep, such as ones done unprofessionally.
Tattoos are generally made to last, so it takes a specialized treatment to remove them. With laser tattoo removal, a special laser is applied evenly with a focused beam that raises the temperature of the tattoo. This heat breaks up the ink, which is then removed by the lymphatic system in the body. The tattoo will fade in a short number of weeks.
Laser tattoo removal only takes 10-30 minutes per session and the typical wait time is up to 2 months between treatments to give the area enough time to heal.
Removing a tattoo doesn’t hurt, but patients might feel minimal discomfort. It is not more painful than getting the tattoo in the first place. To put the client at ease, the skin is also often numbed topically beforehand.
The area might be swollen and sensitive after treatment but can be treated with ice until the swelling goes down. There are very rare side effects, and they are usually limited to the area being hypersensitive, having more pigment or sometimes pinpoint bleeding.
It’s important to note that laser tattoo removal is not always 100% effective, and complete removal may not be possible for all tattoos. Most patients need a minimum of at least 6 sessions. It’s important to consult with a professional aesthetician to determine if laser tattoo removal is right for you and to discuss any potential risks and complications.
Chemical peels have been proven to be a highly effective way to improve the appearance of the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and other skin imperfections. We generally recommend a skin care regime of once ever 4 weeks with a minimum of 5 sessions to start with.