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What is The Process of Laser Tattoo Removal?
Thursday October 23rd, 2014
Roughly 10 percent of the U.S. population has some sort of tattoo. However, it’s estimated that roughly one-third of everyone who gets inked has what’s called –tattoo regret.” Tattoo regret can stem from a variety of reasons _ perhaps you have a tattoo to honor someone who is no longer in your life or you have a tattoo that’s no longer trendy. You may even regret a visible tattoo for the reason that it might hurt your perception, potentially making it harder to find employment.
The reasons vary for tattoo regret, but it’s not uncommon. The good news is that it’s now easier, more affordable and painless than ever to do something about this tattoo regret with the advances in laser tattoo removal. Essentially, a laser tattoo removal procedure uses a high-powered to target the tattoo and break up its pigment colors. While each tattoo is unique and different, laser removal is a technology that most can qualify for. And unlike other tattoo removal procedures, there’s no scarring as a result of this process.
Here’s a closer look at how the laser tattoo removal process works:
You schedule a consultation; we will then come up with a plan for your tattoo’s removal. Depending on the size and location of the tattoo, as well as your skin color, it may take up to four laser treatments to completely remove it.
- Following the consultation, you’ll begin laser treatment. You’ll wear protective eye goggles to ensure the laser doesn’t damage your eyes and the laser technician will start by testing the skin’s reaction to the laser to determine the safest and most effective energy concentration for treatment.
- Following treatment, the patient will be treated with antibiotic cream and the area will be bandaged to protect it. As we mentioned in the beginning, it may take up to four treatments to completely remove the tattoo, but patients should see their tattoo becoming noticeably lighter after each treatment.
The laser treatment itself is relatively painless, and most patients don’t require any anesthesia. The feeling is comparable to the feeling you get when a rubber band is snapped across the skin surface. For more sensitive patients, a painkiller may be injected near the tattoo prior to laser treatment or a cream may be applied to minimize discomfort.
Like all procedures, there is some risk of complications from laser removal treatments, but thi