Tattoo removal utilizes a laser to selectively target and remove the tattoo without
damaging the surrounding tissue, which greatly decreases scarring. Lasers have
differing wavelengths and pulse durations, and different laser beams are absorbed
by specific colors. The type of laser used to remove a tattoo depends on the
pigment colors of the tattoo. This treatment offers skin that is more uniform
and natural in appearance.
is accomplished by injecting colored pigment into small deep
holes made in the skin. The injected pigment creates marks or
designs that are relatively permanent. For various personal reasons,
people turn to surgeons to have tattoos removed.
is a tattoo removal procedure performed?
tattoo area will be cleansed to remove oils on the skin. Pulses
of light from the laser are directed onto the tattoo breaking
up the tattoo pigment. During the procedure you'll feel intense
emissions of light penetrate the area to be treated. Over the
next several weeks the body's scavenger cells remove the treated
pigmented areas. More than one treatment is usually necessary
to remove the entire tattoo.
long does a tattoo removal procedure take?
average, each laser treatment takes ten to twenty minutes. Several
treatments are usually needed to achieve the desired results.
The number will vary depending on the depth and color of the
tattoo, but eight to twelve treatments for one tattoo are not
uncommon. You must allow at least a month between treatments,
so be prepared to commit a substantial amount of time to the
type of anesthesia is used?
numbing cream applied to the skin or a local anesthetic injected
under the skin can be used to minimize discomfort.
is the procedure performed?
treatment is usually performed in the doctor's office.
can I return home and resume normal activities?
same day, and normal activities may be resumed immediately.
do I prepare for a tattoo removal procedure?
your initial consultation, your doctor will discuss the changes
that you would like to make to your appearance. Since the appearance
of your skin is a matter of personal perception and preference,
you will need to discuss your concerns in detail so your doctor
can determine the appropriate alternatives.
to your treatment, the doctor will perform a complete health
history and an examination of your tattoo, as well as your overall
skin tone and quality. This assessment of your tattoo and skin
will determine the type of laser treatment recommended. Your
doctor will also want to know when, where, and by whom your tattoo
was applied, as these factors too can affect the method of treatment.
Knowledge of your allergies, medications and previous surgeries
should be brought to your doctor's attention at this time. Specific
instructions to assist you in preparing for this procedure will
be given to you after the health history and examination is complete.
Your experience will be much smoother if you remain compliant
with your doctor's instructions.
precautions are necessary during recovery?
should avoid exposing the treated area to the sun, as this may
slow the healing process. Please ask your doctor for after care
instructions specific to your case, as these will assist you
during your recovery period.
are the possible complications?
modern lasers, extensive scarring is quite rare, although some
changes in skin texture and color are may occur. The area treated
by the laser may become hardened or rough, and the skin may become
lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.
treatment can also cause the development of small superficial
cysts in the skin. If necessary, these cysts can easily be removed
through minor surgery. Lasers can also cause burn. No procedure
is without risks; however, the majority of complications known
to be associated with a tattoo removal are minor. It is always
important to be informed about the possible complications before
any procedure. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with
are the results after a tattoo removal procedure?
treated area may be red and swollen for a few weeks. There may
be some bruising and depending on the depth of the tattoo, bleeding
may occur. The area may be treated with an antibiotic cream to
minimize infection. Additional treatments may be necessary to
achieve your desired result.
people are satisfied with the pigment removal achieved through
laser treatment. It is important to remember, however, that your
skin will never look as it did before you had the tattoo.