What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal uses a Q-switched laser to non-invasively break down ink particles in an unwanted tattoo. This treatment is highly effective with minimal side-effects and is an outpatient procedure with minimal downtime.
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Who is a Good Candidate?
If you have an unwanted tattoo that causes embarrassment or self-consciousness, or you are unhappy with the changes your tattoo has undergo with the natural aging process of your skin, you may be able to benefit from laser tattoo removal. The best candidates for laser tattoo removal are those with uniform tattoos made with dark colored ink.
How is Treatment Done?
Treatments are done in the laser suite with topical or local anesthetic. A handpiece will be used to emit short laser pulses that are absorbed by the tattoo, causing the ink to break down while causing no harm to surround tissues. Any broken-down ink particles will be removed by the body’s immune system during the healing process.
Patients will require multiple treatment sessions to achieve desired results. The number of sessions needed will depend on the size and depth of the tattoo.
Laser Tattoo Removal Recovery
Most patients are able to return to work and everyday activities immediately after laser tattoo removal. Following treatment, an ice pack will be applied to the treatment area to soothe any redness or discomfort. Patients can expect to experience scabbing after the procedure for one to two weeks.
Laser tattoo removal results are permanent, though it may take as many as 12 sessions to obtain desired results.