That tattoo you got when you were 16 on your lower back is rearing its ugly head. At first, you thought it was cute and a good idea. Your friends even approved it. As the years went on, you realized you made a mistake. The tattoo you once loved, and treasure is now revealing itself as poorly done and messy. No matter what you wear to cover it, it’s still there, and only Tattoo Removal can fix it.
What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Tattoo Removal is the removal of any unwanted tattoo markings. The standard modality for tattoo removal is the non-invasive removal of tattoo pigments using Q-switched lasers. At first, most considered tattoos a permanent mark on their body, but now thanks to Laser Tattoo Removal, your teenaged mistakes can be removed.
How Does It Work?
Tattoo removal works by laser. The lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the highly pigmented colors with a high-intensity light beam. The beam absorbs the pigments using laser wavelengths. Black is one of the easiest colors to treat while some colors can be harder to remove. Colors like yellow and green are the hardest to remove, but it is still doable with the right lasers.
Before scheduling an appointment to laser off your mistakes, you should schedule an appointment with one of the professionals at Miami Center for Dermatology. Depending on the age, size, and colors, a professional can tell you how many treatments you will need. The color of your skin also matters along with how deep the tattoo pigment goes can also affect the removal process. Since each patient is different, along with every tattoo, it’s important to consult with a professional. This will not also save you time but also money when determining which route to go regarding treatment.
This is what you should expect during a typical laser tattoo removal session:
Before you begin, you will be given a pair of protective goggles.
A trained professional will test your skin’s reaction to the laser. This will determine the most effective energy for the treatment.
A trained professional will then use a laser to pass light through the top layer of your skin that will be then absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This laser will not harm the rest of your skin.
Tattoos that are smaller will require much fewer pulses while bigger ones will need more to remove the pigment.
Although laser hair removal is uncomfortable, anesthesia isn’t needed. You may apply a topical anesthesia cream beforehand depending on the area. After your treatment, it’s recommended that you use an ice pack to soothe the treated area. You may apply an antibiotic cream and bandage to protect it.
What are the Side Effects of Tattoo Removal: EDIT**
Laser tattoo removal is much safer than many other tattoo removal methods. Other methods like salabrasion, excision and dermabrasion can not only be more invasive but more painful. There are very few side effects for laser tattoo removal, but you should consider these factors in your decision:
- The site in which your tattoo was removed can be at risk for infection. There is a chance that you also may have a permanent scar.
- Some colors may be more effective in removal than others.
- Blue and black tattoos respond better to treatment while yellows and greens are harder to remove.
- Depending on the strength of the laser, you may end up with hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation.
In all, tattoo removal is an option for those who feel their tattoos were a mistake or you wish to change the style and a cover-up isn’t in the question. For more questions or to schedule an appointment with our trained professionals, feel free to give us a call.