Also known as laser tattoo removal and body art removal
Tattoo ink lives underneath the top layer of skin, which makes it difficult to remove, often requiring multiple laser sessions or in some cases, surgical removal. Laser tattoo removal is a noninvasive procedure that uses laser device to break down the pigment colors of an unwanted tattoo, while causing minimal damage to surrounding tissue. Laser tattoo removal has become more and more popular as the prevalence of tattoos has increased over recent decades.
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider laser tattoo removal:
If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
In advance of your procedure:
What can I expect on the day of tattoo removal?
The pain experienced during treatment is quite tolerable and is described as feeling like a “grease splatter” or a “slap” from a rubber band. Most laser tattoo removal sessions take only a few minutes to complete; however, a longer time period may be required, depending on the nature of your particular tattoo. After your procedure is completed, you will be able to return home and resume your normal activities.
Aftercare and Recovery
After the procedure, you will receive detailed instructions about your post-treatment care, including information about:
It is important that you follow all patient care instructions provided.
Immediately after tattoo removal
It is normal to experience some mild pain or discomfort for up to forty-eight hours following treatment. In most cases, pain can be managed by applying an ice pack to the affected area. You may notice a slightly elevated, white discoloration and possible pinpoint bleeding in the treatment area immediately following the procedure. Minimal edema and erythema of adjacent skin may also occur. These symptoms typically resolve within twenty-four hours. Subsequently, a crust will form over the entire tattoo, which will fall off after about two weeks.
Week two to eight
You will notice your tattoo gradually fading over the eight week healing period following the procedure. It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
How long will the results last?
Laser tattoo removal is permanent but it may take as many as two to twelve different sessions to obtain satisfactory results.
Are broken up by areas and are as follows:
Will Need consultation to determine final price due to variants.
Limitations and Risks
Fortunately, significant complications from laser tattoo removal are infrequent. Your specific risks for laser tattoo removal will be discussed during your consultation.
All procedures have some degree of risk. Some of the potential complications of all procedures are:
Other risks specific to laser tattoo removal are outlined below:
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions given both before and after your laser tattoo removal treatment.
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