Common Questions About Tattoo Removal
By Karen Lederman
Laser tattoo removal has become much safer, more effective, and more reliable over the years, but there is a lot to know about the procedure. With more people getting tattoos all the time, the demand for getting them removed is steadily increasing. So what are some common questions people have about this procedure?
How Does the Process Work?
Laser devices use the heat and light from a focused laser beam to target the areas of the tattooed skin. This laser energy breaks up the pigment in the skin. Following treatment, the body breaks down and disposes of the ink naturally. This is why the tattoo fades gradually over time, instead of producing instant results.
Can All Tattoos Be Removed?
While most tattoos can be significantly reduced through laser treatments, the amount that can be removed varies widely. This is due to the differences in the many inks available (the FDA does not regulate tattoo ink), the colors used, and the depth of the ink in the skin. It can be difficult to predict how effective the process will be, but a consultation with a professional can give you some idea of what to expect.
How Many Treatments Will Be Needed?
While ideally it would take just one laser treatment to remove a tattoo, the reality is that it could take many sessions for satisfactory fading. Each one is unique, so it can take from just a few (for simple tattoos) to ten or more (for colorful, large, or complex designs). Treatment sessions are short, but must be spaced a few months apart.
Does it Hurt?
Laser treatments for removal of tattoos can be uncomfortable, but most patients find the procedure tolerable. Many patients describe the sensation as similar to a series of hot snaps from a rubber band.
What is Aftercare Like?
Very little aftercare is required following each removal session. Patients will need to protect the area from the sun, and may experience some redness and puffiness after each procedure. Antibiotic ointment will be applied to the skin afterwards and instructions for care will be discussed.
Choose a Professional
There are many clinics in this area, but it’s important to choose a provider with the training, skills, and experience to give you safe and effective treatments. At Laser Skin and Wellness, our professionally trained medical technicians can help you erase the past. For the most professional treatments, visit our Palm Beach Gardens or Lake Worth, FL locations for a consultation or call us today at 561-641-9490. We also proudly serve the surrounding communities of Boynton Beach and Downtown West Palm Beach.
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