Laser techniques have become one of the most effective ways to remove unwanted tattoos. This is because new and profound techniques for tattoo removal have been developed over the years, like combination laser treatments, multi-pass treatments, and picosecond lasers. Laser tattoo removal can sound highly technical, but there are a few things to know about how it works and what it can do for you.
The Consultation Process
Your consultation is one of the most important steps of your tattoo removal process, and this can allow your specialist to plan the right treatment for you. Laser tattoo removal can require different techniques and technology depending on your unique tattoo, so it’s important to establish what will work best in getting the results you want. Things to consider about your tattoo are its colors, age, and size. It’s also important to establish any medical concerns, skin conditions, and skin product use that might prevent the treatment from being effective.
How It Works
There are many different effective lasers that can accomplish great results, but Laser Skin & Wellness has found the Enlighten™ by Cutera to best fit the needs of our patients. This system is highly versatile and is effective for a wide range of colors and pigment. This treatment works by applying the laser energy to the tattoo, which applies acoustic shockwaves to the pigment. This breaks down the pigment into smaller chunks, which allows your body to safely absorb them. This energy pulses at two different speeds, making it more effective at quickly and effectively breaking down pigment.
The Treatment Process
Despite the newest developments in laser techniques, most patients still require a package of treatments before seeing substantial results. This is simply because of the speed at which your body absorbs the pigment, and multiple sessions can help speed this process along. In most cases, treatments should be spaced 6-8 weeks apart in order to allow your skin time to rest between treatments. During your consultation, your specialist can estimate the number of treatments you’ll need based on your unique tattoo and goals.
The best way to learn about your options with laser tattoo removal is through a consultation with our laser specialists. Request an appointment through our online form or contact our office to get in touch with our patient coordinators who can schedule a consultation that works best for you.