Regret Getting That Tattoo? Tattoo Removal Is For You.
If you have a tattoo that no longer fits your lifestyle or have one you feel isn't well done, you don't have to live with it or cover it up with clothing or cosmetics for the rest of your life. Laser tattoo removal may be an option you want to consider. Laser tattoo removal is the newest method used and is less invasive than having a skin graft or dermabrasion.
Candidates Who See The Best Results
A qualified dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon can evaluate the type of tattoo you have as well as your skin type. People who have lighter skin and dark tattoos respond the best to laser removal methods. That's because the laser differentiates between light and dark to break up the ink, so having light skin and a dark tattoo makes it easier for the light to work. Also, tattoos that have ink closer to the top skin layer are more easily removed. That doesn't mean darker skinned people or lighter tattoos can't be removed. The effectiveness of the laser just may be reduced. Your body's individual healing response also affects the removal process.
How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
The laser works by passing through your outer layers of skin and breaking up the ink. The darker ink absorbs the most light, so it breaks up the easiest. Your dermatologist will use different light wavelengths for different ink colors. The light breaks down the ink into small fragments that are flushed out of your body by your immune system. Because of that, tattoos on body areas with more tissue and blood vessels respond better to laser removal than tattoos on bony areas like hands and feet.
What To Expect During The Procedure
During the laser removal treatment you will have to wear protective glasses to keep your eyes from being affected by the light. Most patients only need a topical anesthetic and then over-the-counter pain medication, but in some cases where the tattoo is large, a local anesthetic may be required.
In most cases, patients will be able to go home right after the procedure. Your dermatologist or doctor will tell you to stay out of the sun and if swelling occurs, keep the area elevated. The treated tattoo area will be bandaged and you'll have to apply a cream to prevent infection.
Possible Side Effects
Some of the side effects you may experience are swelling, redness, blisters, scabs, lightening of the skin and infection. Infection and scabs are rare, and most patients don't experience them. Your skin should be healed in two weeks.
Treatment Length & Cost
Each case is different and depends on your tattoo size and skin color, but it usually takes two to ten laser removal sessions to eliminate a tattoo. The sessions are performed every one to two months and rage in cost from $250 to $850.