As the decision to get tattoos becomes increasingly popular, so has the decision to remove them! It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans have tattoos, and many of them now feel that having a tattoo does not fit their new image. Those remorseful about their tattoos are consulting with cosmetic laser physicians to determine if the removal of their tattoo is possible. Today's advanced technology provides the means for your tattoo to be removed safely and quickly, and in most cases with leaving a scar
Today, cosmetic medical lasers designed to eradicate tattoos range from a single wavelength of light to a broad spectrum of light, the varieties of which are intended to obliterate the ink in the tattoo without damaging the skin. Certain colors of light are absorbed by specific corresponding colors of tattoo ink. The light energy vaporizes or fragments the ink particles. Your body then absorbs these ink fragments naturally and the color fades over the next couple of weeks. This treatment is very similar to the methods used for years to treat birthmarks
WHAT ARE OTHER REMOVAL OPTIONS?
Laser tattoo removal is the safest, quickest and most likely to leave your skin intact following treatment. Other treatment options are surgical excision, chemical peel and traditional dermabrasion. These various treatment options are invasive treatment methods that almost always result in scarring. Topical treatments are the least effective and will never fully remove the tattoo as it does not reach deep enough into the skin
WHAT ARE TREATMENTS LIKE?
First, the area to be treated is cleansed. Emitting laser or pulsed light, the laser hand devices glides over the surface of the tattoo. The size and color of the tattoo determine the length of the treatment time. A tattoo roughly the size of a quarter may take approximately 3-5 minutes to treat. Some patients request a topical anesthetic cream to be applied prior to treatment, minimizing the stinging effect of the laser. Many patients tolerate treatment without anesthetic and report the treatment as feeling similar to no more numerous rubber band snaps. Finally, an ointment and protective dressing are applied to keep the area moist
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED?
Size, color, location, and the age of the tattoo determine the number of treatments necessary to effectively complete tattoo removal. During your FREE consultation, the tattoo you want treated will be examined and any questions you have will be answered. Be sure to contact your physician if you experience side effects not described during your consultation
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
There is no one size fits all for tattoo removal. The results and appearance of the tattoo vary from patient to patient. After each treatment session you will see the tattoo become lighter. Due to the various levels of professionalism and types of inks used in tattooing, the results and the number of treatments may vary. Typically, multiple treatments will be required and are scheduled 4-8 weeks apart
ARE THERE ANY POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS?
Some patients experience redness, swelling, tenderness, crusting, sunburn sensation, or itching immediately following treatment. Your treatment program will be discussed with you at the time of your FREE consultation. If you experience anything different than what is discussed with you following your treatment, report back to the office for a follow-up visit
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