Laser Tattoo 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 a Q-switched 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.
- If you have an unwanted tattoo that makes you feel embarrassed, self-conscious, or limits your ability to wear certain clothing
- If you feel your tattoo no longer reflects your lifestyle or personal aesthetic
- If you are unhappy with changes in your tattoo caused by the natural aging of your skin
Eye shields are used to protect your eyes from the laser light.
The skin’s reaction to the laser is tested to determine the most effective energy level for treatment.
A handpiece is placed against the surface of your skin, and the laser light is activated. The laser technology produces an extremely short laser pulse that is absorbed by the tattoo, causing the ink particles to break down while causing very little damage to the surrounding tissue. The resulting by-products will be removed by the body’s immune system as part of the healing process.
Smaller tattoos require fewer pulses while larger ones require more.
Multiple treatment sessions are often required for optimal results. The number of treatments will vary depending on the particular nature of your tattoo. The tattoo should become progressively lighter with each session.
Immediately following treatment, an ice pack is applied to soothe the treated area. A non-occlusive dressing will be used to protect the site, and sunscreen should be used.