Laser Tattoo Removal
When you need laser tattoo removal, we can help. Around 23% of Americans who get a tattoo regret it. This number is on the rise, and most people say the number one reason for lamenting their tattoo is their youth when they got it. This is worrisome. Almost half of Millennials have ink.
What is laser tattoo removal?
Tattoo removal works by breaking up the pigment colors by exposing the tattoo to a high intensity beam. Once the tattoo starts to dissolve, the lymphatic system removes the pigment.
When tattoos are done, the tattoo artist injects pigment into your skin. The exact nature of the tattoo should be considered when it is being removed. The size of the tattoo, the ink, and how far into the skin the pigment is injected influence the tattoo removal process. The number treatments you may have depends on all of these factors. Generally, the patient should expect multiple sessions.
Your dermatologist can advise you on the process. They need to see the tattoo to determine where it is. That may influence the number of treatments.
Does tattoo removal hurt?
This procedure is considered safe for a majority of individuals. During the procedure, some patients experience slight discomfort. This depends on where the tattoo is located and how deep the pigment is in the skin. After having the treatment done, patients will likely have skin irritation that resembles a sunburn.
Many patients do not require anesthesia. Local anesthesia may be required due to the location of the tattoo on the body. After having the procedure done, it is a good idea to use an ice pack to soothe the treated area. An antibiotic cream and a bandage should protect it from infection. When you are enjoying the South Florida sunshine, you should use sunblock to shield your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
The main risk of this procedure is infection. Try to keep the area clean and covered. Using lasers is safer than other forms of tattoo removal, such as excision or dermabrasion. Most people have the misconception that lasers burn the skin. This is false. After you are done with all of the treatments, your skin will appear fairly normal.
How effective is this process?
Laser tattoo removal is effective for a wide variety of tattoos. Most tattoos are black. Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths. This means that it is easier to treat than other colors. Blue tattoos are also fairly easy to remove. Red and yellow tattoos are far more difficult to make dissolve, and more specialized lasers must be employed.
Larger ink particles resist being broken down, which makes them more difficult to remove. Those with darker skin may experience some difficulty with their tattoo removal because their skin absorbs more energy.
How long do patients have to wait between sessions?
The length of time between sessions varies based on a few different factors. We make clinical decisions on how soon patients can come back for their next session. Generally, patients wait between 2-3 months. The exact period of time depends on the patient.
How long will it take to remove my tattoo?
It may take a year or longer to completely eliminate your tattoo. You will see your tattoo fading throughout the process.
If you regret getting your tattoo, Dr. Matthew and Dr. Merrick Elias can help. We have offices conveniently located in Pembroke Pines and Fort Lauderdale. Come visit us today for your laser tattoo removal.