How The treatment Works
Using laser technology, we can greatly reduce or even completely remove tattoos that are no longer desired. The laser beam breaks up the particles under the dermis and your body naturally dissipates them. This process is repeated until the tattoo is sufficiently faded or removed.
Removing a tattoo with laser provides the lowest scar risk and most effective treatment for removing your tattoo with optimal results.
Why Do People Choose To Remove Tattoos?
There are many common reasons why people choose to fade or remove tattoos. These include things like aesthetic, rethinking your choice, and more.
Lifestyle or Personal Aesthetic
Tattoos are personal. Over time, things can change – whether about your life circumstances or even your personal taste. If you don’t feel positive about your tattoo anymore, it’s normal to look for ways to remove it. Whatever your reasoning behind your change, you’ve got options with laser tattoo removal.
Poor Decision Making
Whatever led you to decide to get a tattoo, feeling like it wasn’t a smart choice can be hard to live with. For this reason, laser tattoo removal can be a great way to get rid of past mistakes and feel comfortable in your skin again.
Using Lasers for Tattoo Removal
Lasers are the safest and most effective method of removing most tattoos. Patients can expect excellent results!
Most colors can be treated, although newer flourescent colors may be more difficult to remove. Darker colors, like blacks and blues, are the easiest to remove as they are the easiest to target with lasers. Yellow and green, or other light colors, can be more difficult to properly focus on.
Laser tattoo removal is the safest way to remove a tattoo with the least risk of scarring the skin. Risk of scarring is very low, about 5% for most patients. It is important to follow the post-treatment instructions you receive in order to keep this risk low.
Laser Tattoo Removal: What to Expect
Laser tattoo removal is the most effective way to remove a tattoo, but it’s common to not know exactly what it is or what it does. In brief, this is a clinically proven method of tattoo removal that doesn’t cause any scarring. A Q-switched laser hand-piece is used to deliver pulses of light energy, which then shatters the tattoo ink so it can be absorbed into the body as waste.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
When removing a tattoo, laser light is applied to the treatment area. The tattoo ink particles absorb the energy from the laser machine, shattering the pigment. This breaks it up into smaller pieces that can be absorbed by the body. After a few weeks of laser treatment, the immune system breaks the ink, causing it to fade.
Subsequent treatments shatter more and more ink, fading it slowly over a 6 – 8 week period.
Selecting Your Provider
When looking at your laser tattoo removal options, it’s important to select a provider you can trust. Other aspects you may want to consider include their experience with laser tattoo removal and your comfort level with them and their practice, among others. At Cosmetic Laser Solutions MedSpa we have been removing tattoos for over 20 years.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Tattoo Removal
It most cases, you will not be able to see your original tattoo.
Unfortunately, tattoos can not be removed in a single session.
If there is hair over the tattoo, we prefer if you shave the area 24-48 hours prior to your treatment.
Insurance does not cover tattoo removal as it is not medically necessary.
There is a risk of scarring and discoloration in the treated area, but with proper post care this not usually the case.
Laser is the best way to remove a tattoo as it there is the least chance of scarring with this method.
Tattoo removal with laser is very effective.
Results for each session generally appear at 4-6 weeks after a treatment.
Your skin will heal in 7-10 days after a tattoo removal session.
Some people describe the procedure as similar to having an elastic band being snapped on your skin. A topical anesthetic may be used to minimize any discomfort. This must be applied 45 minutes prior to your treatment. You can purchase this in advance at one of our locations.
It is normal to blister after a tattoo removal session. We recommend NOT popping the blister – let it heal on its own.
Hair Removal is not the same as tattoo removal. The laser wavelength is different for each service.
Pico technology is slightly better than Q-Switched – but its not a significant difference.
The number of treatments really depends on many variables. It can take as few as 3 sessions to as many as 12 sessions, and they must be spaced at least 6+ weeks apart.
The cost of treatments run from $100 and up per session.