6 Things to Know About Tattoo Removal
Thinking about laser tattoo removal? Maybe it’s even a decision you’ve been sitting on for awhile? Perhaps it’s time to explore that option.
Tattoos can be carefully designed works of art. Many of them are endowed with meaning and beauty. They can express indelible memories or serve as a tribute to important people in your life. That being said, people sometimes change their minds about a tattoo — and sometimes several tattoos. This can leave them feeling stressed by the permanence of their decision and the marks left on the skin.
Now, most people are aware of the existence of laser tattoo procedures, but not everyone knows just how effective they can be. Laser tattoo removal can actually give you your skin back, so you’ll no longer live with the regret of a tattoo you’ve changed your mind about.
So if you’re considering the removal of a tattoo so you can get back to a clean slate, here are some things to know.
1. Laser Tattoo Removal Has Come a Long Way
Lasers have the unique capability of breaking up pigment in the skin with high-intensity light beams. They’re incredibly effective. And with time, lasers have become even more versatile and powerful. This means we can remove a variety of tattoos, whether they’re big or small, black or colorful, simple or complicated.
2. It Truly Will Give You a Clean Slate
When you’ve completed all your laser tattoo removal sessions, you’ll be restored to the original, blank canvas of your skin. You won’t be left with any residual pigment or “shadowing” on the skin, so you can rest assured your tattoo removal is total and complete.
3. It’s Safe
Laser tattoo removal involves little to no risk and it’s a lot safer than other tattoo removal procedures, like excision or salabrasion.
4. It’ll Take a Few Sessions
Laser tattoo removal is not a one-and-done process. Each session removes about 50% of the existing pigment from the skin, so you’ll see the greatest reduction in ink during the first 2 to 3 sessions. The remaining sessions will ensure we get rid of any “shadowing” or residual pigment. Once we know how complex your specific tattoo removal will be, we can go over a timeline with you.
5. It Might Hurt… But Just a Little
Since you’ve already undergone the pain of getting a tattoo — we have confidence that this procedure will be a snap for you. We’ll apply topical anesthetic cream to the tattoo site to make things more comfortable, but sedation or injectable anesthetic won’t be needed.
6. Recovery Takes 1 to 2 Weeks
The time it takes your skin to recover will vary depending on the size of the tattoo removed, but you can expect a complete recovery within 1 to 2 weeks. Yep — all those years with that unwanted tattoo, and it only takes a few sessions and a few days of recovery to get rid of it.
No More Regrets
If you feel self-conscious about a tattoo — or you’ve just grown tired of it — we can help you remove it. With the most effective lasers and careful care and attention, we can help you get your skin back. Call us today to make an appointment.