How to Remove a Tattoo
At some point in your life, you may have felt it was a great idea to have a tattoo on some area of your body… but as you age, many seek out methods to remove the tattoo(s). Whether it is due to the shape changing, the colors fading, or that you just don’t like it anymore, tattoos can be minimized if not completely removed from the skin. Successful tattoo removal is a result of “quality switched laser” also known as the Q-Switched laser. The Q-Switched laser delivers short & high power pulses, effectively breaking apart darker colors that are able to be absorbed by the body’s immune system. Why is this important? This laser will leave the surrounding tissue intact unlike other methods of removal, allowing for better healing and blending to the surrounding tissue. Points of interest for all tattoo treatments:
- Color does matter: Certain lasers remove certain colors. Also, keep in mind the lighter colors are more difficult to completely remove.
- Treatment quantity: Treatment quantity varies upon patient satisfaction; average for most removals is 3-10, provided every 1-2 months.
- As the old saying goes: “No pain, no gain”: Just as it was uncomfortable to receive the tattoo, there is also discomfort with the removal. To reduce discomfort, topical or local anesthetic is often used just before the procedure, in addition to very cold air blown on the area during treatments.
- Aftercare: Just as you had to care for your skin after receiving the tattoo, it is important to also use proper skincare as directed by your laser provider after each procedure to remove the tattoo for proper healing.
Remember, as a consumer it is imperative you feel comfortable with your provider. We focus on our clients’ comfort, education of treatment, and expected results and confidence in treatment method and provider. Please set up your cosmetic consultation today to start your path towards reducing your unwanted tattoo!