It is estimated that close to 10% of the U.S. population has some form of tattoo. Eventually, as many as 50% of them want to have them removed.
There is good news for those who have an unwanted body design. New laser removal techniques can eliminate your tattoo with minimal side effects.
Here's how it works: the laser breaks up the colored pigment of the tattoo with a high-intensity light beam. Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, making it the easiest to treat. Other colors can only be treated by selected lasers based upon the pigment color.
Each tattoo is unique so the removal process must be tailored to suit each individual case. Patients with previously treated tattoos may also be candidates for laser therapy. Tattoos that have not been effectively removed by other treatments or through home remedies may respond well to laser therapy providing that prior treatments did not result in excessive scarring.
Depending on the size and color of the tattoo, the number of treatments will vary. The tattoo may be removed in as little as two to four visits. When a consultation is scheduled a trained professional will evaluate your personal situation and advise you on the process.
The color of the patient's skin, as well as the depth to which the tattoo pigment extends will affect the removal technique. Treatment with the laser varies from patient to patient depending on the age, size, and type of tattoo (amateur or professional).
The following is typical of an office visit for laser tattoo removal:
Most patients do not require any anesthesia. However, depending on the location of the tattoo and the pain threshold for the patient, the physician may elect to use some form of anesthesia (topical anesthesia cream or painkiller injections at the site of the procedure).
There are minimal side effects to laser tattoo removal. However, you should consider these factors in your decision:
Thanks to new technology, laser tattoo removal has become much more effective with very little risk of scarring. Laser treatment is often safer than many traditional methods such as excision, dermabrasion or salabrasion (using moist gauze pads saturated with a salt solution to abrade the tattooed area) because of its unique ability to selectively treat pigment involved in the tattoo.
In many cases, certain colors may be more effectively removed than others. It is known that blue/black tattoos respond particularly well to laser treatment.
Remember, the information provided here is designed to provide general information only and is not a replacement for a doctor's advice. For details pertaining to your specific case, please arrange a consultation.
Feel free to contact us - in person, by phone or via e-mail if you have any further questions and to schedule an appointment.
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