Patients get tattoos for a variety of reasons, and while they are meant to last forever, some patients eventually decide that a tattoo no longer suits them. Rather than live with regret, they elect to undergo laser tattoo removal at Skin Spectrum. Our certified medical laser technicians have extensive experience in aesthetic laser treatments, and they are trained to put unwanted tattoos safely and effectively in the past.
HOW DOES THE LASER WORK?
The Spectra™ Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser emits short, high-intensity pulses of light. A specific wavelength of light targets a particular color of tattoo ink, which is readily absorbed by the ink’s pigment. The light breaks down the pigment into small particles that the body eventually absorbs, and since the pulses target only the tattoo ink, the surrounding tissue remains unharmed.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Each pulse of the laser creates a stinging sensation, but anesthetic makes the experience tolerable. To minimize discomfort, our laser technicians can apply a topical numbing agent or inject a local anesthetic prior to treatment. Swelling and blistering are common following treatment, and usually resolve within five to 10 days. After the treatment area heals, the site may appear pink or red for slightly longer. You should avoid sun exposure during the healing process.
HOW MANY TREATMENT SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
While most tattoos begin to fade after a single treatment, laser tattoo removal is a gradual process that requires a series of treatments. Depending on the size, depth, colors, and type of ink used, you may need four to 10 treatments spaced four to eight weeks apart. Some tattoos cannot be removed completely, but most can be lightened significantly. During your consultation, one of our dermatology experts will assess your tattoo and advise you as to how many treatments might be necessary and what outcome you might expect.