At one point in your life, you decided that a tattoo was a good idea. You may have gone with one tattoo or an extensive network of body art. Regardless of what kind of tattoo you have, or how many, there may come a time when you might no longer find your body art to be so appealing. When you want your body to be a blank canvas again, you have alternatives for tattoo removal. While surgery is possible, it can leave scarring. Laser tattoo removal is the safest and most effective way to say goodbye to your tattoos.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
When you opt for laser tattoo removal, pulses of laser light are directed toward your tattoo at various wavelengths. The beams are of high intensity, safely passing through the top layers of your skin. As they pass through your skin, they break up the pigment that was injected at the time you received your tattoo. Once the pigment breaks up, it is eventually absorbed by your body, thanks to a healthy immune system.
Depending on the intricacy and extent of your tattoo, you may need to have several treatments to ensure that you have the best results from laser tattoo removal. You’ll discover that black pigment is the easiest to remove and may require fewer sessions while multi-colored tattoosare more involved.
What to Expect During Laser Tattoo Removal
When you choose laser tattoo removal, expect anywhere from two to four treatment sessions as a general rule of thumb. You may need multiple sessions if you have a very complex tattoo or numerous tattoos. Your natural skin tone and the penetration of pigment in your skin will be taken into consideration as well.
When you go in for your treatment session, your eyes will be protected. A skin test will be performed to make adjustments to the intensity of the laser light before the removal process begins. Each time that the laser light is directed to your skin with a handheld device, you will feel brief discomfort. You might compare it to the snap of a rubber band. Your tattoo will lighten during treatment until it eventually fades away.
Caring for the Site of Laser Tattoo Removal
Once your treatment session is complete, an ice pack will be applied to cool your skin and relieve anydiscomfort that you may feel. You will also be prescribed an antibiotic ointment or cream that should be applied to the area that has been treated to minimize the risk of developing a skin infection. Immediately after treatment, the skin should be covered with a bandage. Some redness, peeling, and flaking of skin is common in the days that follow. When you go out in the sun, be sure to cover the treated area with sunscreen to avoid a sunburn. You will be given a break between sessions to allow the pigment to break up and heal your skin.
If you are interested in laser tattoo removal, our team at Breeze Laser Center can help. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that is right for you. Contact Breeze Laser Center today to schedule your consultation.