How does the laser work?
Today, lasers are the most effective method of tattoo removal. They work by targeting the ink with pulses of highly concentrated laser energy, breaking the ink into tiny particles, which are then cleared away by your own immune system.
Most people require anywhere from 6-16 tattoo removal treatments. The number of treatments depends upon the ink that was used to create the tattoo. There are no standardized inks. They all vary and may even have fluorescing agents and additives to prolong their color and intensity, requiring more treatments to effectively lighten the tattoo.
What Kinds of Tattoos Can Be Treated?
A tattoo's color, depth, and the chemical composition of the ink all affect how it responds to laser light. Black, red, dark orange, and dark blue tattoos will usually respond to relatively quickly to treatments with our system. However, green, purple, brown, light orange and light blue colors may require more treatments. In general, most tattoos can be successfully treated, given a sufficient number of treatments.
Does it Hurt?
Since the laser light selectively targets the pigment, other tissues remain largely unaffected. Many people compare the sensation of the pulses entering the skin to the snap of a rubber band. To help relieve the sting, numbing cream is available upon request.
What Happens After Treatment?
Immediately after laser exposure, the treated areas may become whitish-colored and swell slightly. This whiteness subsides in about 30 minutes. The swelling may last longer, but can be reduced by cooling the skin with an ice pack. The tattoo or pigmented lesion will fade over the next few weeks.
How Long Does it Take?
Depending on the size, location and color of the tattoo, each treatment usually takes few minutes to 30 minutes. Most tattoos require five treatments or more. Treatments are spaced 6-8 weeks apart to give your body sufficient time to fully eliminated loosened particles of ink or pigment. We suggest to make a FREE consultation to best answer your questions.
Contact us today to come in for a free consultation to discuss cost and length of treatments as the price and time will vary for each individual client.
How many treatments will I need?
While it is true that lasers are used to break up the ink in tattoos and remove them, it is not possible to remove a tattoo in one session. Depending on the size and location of a tattoo, it may take several sessions of laser therapy to completely remove a tattoo. A consultation with a physician who specializes in tattoo removal can easily provide the answers you need.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects are rare. When side effects do occur, the are usually mild and confined to the treated target. Nicole can provide you with complete details when you come in for your initial consultation.