As many as half of the people who get tattoos will later have regrets to the point that they are likely to explore removal options. This leads to questions about available removal options and, in turn, which of those options are the best. Laser tattoo removal has risen to the top of the list of choices that offer the best chance of success with the least amount of side effects. Removal creams are available, but are relatively ineffective.
Dermabrasion, a method by which the top layers of the skin are removed with the hope that the new skin that grows back will no longer have the tattoo, is limited in its success rate as well. All too often, tattoo removal methods run the risk of leaving the skin so scarred that it looks worse than leaving the tattoo in place. Laser tattoo removal offers new hope.
Laser tattoo removal works by using high-intensity light to break up the pigments of the tattoo. While each tattoo is different and each individual is different, the exact laser settings used will be customized for the person. This usually begins with some testing of the skin to determine how it will respond. The color of the tattoo is a large factor in choosing the right laser settings as well.
Just before the treatment begins, the patient’s eyes will be covered as a way of protecting the eyesight against the effects of the laser. The instrument is then turned on and activated. Patients often describe the feeling as that of the skin being snapped with a rubber band. Most patients do not require any anesthesia.
Depending on the size of the tattoo and the depth of the ink, it will likely take several treatment sessions to complete the process. Spreading the removal procedure over multiple treatments is another way of minimizing discomfort. Treatments will typically be scheduled between six and eight weeks apart, and the tattoo should appear lighter with each treatment.
Following treatment, the affected area should be cared for in the same manner as taking care of a sunburn. An ice pack may be used in the minutes immediately following each treatment to make the treated area more comfortable.
Individuals who have previously tried other removal methods without success can likely still be good candidates for laser tattoo removal. The best way to determine your candidacy is to visit Bella Tu Med Spa in Nyack or Goshen. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation to learn more.