Lifestyle preferences generally evolve over time. As a result, some people may no longer want a tattoo that they received during an earlier period in their life. A study by the American Academy of Dermatology reported that 17 percent of people with tattoos consider having them removed.In the past, the removal process would often cause scarring that was more unsightly than the tattoo. Now there is good news for individuals who have unwanted body art. New laser tattoo removal techniques can eliminate the design with minimal side effects. Laser tattoo removal is the only clinically proven tattoo removal method that does not cause scarring.
How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
During the tattoo removal process, a high intensity laser light is applied to the subject area of the skin. The ink particles, based on their color, absorb different wavelengths of light. The particles heat up and disperse it into even smaller pieces. In the weeks following the procedure, the body’s immune system absorbs and flushes away these smaller particles. Over a series of treatments, more ink is shattered and the tattoo fades away leaving the skin color free.
What to Expect duringLaser Tattoo Removal
Depending upon the type, size, skin depth and colors of the tattoo, the number of laser treatments will vary. The skin pigmentation of the patient also affects the removal technique. The greater the contrast between the color of the ink and the pigmentation of the skin, the easier the removal process will be. Older tattoos are also easier to remove. Black ink absorbs all wavelengths, which makes it the easiest to treat. Select lasers light wavelengths are used for other colors based on their pigmentation.
The laser is tested to determine the most effective treatment based on the skin’s reaction to the laser pulse. You may feel a slight stinging sensation during the laser pulse. While most patients do not require anesthesia, the physician may use a topical anesthesia cream or local painkiller injection based on the location of the tattoo and your pain threshold. After treatment, an icepack is used to soothe the treated area. You will also be asked to apply a topicalantibiotic ointment or cream to minimize the risk of infection as well as a bandage to protect the treated area of the skin.
Is Laser Tattoo Removal Right for You?
Because every tattoo and individual is unique, the laser removal process must be tailored specifically for each case. It may also be possible to remove tattoos that have not been effectively eliminated by other methods. Schedule a consultation with our team at Breeze Laser Center in Orlando to evaluate your personal situation to see if laser tattoo removal is right for you. We will work with you to determine the safest and most effective treatment plan for your needs.