What is Tattoo Removal?
Tattoo removal involves the use of laser energy to penetrate the skin and shatter tattoo pigment. Black pigment is the easiest to treat because it absorbs all wavelengths, however, lighter pigments can still be faded with laser treatments. Different techniques can be used depending on the location of the tattoo, the pigment, and your skin tone.
Tattoo Removal Candidates
Those who are bothered by the appearance of a tattoo can benefit from laser tattoo removal. Those with lighter skin tones and darker tattoo pigment will find the most effective results from laser tattoo removal. However, advanced lasers can now treat those with dark skin tones and prove effective at shattering many common tattoo pigments, they might just require more treatment sessions.
Before laser tattoo removal, you will be given eye protection if the laser will be near your face. The appropriate laser will then be used to send pulses of light deep into the skin. Smaller tattoos will need fewer pulses to treat, so the duration of your treatment process will depend on the size of your tattoo. Much like the actual tattooing process, the discomfort you experience during treatment will depend on the location of your tattoo and your tolerance, however, most patients do not require any anesthesia. Several treatment sessions will be necessary for significant fading or near-complete removal of the tattoo.
Recovery and Results
After laser tattoo removal, you will experience some swelling, redness, itching, and possible blistering in the treated area. It is important to follow all post-treatment instructions including how to clean the area to ensure proper healing and reduce your risk of infection.
With optimal treatment session, patients find that their tattoos have faded significantly, and in some cases are removed completely. The results of laser tattoo removal are permanent.
For more information on tattoo removal, contact Skin Care of Arizona today. We can provide you with more information or schedule your consultation with an experienced laser technician.