Laser Tattoo Removal
Tattoos have become increasingly popular throughout the years and have always been thought of as permanent. However, there are some options for removing tattoos, such as excision, dermabrasion, and acid treatments. Unfortunately, most of these procedures are associated with scarring and are not very effective in completely diminishing the appearance of tattoos. Thankfully, due to advancements in plastic surgery procedures and laser technologies, patients can get rid of their tattoos with less pain and no incisions. Laser technology offers little to no risk of harming the skin and is extremely effective in removing tattoos.
How Can Tattoo Removal Help?
- The MedLite C6 laser technology is used to remove tattoos and is safe to use on a wide spectrum of colored inks and on light and dark skin types.
- The laser emits a powerful beam of specialized light that targets the ink particles in the skin and breaks them down into small microparticles.
- Photoacoustic laser pulses target the pigment to help break them down into even smaller particles.
- The body will naturally absorb the microparticles and eventually clear them away.
Dr. O’Toole will provide you with specific instructions on postoperative care and how to reduce the risk of infection. Patients can go back to normal activities and work immediately following treatment.
Every tattoo removal treatment is individualized to the patient, and the cost will vary based on the severity of removal needed, the tattoo color, and the number of treatments needed to achieve full results.
Most patients experience minimal to no pain, but discomfort levels will depend on the severity of the removal needed. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication.
There may be some scarring that will eventually fade and become less noticeable, if even visible at all.
Depending on the number of treatment sessions needed, results can be immediate to gradual. Most patients will need to undergo five to 15 treatment sessions before results become fully apparent.
Q. Who is a good candidate for tattoo removal?
Someone who wants to have a tattoo removed for personal or professional reasons may be an ideal candidate for tattoo removal. It is important that patients are in good health and do not have any skin conditions. Patients should be realistic in their expectations and be undergoing the treatment for themselves.
Q. Can tattoo removal be combined with other procedures?
Many people decide to undergo other procedures while undergoing tattoo removal. They may choose to undergo skin treatments such as laser skin resurfacing to get rid of blemishes or scars.
Q. What are the risks and complications of tattoo removal?
As with any treatment, laser tattoo removal can pose some risks and complications, such as:
Q. How many laser tattoo treatments will I need?
The number of laser treatments needed will vary between patients. The number of sessions will depend on the patient’s skin pigment, the size of the tattoo, and whether the tattoo has any coloring. Black and blue tattoos are often the most responsive and require fewer treatments, as they tend to quickly absorb nearly all laser wavelengths. During a consultation with Dr. O’Toole, you can find out how many laser treatments you will need based on your tattoo type and goals.