If you have an unwanted tattoo, chances are you have looked into different removal options. Compared to other treatments, laser tattoo removal continues to be one of the safest and most effective removal methods available. In an effort to help you get a better understanding about what laser tattoo removal can and cannot do, we have provided a few insights you should know about this treatment.
Laser Tattoo Removal Can Remove Older Tattoos
There is a notion that older tattoos are harder to remove compared to newer ink; however, the opposite is true. When laser tattoo removal is performed, wavelengths of light are used to target specific pigments in the tattoo’s ink. The ink is then broken into tiny particles which are absorbed by the body. Tattoos naturally fade over time, so older tattoo ink is much easier to remove because part of the laser’s job is already done. Additionally, your tattoo must be fully healed in order to undergo laser tattoo removal which means older tattoos are easier to treat.
Laser Tattoo Removal Results Cannot Appear Overnight
While an individual laser tattoo removal session typically lasts 20 minutes or less, final results will not be noticeable overnight and the overall removal process will take time to complete. When it comes to determining how many laser tattoo removal treatment sessions a patient will require, there are a number of factors to consider including tattoo size, color, depth of ink and age. For the best results, each treatment session is spaced four to six weeks apart from each other which makes removal a gradual process rather than an overnight one.
Laser Tattoo Removal Can Permanently Remove Your Tattoo Ink
During laser tattoo removal, the ink from your tattoo is broken down and absorbed by the body. Because tattoo ink is not a naturally occurring bodily substance, your tattoo will not reappear or rebuild itself after the removal process. However, this does not guarantee that your tattoo will completely disappear because some types of tattoo ink have a harder time responding to treatment.
Laser Tattoo Removal Pre- and Post-Treatment Instructions Cannot Be Ignored
Experiencing side effects after laser tattoo removal is very uncommon and may happen more typically when patients fail to follow pre- and post-treatment instructions. Ignoring proper care guidelines can cause hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, blistering, infection, scabbing or bruising. As always, our licensed providers will provide you with specific instructions and answer any questions you may have in order to make your treatments as smooth as possible.
With laser tattoo removal, your unwanted tattoo can now become a thing of the past. To schedule a complimentary laser tattoo removal consultation, contact Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center today. Also, make sure to follow our medical spa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more tattoo removal and skincare insights.