Tattoos have become prolific as a method of personal artistic and ideological expression over the years, as articulated by the fact that at least 40% of young adults have undertaken the feat of turning their skin into a shrine of art within the last decade. Sometimes they are quite meaningful, other times they are simply beautiful. However, as with any other work of art, one may get tired of the tattoo, and thankfully there is an effective method of making that canvas blank again!
WHAT IS LASER TATTOO REMOVAL?
Laser tattoo removal is a method whereby the tattoo ink that has been permanently thrust into the dermis may be eliminated. It is a much safer, less painful, faster, and less damaging alternative to older tattoo removal techniques (including acid removal and dermabrasion). That blank canvas is an attainable dream with this technology!
WHY LASER TATTOO REMOVAL AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Laser tattoo removal is a non-invasive treatment whereby tattoo pigment particles that are stored within the dermis are gradually broken down due to short-pulse laser light, and the smaller particles are eventually processed out by the body’s natural functions. The ink will fragment when it absorbs the wavelengths of light from the laser, after which such fragments will be filtered out of the body.
WHAT CAN THE LASER TREAT?
While a tattoo on any part of the body may be targeted, laser tattoo removal is a precarious treatment, in that multiple unique factors relating to your body’s biology and tattoo will affect the success of treatment and the rate at which success can be attained. These factors include that age of the tattoo (the older the ink, the more treatments will be necessary), the depth of the tattoo (deeper tattoos require more treatments), the type of ink (composition and density of ink affect the effectiveness of treatment), the colors of the ink (multicolored tattoos are more difficult because the laser may not be able to target particular colors; it works best with darker colors), your skin type (darker skin types will likely need more sessions), your body’s immune response (a poor immune response will result in feeble processing of ink particles), and other such factors. Every client’s situation is specially unique, thus a tailored treatment plan will be made to match everyone’s aesthetics goals and needs.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM LASER TATTOO REMOVAL TREATMENT?
It is comforting to know what to expect with a treatment that includes an intense laser, so we have detailed pre- and post- treatment instructions below so our clients can come into their appointments confident and ready.
WHEN WILL I SEE TREATMENT RESULTS?
While clients will be able to almost immediately see the fading of their tattoo post treatment, the coarse recovery process requires patience. After the 1-2 week recovery process, up to 7-8 weeks after the treatment session, further fading will be noted. After the passage of this time ,clients are able to return for their next session because the skin will have healed enough to be able to handle the next round.
WHAT RESULTS SHOULD I EXPECT?
This treatment permanently eliminates targeted tattoo ink, but is not known for completely eliminating tattoos 100%. The gradual process over multiple sessions will actively and visibly make the tattoo fade, and in many cases fade it to the point that it is no longer noticeable or detectable. However, due to the many different types of tattoo inks in the market, inability of the laser to effectively target certain ink colors, different depths of inserted ink, and other such unique factors, most tattoos will be faded about 80-90%. It is important realize that complete removal might not be attainable, but that results will still likely be quite impressive aligned with you aesthetic goals.