Get Rid of That Tattoo With Tattoo Laser Removal
How Does Laser Tattoo Therapy Work
Laser tattoo removal is the most effective way to remove unwanted tattoos. The lasers produce short bursts of light that penetrate the skin to convert the tattoo’s pigments into smaller parts. The immune system then removes the color pigments from the body.
The number of treatment sessions needed to remove the tattoo depends on the depth of the ink and the type of ink. The session itself may last only a few minutes. Most people require more than one session. The procedures are usually spaced two to three weeks apart. The time between the sessions gives the body enough time to remove the pigmentation residue.
Who is a Candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal therapy is not an ideal treatment for everyone. The location of the is an important fact in success of the removal. Tattoos located on the ankles, fingers and other areas of the body where there is little body fat are difficult to remove. The best candidates have tattoos on their legs, chest, arms or buttocks.
Certain colors are harder to remove and may require multiple treatments. Red, black, purple, orange and dark blue inks are the most responsive to treatment. Several treatments may be necessary to remove yellow and green ink.
All skin types can undergo laser hair removal. However, the best results are seen on people with fair skin and tattoos that have dark ink. It is important that patients who want their tattoos removed be of good health. People with certain medical conditions and photosensitive skin are not good candidates for this procedure.
Tattoo Removal Aftercare and Side Effects
After the procedure, ice is applied to reduce the swelling. After 30 minutes, an antibacterial ointment is put on the treated area which is then covered by a sterile dressing. Patients should be careful not to get the skin wet for a couple of days. Side effects can include some discomfort during the procedure. Scarring, changes in the skin’s pigmentation and skin blistering can also occur.
Costs of the Procedure
The cost of laser tattoo removal varies. Factors that influence the cost include where a patient has the procedure done and the amount of treatments that are required. It should be noted that tattoo removal is considered a cosmetic procedure. Because of this, most insurance companies will not cover the cost.