One of the first things you learn about getting a tattoo is that it’s permanent. But with laser tattoo removal, it doesn’t have to be.
Laser tattoo removal gently breaks down the ink in your skin into tiny particles which your body can readily flush away through its lymphatic system. Most people need several sessions to achieve complete tattoo removal.
There are other types of tattoo removal procedures. However, most of these procedures, such as surgical excision, will likely leave you with a scar that’s more unsightly than your unwanted tattoo.
Laser tattoo removal is one of several noninvasive aesthetic treatment services available at Cosmetico MedSpa in Munster, Indiana, and Orland Park, Illinois. Read on as Dr. Nidal Hasan discusses how this innovative procedure works, and explains what you can expect along the way.
What happens during a laser tattoo removal procedure?
First, we analyze your skin and medical history to ensure you’re an ideal candidate for laser tattoo removal. Before the procedure, we give you protective eye shields and apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area to keep you comfortable throughout the process.
Then, we use a specialized handheld laser device to deliver repeated beams of energy to the treatment area. The laser’s energy effectively shatters the ink pigments in your skin without harming your skin tissue itself.
You need several sessions to remove a tattoo entirely; most people require six to 10 laser treatments, with each session spaced six to eight weeks apart. Small tattoos generally require fewer sessions than larger ones. After each session, your tattoo gets visibly lighter.
Things to know about laser tattoo removal
Laser tattoo removal is the gold-standard treatment for tattoo elimination. Here are answers to three of the most commonly asked questions:
1. Is laser tattoo removal safe?
Yes, it’s entirely safe for most skin tones and tattoo types. It’s crucial, however, to visit a licensed and certified provider like Dr. Hasan to prevent complications or scarring.
2. How long does the process take?
The number of sessions required to remove your ink depends on factors such as the size, color, and application technique of your specific tattoo. Depending on the tattoo, each session could range from 20 minutes to longer than an hour.
3. Is the process painful?
Laser tattoo removal feels like a tiny rubber band snapping against your skin. While you may experience some discomfort during the treatment process, we apply a topical numbing lotion to the treatment area before your session begins to ensure your discomfort is minimal.
Taking care of your skin after the procedure
We provide you with detailed guidelines about the best way to take care of your skin after each session. It’s normal for your skin to temporarily look a bit red and inflamed after a laser tattoo removal treatment; you can apply an ice pack to ease these minor side effects.
Avoid exposing the treatment area to sunlight, and wear sunscreen at all times if you’re going to be outdoors and can’t keep the treatment area covered with clothing. Taking proper care of your skin between sessions and in the weeks following complete tattoo removal minimizes the risk of infection and scarring.
Whether you have questions about the laser tattoo removal process or you’re ready to get started, Dr. Hasan and our team at Cosmetico MedSpa can help. Call your nearest location in Munster, Indiana, or Orland Park, Illinois, today, or click online to schedule a visit any time.