Laser Tattoo Removal: Everything You Need to Know

Tattoos are one of the most popular forms of body modification in modern society. They allow for self-expression and exist on many people as an important imprint of memory or story. However, some people experience lapses in judgment. Today, the tattoo you didn’t think all the way through can be removed through laser tattoo removal services. Although the idea of a laser touching your skin may feel scary, this modern procedure allows you to safely and effectively remove an unwanted tattoo.

The Procedure

You may be wondering how exactly laser tattoo removal works. In basic terms, a laser is used to break up tattoo ink particles. Throughout the procedure, the ink comes up through the surface of the skin. The ink remaining in the skin breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces during treatments. Eventually, the particles break up enough until they are no longer visible. The technical term for how the procedure works is the theory of selective photothermolysis. A specific wavelength of light and pulse duration targets the tattoo, which is heated to a point of destruction.

What to Expect During Treatment

Laser tattoo removal is no more uncomfortable than getting your tattoo in the first place. However, little discomfort should be expected. Fortunately, there are many methods that will minimize any pain including numbing cream. Your experience may also depend on the size and location of your tattoo. Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others. In situations where a professional anticipates major discomfort, a local anesthetic may be used.

What to Expect After Treatment

After treatment, its common to experience redness, swelling, and bruising on and around the tattooed area. Blistering and crusting are also possible. Professionals often recommend regular application of ointment (like Aquaphor) and covering the area with bandages until fully healed. It’s important to keep in mind that you will have to wait until you heal before getting inked again. Generally, it takes one to four weeks depending on the size and location of the tattoo.

How Many Sessions Does It Take to Remove My Tattoo?

Although it often depends on the practice you choose for your procedure, treatments often range between 6 to 12. A professional will give you a close estimate of the number of sessions required. Also, keep in mind the process differs depending on your tattoo. While your sister may have gotten her tattoo removed in two sessions, your tattoo may require more. Color plays a part in determining how many sessions you’ll need. Blue and green tattoos are typically the easiest to remove.

What are the Risks of Laser Tattoo Removal?

If your procedure is performed by experienced cosmetic specialists, risks are rare and short-lived.

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