Mistakes and the regret they bring are part of being human. The decision to acquire a new piece of art on your body in the form of a tattoo may seem like a great idea, but you could end up regretting it later. The good news is that now it’s possible to erase those tattoos with laser tattoo removal. This procedure can fade and eventually remove tattoos of any size and with any palette of colors.
At Southeastern Dermatology in Lumberton, we understand that sometimes tattoos can bring about buyer’s remorse. What seemed like a beautiful piece of artwork on your skin when you were 19, may no longer carry the same appeal when you’re older. Led by Dr. Andrew Hendricks, our medical team at Southeastern Dermatology can help give you back your smooth, untouched skin with laser tattoo removal. Contact us to schedule your consultation, and we’ll work with you to restore your skin once and for all.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
Laser tattoo removal isn’t complicated, but you first need to understand how tattoos work to understand how the removal process works.
Tattoos work by inserting ink underneath the epidermis and into the dermal layer of your skin. Modern tattoo techniques use an electric needle that rapidly makes incisions up and down your skin before depositing the ink. Once there, the ink stays for as long as the tattoo remains, which is generally the rest of your life. The body is unable to remove the ink pigments because they are too large, though it’s possible for ink to be removed over time as the pigments naturally dissolve.
Laser removal works by selectively targeting these pigments. High-energy wavelengths of light pass through the epidermis to interact with only the ink pigments. This energy then fragments the ink into smaller pieces that the immune system can remove.
What Influences the Results of Laser Tattoo Removal?
There are a number of factors that can expedite or diminish the results of laser tattoo removal. For example, tattoos from experienced artists may be easier to remove because the ink is distributed at a more even level underneath the skin. There may be less of it, which in turn makes it easier for the procedure to break and the body to remove.
Newer tattoos, for example, may be more difficult to remove. They may take more procedures to remove, fade slower, or make it easier for unwanted side effects like hyperpigmentation to occur. Similar problems may occur when trying to remove tattoos by less experienced tattoo artists.
What Else Should You Know About Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal typically offers the best results when compared to other types of tattoo removal. There are fewer side effects when performed by the right professional, but the chance for them to occur still exists.
You may find that the area where you receive laser tattoo removal is tenderer, has more or less pigmentation than the surrounding skin, or in some rare cases, develops a scar.
While laser tattoo removal tends to offer better results, it may be impossible to completely remove a tattoo from your body. This is a result of different pigments being used that may not respond ideally to treatment and your body’s own natural ability to remove any pigmentation after your laser tattoo removal procedure occurs.