Getting a tattoo is a permanent decision that should not be done without a lot of thought. More and more people are wishing to get their tattoos removed each year, which has helped make it one of the most popular elective medical procedures in the United States. It is estimated that close to half of people with tattoos will look to get them removed later in their life. If you want to remove one or all of your tattoos, then you cannot go wrong with a laser tattoo removal procedure.
Just about anyone with an unwanted tattoo is a great candidate for laser tattoo removal. Almost every tattoo can be removed with the laser, but we will have to design a unique removal plan based on your tattoos. The older tattoo removal options were effective, but they often left large scars on the body where the tattoo was located. These unsightly old tattoo removal scars can also be eliminated with laser tattoo removal. Once the entire procedure is done, you will never be able to tell that you had a tattoo or scars on your body.
The overall size of your tattoo will determine how many visits it will take to remove it with the laser. Even if your tattoo is extremely large, it we should be able to remove it in no more than 10 sessions. Most normal size tattoos are removable in two to four sessions. Your age and skin tone will also be a factor in determining how many sessions you will need in your laser tattoo removal treatment, but all of this will be discussed in your consultation.
Thanks to the new technology in lasers, everyone is a good candidate for laser tattoo removal. Before we start your first treatment, we will test your skin’s reaction to the laser. Based on this reaction, we will be able to determine the most effective laser energy to use in the treatment. Laser pulses are used to remove the tattoo. You will feel a slight stinging pain during each pulse, but it will go away shortly after the treatment. You may also feel a slight burning sensation on the skin after the treatment, but this will subside after applying an ice pack or an antibiotic cream.
You may still experience some side effects despite being a good candidate for tattoo removal. Just like any medical procedure, there is a slight risk of infection after laser tattoo removal. If you properly take care of the removal site, then you should have nothing to worry about. You may also experience slight pigmentation changes near the treated area. This pigmentation change will result in the skin where the tattoo was located becoming darker or paler than the rest of the skin on your body. Despite these two minor side effects, laser tattoo removal is an extremely safe procedure. There is no need to live with unwanted tattoos when they can be removed so easily without much risk.
If you want to get a tattoo removed or have any questions our doctors and highly trained staff at Southeastern Dermatology Cosmetic Surgery Center will be able to assist you. Contact us today to set up a consultation.