How Laser Tattoo Removal works

Many people get tattoos in their teenage and it is often something that they feel they have outgrown and do not need anymore. Tattoos have long been renowned for their permanence- however this permanence is a double-edged sword in that you may no longer feel positively towards the tattoo. In such a case, you would just want it to go.

tattoo removalsThe top causes for wanting to have a tattoo removed are that you may feel embarrassed because of the tattoo, you are hindered to wear certain clothes, and it signifies a life experience that you no longer want to associate with, your new job or significant life events.

Luckily, laser tattoo removal is available for you to start over your life. The number of treatments that you require would vary depending on the size and color of your tattoo. It may take two to four visits if it is of small to normal size.

It would normally take you two to four days if the tattoo is of a normal size. This is what you can expect during the treatment.

  • You would be given protective shields to protect your eyes
  • Your skin’s reaction to laser would be tested to determine the most effective energy level for tattoo removal
  • In the treatment, a hand piece would be placed against the surface of your skin to activate laser light. Mild pain would be experienced- each pulse feels like the snapping of a rubber band against the skin.
  • Small tattoos require fewer pulses while large require more. It takes several treatments and multiple visits for the tattoo to disappear; however, with each visit it does become lighter.
  • Following the treatment, you are required to apply an ice pack in the treated area to soothe the skin. You are also asked to apply a topical antibiotic cream or ointment. A bandage or patch is used to protect the site and the area is covered with sun block when exposed to the sun.

Normally anesthetics are not required for this procedure. However, if you feel that, you have a low threshold for pain or if the tattoo is positioned at a strategic location, you can choose to take a topical anesthesia cream or pain killer injections.


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