Nearly one-third of Americans have a tattoo. Eventually, one-quarter of these people will or currently regret getting one. Breakups, poor quality, or concerns with your professional appearance can cause most of your regret. What might have seemed like a great idea at one time, now might not fit your current circumstances. Instead of trying to cover up your tattoo with clothing or concealing makeup, laser tattoo removal may be the answer you are looking for.
What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Multiple lasers are used in the process of removing a tattoo because different wavelengths of light are needed depending on the colors used in the tattoo. The laser removes the tattoo ink in your skin by breaking down its pigment molecules into minuscule pieces. These pieces are cleared away by your immune system. It is considered an invasive procedure.
Depending on the practitioner, you may need to commit yourself to the removal process for up to one or two years. Of course, this depends on the size, complexity of colors in your tattoo, and your body’s healing process. During the length of the process, your laser treatments will occur every 6, 8, or 12 weeks. After each treatment, you should see that your tattoo is becoming progressively lighter.
Will This Process Completely Remove Your Tattoo?
The process of removing a tattoo with a laser is not like a magic eraser. You may not get complete removal of your tattoo. However, if you have your tattoo removal performed by a doctor who is experienced in the process, you can expect to have at least a 90 percent clearance of your tattoo. You should be aware that some people do experience scarring. Your doctor can recommend how to minimize scarring.
A professionally done tattoo with multiple colors will be more difficult to remove than an amateur tattoo that has been done in black ink. Older tattoos are also easier to remove because your body may have already begun to naturally break down the ink. It is difficult to completely remove purple, yellow, and white ink. Blue and green ink is a little easier than those colors to remove but can still be challenging. The color of your skin may also affect how much of the tattoo will be removed.
Are There Any Possible Complications?
You should be aware that like all other cosmetic procedures, there is a risk of infection with laser tattoo removal. The laser does break the surface of the skin. During the procedure, it is common to experience some minor bleeding and pain. Some practitioners will numb the area being lasered with a lidocaine injection; especially if you are having a large tattoo removed.
After the procedure, you may experience swelling, pain, and skin discoloration. Your doctor will instruct you on what you can do to relieve your symptoms and reduce your risk of infection.
Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Can Help!
Not all laser tattoo removals require years of invasive treatments. Contact the Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery for more information about our PICO Enlighten(R) process. We can now remove more pigment in four to six sessions without breaking the skin. Contact us to learn more about this life-changing procedure and schedule your appointment.