During the laser tattoo removal procedure, a certified laser technician guides a laser over the area of the tattoo. The laser used for the tattoo removal process is a specifically designed Q-switched laser that creates ultra-short pulses of light energy that shatter the ink in a tattoo. Each pulse of energy penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink. As the tattoo ink particles absorb the energy, they heat up and shatter into tiny fragments.
During the weeks following the treatment, the body’s lymphatic system flushes the tattoo ink particles away, lightening the appearance of the tattoo. Since tattoos have multiple layers of ink, the tattoo removal process can range from 5 to 12 treatments and is dependent upon the tattoo size, age, quality, type of ink, depth of ink, and ink density. Smaller or significantly faded tattoos may only need 3 to 4 treatments. It is impossible to know how many treatments a patient will need until we start seeing the rate at which your body flushes away the ink post-treatment.
Laser tattoo removal is a very quick procedure with each treatment typically taking 2-20 minutes, depending on the location and size. At the end of the treatments your skin is left unharmed, and ink-free.
1) Clean the treatment area prior to your appointment.
2) Hair should be removed from the treatment area.
3) Avoid swimming or water soaking activities the day of the appointment.
Aftercare is one of the most important steps during your laser tattoo removal process. Aftercare is necessary to prevent infection and any other unwanted side effects from occurring. If you follow these aftercare instructions, your skin will heal beautifully and leave you with great results.
1) The treated area should be kept clean and dry following a treatment. Patients should also avoid the sun to prevent any pigmentation of the skin. A&D ointment or Aquaphor should be applied to the treated area a minimum of twice daily, and covered with a sterile bandage.
2) Avoid water soaking activites such as swimming, hot tubs, or baths to the treated area. After each shower, make sure to pat dry the area, and bandage the area after applying ointment.