Getting a tattoo always seems right at the time, but your personality, lifestyle and preferences can change over time. If you have a tattoo that no longer expresses who you are, Flawless Anti-Aging and Laser Clinic is here to help.
While we believe that discussing your laser tattoo removal during an in-person complimentary consultation is best for you, we also feel that having an idea of how the process works is crucial when making a decision regarding treatment. This is some information to help you decide whether laser tattoo removal will be the right choice for you.
Tattoo removal was once considered a painful and complicated process. Fortunately, thanks to advanced technology, complete and effective tattoo removal is now attainable when performed by a certified professional.
Medical lasers use a beam of light to significantly lighten or completely remove your tattoo. When the ink particles absorb the light from the laser, they are broken up into fragments and then absorbed through your body’s immune system.
Sessions take place around 6-8 weeks apart, this is to give the skin a chance to recover from the treatment, and to allow absorption of the broken-up ink particles. The sessions can be uncomfortable, but you can lessen discomfort by avoiding caffeine, staying hydrated, and having something to eat before your appointment.
Removing a tattoo is a gradual process. The effectiveness of laser tattoo removal relies on your body's natural ability to expel the broken-up ink, which may occur quickly for some people, and more slowly for others.
It's important to know that your tattoo will not simply disappear. Rather, it typically fades over a period of time following each session, which is part of why treatments are generally scheduled every 6 to 8 weeks. An average of 8 to 12 sessions (possibly more) may be required for professionally applied tattoos.
In the case of amateur tattoos, 4 or more treatments are the average. The exact number varies depending on such factors as the age of the tattoo, color of the ink, and what the ink was made from.
You will get the best results from your treatments by following the aftercare instructions given to you by your technician – however, not everyone will react the same to treatment and results can vary from person to person.
"Spectra is clearly the laser of choice for tattoos. Hands down, it is the best laser system when it comes to tattoo removal.”
Kevin Duplechain, MD, FACS
Laser Skin Care of Louisiana, USA