Although a tattoo looks like a simple painting on the skin, it’s actually a series of ink deposits placed deep into the skin – designed to last forever. The reality is that thousands of people decide to remove their tattoos each year because the designs are no longer relevant to their lifestyle. Lasers are the safest and most effective way to erase unwanted tattoos.
How does tattoo removal work?
Color specific energy is applied to the tattooed area of skin. The ink located in the second layer of your skin absorbs the energy and breaks the ink up into smaller particles. Then, these particles are absorbed and processed out by your body’s natural filtering system. In most cases, the tattoo will be completely gone in 8 treatments but some professional tattoos may require up to 12 treatments or more.
What colors can the laser remove?
Most colors can be fully removed and all will fade significantly. Black, dark blue and red will resolve the quickest. Oranges and purples usually fade. Light blue, green and yellow are the most difficult to remove and will require more treatments to produce significant fading.
Does it hurt?
Most patients do not experience a large amount of discomfort. For those more sensitive patients, we offer the option to purchase numbing cream that can be applied prior to treatment. Redness, scabbing and blistering are common side effects of laser removal. However, if you follow the aftercare guidelines given to you by your technician, your skin should heal within 5-7 days.
When will I see results?
Typically, you will see results after 6 weeks. You have to give your body time to naturally get rid of the broken ink particles.