Many people have gotten tattoos that they later regret. Though tattoos are meant to be permanent, they can be removed at specialized clinics that focus on laser tattoo removal. There are a variety of specialized facilities and the types of procedures. However, these facilities are not as widespread as one would think. If a person has a tattoo they wished to have removed, they should understand the process of how laser tattoo removal works.
Tattoo Removal Lasers use an incredibly focused beam of light to reduce the appearance of the ink’s pigment. The ink is reduced to tiny fragments and the body will naturally flush out the particles later. However, complete removal cannot be accomplished in a single session. It takes many weeks to complete the process and it requires time in between laser sessions to allow the body to heal. The body needs time to flush out the fragments of pigment. However, there is also no need to worry about possible skin damage from the intense laser. The machines and lasers have become so refined that there is no chance of the skin becoming damaged later. Scarring rarely occurs. However, if the tattoo already has scarring features, those will remain.
Another common question people have when inquiring about laser tattoo removal is about pain. They want to know how painful the experience is. The experience has been equated to a rubber band snapped on the skin and so has no significant pain. Though each patient will experience the sensation of the laser differently, it is generally not considered painful. However, if a patient begins to feel the Q-switched laser is too intense, the person doing the tattoo removal should provide a cooling agent or a topical numbing cream.
People are also often curious about how many sessions will be required to remove the tattoo completely. This is entirely dependent on the size of the tattoo as well as the skin type, the age of the tattoo and what kind of ink was used. Many tattoos that were done at home only take 1 to 6 sessions to remove completely. However, those done by a professional may require up to ten sessions to remove completely. The process is time intensive however because each treatment is set 6 to 12 weeks apart. It is also important to note that it can be dependent on the facility since each facility has different procedures. The body often needs up to a year to completely remove the ink. The skin requires time to heal between the treatments, which is why professionals recommend setting appointments twelve weeks apart, depending on the complexion. Those seeking to remove their tattoos quickly should understand the inherent risks of stacking treatments close together. When a person does too many sessions too quickly, the body does not have time to remove them in which can cause skin damage and permanent effects.
One should also recognize the difference between lasers. Each laser uses a different wavelength to treat the different colors of the tattoo. The laser technology has advanced rapidly in the past few years. Many lasers have three different wavelengths depending on the colors that need to be removed. Though the process will still require a number of sessions to complete the process, the tattoo removal has greatly improved.