Your tattoo was a great idea when you got it, but today? Not so much. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to stick around forever! Laser tattoo removal is a solution for unwanted, outdated, embarrassing tattoos that you just need gone.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

First, it’s important to understand how getting a tattoo works: the artist injects ink particles under a few layers of your skin cells. The ink is deep enough in your skin that the body can’t remove it naturally, so it appears as a permanent mark. While some people are ultimately happy with their tattoos, not everyone is thrilled with this kind of permanence. Plus, tattoos tend to age poorly through exposure to everyday UV rays, and what may once have been lovely can now appear blurry and faded beyond repair.

Laser tattoo removal works by flashing pulses of intense laser light at the tattoo, targeting the ink particles, which are damaged enough to be broken down and removed naturally by the body’s immune system. Black and blue inks are the easiest to remove. So are tattoos done by an experienced artist because the ink is more likely to be deposited at an even layer in the skin, which is most easily reached by the laser. Larger tattoos with many colors and high ink saturation take longer to remove because the laser has to work harder and take more passes over the skin. However, everyone’s body is different, and it’s best to speak to a laser tattoo removal consultant about your specific situation.

What should I expect from the laser tattoo removal process?

Before the procedure, make sure you’re feeling well and are mentally prepared for the process. Keep your tattoo out of the sun as much as possible for at least four weeks before the procedure, and skip the tanning bed so your skin is in great condition!

Many people compare the feeling of the laser to being snapped with a rubber band, so it’s not exactly comfortable, but it’s also not something to be afraid of. Your consultant will discuss pain relief before the procedure. Afterwards, take it easy and treat the area gently and avoid tight clothes or straps, contact sports that might knock the area, and steam rooms, saunas, and swimming, which could irritate your healing skin. Use an ice pack wrapped in a towel to ease any discomfort– after about 48 hours, the area should feel significantly less inflamed.

How long does laser tattoo removal take?

Technology has advanced to the point where the removal is much simpler and more effective than it’s ever been, but it’s still a gradual process. An average laser tattoo removal session takes just a few minutes, but you need to wait five to eight weeks between sessions to allow your body time to remove the ink particles and heal from the trauma of the laser. It really depends on your skin, your body’s healing ability, and the nature of your tattoo, as all of these factors impact how effective the laser will be, and how much work your body can stand during each session.

Even though you may be dismayed to hear about the gradual nature of the laser tattoo removal process, take heart in the fact that it’s only a matter of time before your skin is back to being ink-free. Your happiness in your skin is worth the investment of time– and there’s no day like today to get started on the journey!  Call Rochester Tattoo Removal today for a free tattoo removal consultation.

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