Tattoos have become very popular in recent years. After getting tattoos many people later want to have them removed. Previously, tattoo removal was not possible without surgery, which left scars. With the advent of new Laser technology it has become possible to remove tattoos without painful surgery, safely and easily. In most cases it can be done without leaving a scar.
Modern Lasers are designed to amplify different wavelengths of light. Light is absorbed by the pigment in the Tattoo. The pigment is broken up by the energy of Laser treatment. The broken up particles are then reabsorbed and eliminated by the body’s natural elimination mechanisms. The pigmented area then fades naturally over the next several weeks following treatment.
Yes. Others options including surgery, dermabrasion and chemical peels. These are invasive treatment methods. Laser treatment is most likely to leave the skin surface uninjured and least likely to leave scars. Added advantages of Laser treatment are its quickness and safety.
Following treatment you may experience redness, irritation, swelling and a burning sensation. All these symptoms are temporary and can be controlled with treatment. You will be expected to avoid exposure to sunlight and to use and effective sun-screen following treatment.
The time spent in treatment varies with the size of the tattoo. There is very little discomfort. Those who require it can request a topical local anesthetic half an hour prior to treatment to reduce discomfort. Treatment with Laser is described by most patients as a rubber band snap. The difference is that the rubber band snap sensation can last several seconds, but a Laser pulse sensation lasts only a fraction of a second.
Tattoos vary in their appearance and intensity due to the type of pigment and ink used in tattooing. The results of treatment therefore vary with the type of ink one is attempting to remove.