How Tattoo Removal Really Works?
Getting tattoos is uncomfortable, but so is tattoo removal. It’s best if you don’t go off getting someone’s name tattooed on you who you may not be with for long. The tattoo is a reminder you probably don’t want a relationship that was a mistake. Fortunately, modern advances in aesthetic science have made tattoo removal somewhat less uncomfortable than it once was, and less intensive of a procedure. That doesn’t mean you should get a tattoo in the first place without serious consideration, though. However, if you do decide your tattoo needs to be removed, here’s how it’s done (so you know what to expect).
How Tattoo Removal Works
Today, tattoos are removed with lasers. The laser is applied in tiny pulses of powerful light. The pulses don’t last long, but they have a similar feeling to being splattered with a speck of grease while cooking or being snapped with a rubber band. It doesn’t hurt, but it’s not a great feeling, either. Knowing what it will feel like ahead of time makes it easier. Also, your aesthetician will do everything he or she can to make you as comfortable as possible during the procedure. It is often recommended to take Tylenol before the procedure to make it more comfortable. Aspirin and aspirin-like products are not recommended because they can cause severe bruising.
Laser Light and Tattoo Colors
Black is the easiest tattoo color to remove because it absorbs all of the wavelengths of the laser. Other colors require specialized laser lights to remove because they only absorb part of the wavelengths of a regular laser. The type of laser used will be based on the color being removed, and some tattoos may require several lasers to completely come off of your skin. It usually takes more than one treatment, too. The laser light loosens the tattoo pigments through dermabrasion, then the body’s natural immune responses gradually remove those pigments over the next few weeks. Eventually, the tattoo is no longer there.
Post-Removal Care and Potential Side Effects
Proper care of the treatment area is important and should continue until it’s healed. Fortunately, it’s easy to do. Here’s the post-removal care routine:
- After a treatment session, the doctor dresses the treated area with an antibacterial ointment and some kind of bandage dressing.
- You’ll be given instructions to keep the area clean and to keep applying the ointment until your doctor says it’s okay to discontinue it.
- You can shower or bathe the day after your treatment as long as you don’t scrub the treated area.
Some side effects from tattoo removal can occur. These are rare and are generally temporary, but include scabbing, redness, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, infection, and scarring.
At Laser-Clinique, we’ve performed over 5,000 tattoo removals. If you’d like to schedule your free consultation for this procedure, please call us today!