Laser tattoo removal is an office procedure that is very effective in reducing unwanted tattoo ink in the treated areas. Tattoo removal is among the fastest growing non-surgical procedure in the United States.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
During the treatment, the laser passes through the skin and targets the tattoo ink to damage it while preserving the skin. The laser targets the pigment particles and causes them to heat up until they break apart into smaller pieces. The small pieces are then removed by your body naturally. For best results, multiple treatments are required.
Why does laser tattoo removal require multiple treatments?
At each session, some of the particles are fragmented into smaller pieces that your body can remove. Not all particles are treated each time, and, thus, require multiple sessions.
Does the laser work on all colors of tattoo ink?
Yes and no…The laser works better on darker colored ink than it does on light colors. Typically, sky blue, yellow and bright greens do not respond as well as black.
Is there any down time?
Laser tattoo removal has minimal downtime and is performed in the office. You should practice sun protection after any laser treatment of the skin.
Who is not a good candidate?
- Someone with recent sun exposure
- Someone who is pregnant
- Someone who is taking medications that make you more photosensitive