According to the American Society for Dermatological Surgery, the number of people getting tattoos has increased in recent years, so has the number of people wanting to get them removed.
For you who want a tattoo removal there are some things you should know before undergoing laser removal, and that’s why.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser beams use concentrated bursts of energy to heat up the ink beneath the skin, which breaks the ink into smaller particles. Tattoos with different colors might require the use of multiple lasers operating at different frequencies. Those smaller ink particles can then be eliminated naturally by the body’s own immune system.
Will laser treatments completely remove your tattoo?
Your tattoo may not be completely removed. Some colors of tattoo dye resist laser removal, and some pigment is too deep to be reached with the lasers that are currently available. Certain colors may be easier to remove than others. Blue/black tattoos respond particularly well to laser treatment, because they are better at absorbing light. The response of other colors is being studied.
Is laser tattoo removal painful?
People who have tattoos removed have reported varying levels of discomfort. Some said that it feels the same as getting a tattoo, while others liken it to the feeling of a rubber band being snapped against your skin.
You may prefer to use some form of anesthesia, such as a topical cream or local injection, depending on the location of the tattoo and your ability to endure pain.
Is laser tattoo removal safe?
Thanks to newer technology, treatment of tattoos with laser systems has become much more effective, with very little risk of scarring. Laser treatment is often safer than many methods used previously, such as excision or dermabrasion.
Just remember, that this advice is general, and should not replace your doctor’s guidance.
About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
Dr. Vata has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.