Tattoo Laser Removal

What is a tattoo removal?

Tattoo removal with laser is a highly effective, non-surgical procedure, which allows the removal of unwanted tattoos from your body. This treatment is done in several sessions, which obtains quick and satisfactory results without harming any adjacent tissue, only what you want.

What does this procedure consist of?

Technological advancements have allowed the construction of new laser equipment, such as the Q Switched Neodymium-YAG, which is mostly used to treat melanocitic, epidermal and dermal lesions as well as the removal o tattoos of any kind. The device transmits a beam of infrared light at 1.064 or 532 nm, towards the pigment without harming the skin.

The complete procedure is comprised of the previous disinfection of the skin, then local topical anesthesia which can be infiltrative or cryo-analgesic through a cold spray that temporarily reduces pain, and finally the laser treatment is done. The laser removes the ink thanks to the high energy light beam. The beam emits one or more light wavelengths, which are absorbed, reflected or the go through the surface they are pointed to.

The ink of the tattoos is removed by using a wavelength which is absorbed by it. This will cause the ink to be diluted and then flushed by the body naturally. The laser emits tiny flashes of light called pulses. The impact they cause is minimal, and most patients do not feel any pain at all during the treatment.

The amount of sessions needed to complete the treatment will depend on several factors. Some of them are the ink with which the tattoo was made and the depth of it. The sessions will be done every thirty days, unless told otherwise.

There are some colors that are more easily removed, and others which are more difficult. Colors on the ranges of blue, red and black are easy to remove; whereas those on the ranges of orange, green and yellow are more complicated.

Am I a good candidate?

A good candidate is a person who is in great health and is completely certain that he or she wants to proceed with the treatment, always having clear and realistic goals towards the improvement of their skin.

How is the recovery?

After the session, you will notice some points of blood on the area treated, this is a normal consequence of the treatment. The doctor will immediately apply a sanitizer cream and bandages. The area must be kept clean, with continuous applications of medications indicated by the doctor. You will be able to bathe yourself the next days, keeping in mind you mustn’t touch the area treated.

Posterior curation must be done three times a day, with antibiotic creams and, of course, sunscreen. Both the frequency and the amount of sessions will depend on the size of the tattoo and the type of pigments used. This treatmentis definitely the best way to remove a tattoo fast and effectively.

What are the risks?

The potential risks of the treatment are burns, hyper-pigmentations, hypo-pigmentations, blisters, edemas or scars. Even though these are the possible risks, they are extremely rare.

How long do the results last?

In most of the cases a 95% percent removal of the tattoo has been achieved, with almost no trace on the treated area. Nevertheless, you must be aware that there are inks which are not authorized by health care authorities. Not knowing which kind of ink has been used or the depth of the tattoo will make it difficult to predict how much will be removed. Anyways, once the treatment is completed, the results will be permanent.

What do I need to get the treatment done?

You must not have been overexposed to the sun or extremely tanned nor have any burns in the area to be treated. You cannot get the treatment done if you have had the tattoo done less than a month ago.