How Does the Tattoo Removal Process Work?
When a tattoo is applied to the skin, the ink remains in the upper layer. The laser tattoo removal procedure is conducted by directing a beam at the tattoo. The light beam has a reaction with the ink, breaking down the ink under your skin in to small absorbable particles.
How Does the Laser Targeting Make My Skin Feel?
Most patients describe the process as being like a rubber band snapping the skin. In general, about two thirds of patients report that the laser removal process is less painful than getting the tattoo. Individuals who are sensitive to pain, or had difficulties during the application of their tattoo, should talk to Dr. Glass about topical, or injectable anesthetics, at the time of their consultation.
How Safe is the Laser Removal Process?
It is extremely safe as it is a minimally invasive process. Compared to other treatments such as dermabrasion (sanding off the top layer of skin), surgical removal, or chemical peel applications, lasers are much safer as they only target the ink in the tattoo.
What will my skin look like in between treatments?
The treatment area may have a whitish discoloration for several minutes immediately, during, and after a session. Patients may experience reddening of the skin, swelling, pinpoint bleeding, or blistering which may last a few hours or as long as 3 weeks. This is normal as the skin is healing and dispersing the ink to be absorbed by your body’s immune system. As long as you follow the doctor’s post treatment instructions, which include keeping the area clean, applying an antibacterial ointment as directed, aloe, or petrolatum, and keeping out of the sun and away from tanning beds, the healing process should go smoothly.
If you’d like to request a complementary consultation with Dr. Glass and his staff about how laser tattoo removal can help you get rid of an unwanted tattoo, give us a call at (775) 329-3000.