Wiping the Slate Clean with Laser Tattoo Removal

September 10th, 2015 by Dr. Michael Glass

In recent years, society has become less judgmental of individuals with tattoos. In fact, for Generations X and Y, getting a tattoo to memorialize a special event, experience or person has become far more normal than previous generations. While the social stigma for inked up body parts may be waning, there are still a number of people who regret their permanent art choices made over the years. Tattoo removal has become an increasingly popular option for those now uncomfortable with their ink, with laser tattoo removal one of the most popular choices.

Despite its popularity, laser tattoo removal still can be misunderstood.  Before determining if tattoo removal is the best fit for you and your unwanted ink, it is necessary to first understand how laser tattoo removal works, what the procedure entails and what are the expected results.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Laser tattoo removal is the most effective treatment currently available for the removal of unwanted ink. It works with the help of a powerful laser light that penetrates the skin with short pulses of energy that break-up the embedded ink particles. The shattered ink particles are then ingested by white blood cells and disposed of over time by the body’s immune system. Patients are left with little to no ink under the skin after several treatments.

Laser Tattoo Removal Results

Before and after Tattoo RemovalOnce the ink particles are broken up, your unwanted tattoo begins to fade away. Darker toned tattoos are more easily broken down, while lighter colors of ink take more time. Patients need a number of sessions to see the laser tattoo removal results they desire. Treatments are normally scheduled six to eight weeks apart.

Tattoo removal patients experience a degree of pain during the procedure but with available anesthesia and the advances in laser technology the experience is more comfortable than in the past. Also, updated tattoo removal lasers reduce the potential for scarring with little to no downtime is required after treatment.

Before selecting laser tattoo removal as your choice for removing unwanted ink, it is important to discuss your options with a medical professional who understands the results you are seeking. Not everyone is a candidate for laser tattoo removal, but if you’re wondering can we remove your tattoo, or how laser tattoo removal works, contact us at Esteem Medical Spa for a consultation today.