Laser Tattoo Removal
Why Laser Tattoo Removal?
Many people have second thoughts about their tattoos. For some people it is the memory of an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend whereas others want a clean slate for a new tattoo. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with your decision forever. For many years we used the VersaPulse® laser to successfully lighten or remove tattoos by pulsing light on the ink particles. In 2016 we upgraded our technology to the PicoWay Laser.
Tattoo Removal with PicoWay Laser
The PicoWay represents a giant leap forward in treating tattoos. This laser emits a beam of light that shatters the ink into tiny pieces that are absorbed harmlessly by the body. All this can be accomplished without damaging the surrounding tissue. The biggest advantages of the PicoWay laser is that it can remove tattoos in fewer treatments and with less risk.
Other lasers emit a light beam of only one color of light. This meant that doctors sometimes needed as many as four different lasers to treat multicolored tattoos. With the PicoWay Laser and our alexandrite laser we can treat the full spectrum of tattoo ink, even the most stubborn green ink.
How Laser tattoo removal works
Lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment colors with a high-intensity light beam. Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, making it the easiest color to treat. Other colors can only be treated by selected lasers based upon the pigment color.
What to expect during laser tattoo removal?
You’ll be given a pair of protective eye shields, The technician will then test your skin’s reaction to the laser to determine the most effective energy for treatment. The laser pulses intense light through the top layers of your skin that will be absorbed by the tattoo pigment only.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments is dependent on the complexity of the individual’s tattoo. Age, size, and color(s) of your tattoo, as well as the color of your skin is also an important factor, along with how deep the tattoo pigment goes.
Is Laser Tattoo Removal painful?
Laser tattoo removal is uncomfortable, but not necessarily painful. We do offer either topical anesthetic or local anesthesia or a combination of both to make our patients feel comfortable.
Laser tattoo removal before and after
Recovery after treatment
Following the treatment, use an ice pack to soothe the treated area. And apply an antibiotic cream or ointment and bandage to protect it. A good idea is to also cover with sunblock the treated area when you’re outside.
The Doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for the treated area before leaving the office.
Laser tattoo removal side effects
Laser tattoo removal is the most effective method of removing tattoos with the most minimal amount of risks, However some common side effects include:
- Risk for infection
- Slight chance that you will have a permanent scar
- Your tattoo might not be completely removed
- You may end up with hypopigmentation, which means the skin that is treated is paler than the skin surrounding it or Hyperpigmentation, which leaves the affected skin darker than the rest of your skin.
Schedule a consultation
We offer complimentary consultations to discuss each person’s needs, call us today 925.838.4900 to schedule a physical exam.