Laser Tattoo Removal
Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to remove your tattoo using alternative methods, there are several procedures, including dermabrasion, skin graft, surgical excision, cryosurgery, and several other procedures. Unlike lasers, these alternate procedures are complex, risky, and pose significant side effects.
There are also topical creams and injectable solutions that can be used to remove tattoos. Although this may seem like a cheaper option at first, topical creams and injectable solutions have proven to be ineffective, with serious side effects to the target area.
You can also choose not to remove your tattoo but rather cover it with a new tattoo.
Like any other treatment, laser tattoo removal may present some side effects. However, the side effects are minimal, especially compared to alternative treatment methods. The side effects also vary from one individual to the next. If any side effects present after treatment, they may include negligible bleeding, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, sensitivity, infection, mild swelling, reddening of the skin, and blistering, among others. Some side effects, such as infection, can be avoided by following the aftercare instructions provided by your specialist. Most of the side effects subside after two or more days, and others may take a few weeks to disappear. The good thing is these side effects are minor, and they do not interfere with your activities.
Depending on the color, depth, and size of your tattoo, you may require numerous treatments to remove your tattoo effectively. Laser tattoo removal sessions are usually spaced seven or eight weeks apart to allow the treated area time to recuperate and to allow the lymphatic system time to eliminate all the disintegrated pigment particles.
On average, one may require up to six or more sessions to completely remove your tattoo. The more variables affecting your tattoo removal, the more sessions you’ll require to eliminate it.
The high-intensity light emitted by lasers targets the tattoo pigment while causing minimal disturbance to the surrounding tissue. This means that you may experience some discomfort during tattoo removal. To prevent this discomfort, we apply topical anesthesia to the target area.