Laser Tattoo Removal

What is this?

Tattoo ink lives under the skin which makes it very difficult to remove, requiring multiple laser treatments and, in some cases, surgical removal.

Lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment colors with a high-intensity light beam, causing minimal tissue harm.

Procedure

Generally the procedure is as follows:

You’ll be given a pair of protective eye shields, then the technician will test your skin's reaction to the laser to determine the most effective energy for treatment.   The technician uses the laser to pass pulses of intense light through the top layers of your skin that will be absorbed by the tattoo pigment only.

Smaller tattoos will require fewer pulses while larger ones will need more to remove them. In either case, to completely get rid of a tattoo, it will take several treatments. After each visit, your tattoo should become progressively lighter.

Immediately following the treatment, use an ice pack to soothe the treated area. And apply an antibiotic cream or ointment and bandage to protect it. You should also be sure it’s covered with sunblock when you’re outside.

Recovery

In most cases you may return to work and your normal activities immediately after treatment.  Your doctor will provide you with detailed aftercare  instructions to follow which will include

  • Protecting your skin

  • Normal symptoms to expect

  • Possible signs of complications


It´s very important you follow these precise instructions and be cautious of possible complication symptoms.

 

Side effects you can expect immediately after tattoo laser removal:

 

It´s  normal to feel light pain and discomfort for up to 48 hours immediately after tattoo removal along with blistering, light bleeding and itching.  To help reduce discomfort and inflammation, apply cool compresses as necessary to the treatment site for 24 hours after the tattoo removal. 

 

 The tattoo removal treatment may create a superficial burn wound, and there will be an immediate whitening of the treated area., also immediately after treatment, there may be erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) at the treatment site. These symptoms usually last 24 hours.   A scab will eventually form over the entire area which will fall off in approximately 2 weeks, do not pick at the scab.

You will notice your tattoo gradually disappear after an 8 week period, ,but it´s important to know that recovery varies greatly between patients

Contact the office immediately if you experience prolonged severe pain, spreading redness or oozing.

 

Risks

Fortunately laser tattoo removal complications are very rare.  Specific risks in laser tattoo removal will be discussed by your doctor during your consultation appointment,

Since every procedure always has a risk of complication, the following  are some you must take into account:

  • Hematoma (bruising and blood or fluid accumulation under the skin that may require extraction)

  • Infection or bleeding

  • Different sensation to

  • Scarring

  • Allergies

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Blisters

  • Tattoo may not be completely removable

  • You may end up with hypopigmentation which means the skin that is treated is paler than the surrounding skin or you could also have hyperpigmentation, which leaves the affected skin darker than the rest of your skin.

 

Results

Laser tattoo removal is permanent, but may require 2-12 sessions in order to obtain satisfactory results.