When it’s time to remove an unwanted tattoo, laser technology today can be the most effective way to do it. You might be wondering, “does tattoo removal hurt?” and the answer usually is it hurts just about as much as it did when the tattoo got put on. However, it’s the healing process you should be aware of so you can understand the different stages and create a comfortable experience. We’ve discussed the process of laser tattoo removal and what you can expect from the healing process.
How Laser Technology Works To Remove Tattoos
Laser technology works by injecting the skin with an intense nanosecond light to break down the ink particles from the tattoo. When the ink particles are smaller and broken down, the body can more easily remove the pigments. And the best part of laser tattoo removal is the treatments are targeted, so the other areas of your skin will be unaffected. A laser tattoo removal treatment takes a matter of seconds or a few minutes depending on the location and size of the tattoo.
What To Expect After A Laser Tattoo Removal Session
Once you complete a laser tattoo removal session, your skin might appear white and frosted for several minutes. Once this fades, then it could turn slightly red and some clients experience mild swelling as well. Small blisters and minimal bleeding could occur, but these will usually subside on their own after several hours. Your medical professional will suggest tips and medication you can use to manage any pain you could experience. In most situations, you’ll need to rest the treated area for at least 24 hours after the session to prevent any adverse side effects.
Will A Single Treatment Remove A Tattoo?
You should notice some differences in your tattoo after a single treatment. However, in many cases, a single treatment won’t remove the tattoo completely. The reason is because of the different pigments used in tattoo ink that require multiple treatments to break them down. Multiple treatments are usually required and medical professionals suggest waiting at least six weeks between treatments, but this timing can vary among individuals depending on their overall health. Many clients will take weekly photos of their tattoo so they can track their progress and get a better idea of how much longer it will take before the tattoo is completely removed.
Side Effects To Be Aware Of With Laser Tattoo Removal
Side effects are possible with laser tattoo removal treatments, but most of them are minimal if the recommended post-care plan is followed closely. The skin could appear to be red for several days or longer depending on your immune system and your body’s response to the treatment. Swelling is also common immediately following a laser tattoo removal treatment, but this should subside in a matter of hours or a couple of days. Blistering is even possible and is nothing to worry about in most cases. Most of these side effects are normal and should not cause any long-term or short-term issues, especially if you follow the recommended post-care treatment plan.
Tips For Preventing Adverse Side Effects
Scarring and infections are possible, but are rare when you follow the recommendations of your medical professional. The first thing you need to know before even getting laser tattoo removal is to work with a reputable company to perform the treatment. This alone can ensure you minimize the chances of experiencing any adverse side effects. Your medical professional will evaluate your medical history to ensure it’s safe to use laser technology and then provide you with clear after-care guidelines to follow. These guidelines usually include tips like avoiding direct sun exposure after the treatment, keeping the treated area dry and clean, applying a topical ointment as needed, and more. In most situations, the people who experience serious side effects didn’t follow the guidelines recommended by their medical professional or did not use a trustworthy facility.
Always Follow The Guidance Of Your Medical Professional
The main thing to always remember with laser tattoo removal is to follow the guidance of your medical professional. If they tell you ahead of time that you need to avoid sun exposure for a week following your treatment, then plan accordingly and don’t schedule any outdoor vacations during that time. The key to having a quick and effective laser tattoo removal experience is to trust your medical professional and never hesitate to ask any questions if you are unsure what you should or shouldn’t do.
Skin Deep Laser Services is proud to offer the best laser technology to help clients remove their unwanted tattoos. Our goal is to be completely transparent with each client so they feel confident about any procedure they get at our facility. At your initial consultation, we will evaluate your medical history and determine whether laser tattoo removal is right for you. Then we will explain the process in detail and estimate the number of treatments you will need. Once all of your questions are answered, we will move forward with scheduling your treatments.
You’re on your way to having your unwanted tattoo removed, so contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and begin the process!