Laser tattoo removal is a tried and tested technique that dates back to the end of the 1960s. While its history doesn’t go as far back as the history of tattooing in human culture, it is a fantastic if relatively new tool in the kit of both tattoo artists and canvases. If you are not happy with a tattoo, you may be considering having the tattoo removed by a technician using a laser. Before you decide whether or not you’ll go through with laser tattoo removal, this is a quick guide to what it can do, how it works, and any potential side effects that you should know about.
Laser tattoo removal is the most effective way of getting rid of old tattoos, whether they no longer feel right on your body or if you want to replace it with a refreshed version of the same artwork. Most tattoos can be completely eliminated, leaving no evidence that they ever existed. Darker tattoos may take several sessions to reduce the ink to a level that is no longer visible, but even these tattoos are no match for the power of laser technology. The exact number of sessions it takes will vary based on the type of ink used, the amount of ink, skin complexion, the age of the tattoo, and how often the treatments are applied.
In most cases, you will see a reduction in the tattoo’s intensity within a few weeks of the first treatment. After a year or so, with treatment roughly every other month, most tattoos are functionally removed. Some lingering ink may be visible after a full course of treatment, but it is typically easy to hide or mask with another tattoo.
The technician uses a small laser that emits a very fast pulse of light that quickly raises the temperature of the targeted area of the skin. The sudden spike in temperature causes the cells containing the pigmented ink to rupture, which allows your body to begin processing out the ink that was previously trapped in the cells. The whole process can be completed in under half an hour, and it is a noninvasive procedure that requires minimal preparation ahead of time.
When you begin the treatment process, you will set up a schedule with your laser tattoo removal specialist. The time between sessions is typically six to eight weeks, but this may vary depending on your specific needs and tattoos. Each time you visit, you will undergo one short session with the laser. Your body will do the rest of the work over time, eventually leading to a tattoo-free location.
Side Effects and Dangers
While lasers in the real-world are typically not the type you see in science fiction, they do transfer energy and can cause damage. The most common side effects are slight pain during the process and discoloration or scarring around the treatment area. The skin around the treatment zone can become irritated and infected, but proper cleaning mitigates the risk. Modern laser tattoo removal techniques specifically target the colors in the pigments of the ink, making them less likely to damage any tissue that doesn’t contain the ink, further reducing the risk. Compared to other methods like dermabrasion, laser tattoo removal is practically free of undesired side effects.
Now You Know About Laser Tattoo Removal
With your newfound knowledge about laser tattoo removal, you should have more tools in your belt for deciding whether or not it’s right for you. If you’re looking for more information, want to schedule an appointment, or are ready to walk in and have a session with a laser tattoo removal specialist, Laser Tattoff is open 5 days a week in Narellan. We’d be happy to answer any questions and help you regain control of your body.