Here’s what you need to know about this popular procedure:
There Will Be Some Pain and Discomfort
Some people will tell you this laser tattoo removal is no big deal. Those folks either don’t know what they’re talking about, or are lying to get your money. However, while it is true that there’s some pain and discomfort, most patients report the pain is no more than when they got the tattoo in the first place.
For many patients, the idea of tattoo removal is what causes them to envision greater discomfort. But in fact, no needle ever touches the skin. Instead, a laser sends light energy into the skin which breaks down the ink particles in the tattoo over time. Eventually, the artwork will be virtually invisible.
Multiple Treatments May Be Necessary
You should be aware, however, that most tattoos require more than one visit. There is a health reason for this. Laser treatment done in rapid succession increases the risk of skin irritation and open wounds.
While it’s difficult to pre-determine the number of visits that will be necessary, your cosmetic surgeon will address your unique needs during the consultation. It normally takes between four and six weeks to recover between sessions, but each person’s experience is different.
Location Matters (So Does Quality!)
In most cases, fading is slower in tattoos located further down the arms and/or legs. This is because these body regions are further from the heart, which affects circulation.
In addition, the colors and inks used in the creation of the tattoo can affect removal. For instance, amateur tattoos are often applied in a hasty manner, and with little health considerations. On the other hand, professional tattoos penetrate deep into the skin in uniform levels. Professional tattoos also tend to feature higher ink saturation, which is a consideration in the amount of treatments needed and time to heal between sessions.
You Must Allow for Healing
As previously mentioned, allowing for adequate healing time is essential. Your exact recovery time will vary on several factors, including the size and location of the artwork.
Some patients can experience scabbing, swelling, and bruising. These effects typically subside on their own with time (typically less than a week). Your doctor will go over post-procedure details with you, such as cleaning and maintenance.
Know What You’re Getting Into
The first step to any cosmetic procedure is to start with an open and honest discussion with your doctor about your needs and desires. Our friendly staff at the Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery is available to answer your questions and address your concerns in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere. Contact us today to get started.