Many men and women today are eager to learn ways in which they can address unwanted tattoos. Even though most individuals who have a tattoo placed want their tattoos, up to 50 percent of those patients later regret having them done and are interested in laser tattoo removal. No matter how long ago the tattoo was completed, a trained physician can use Candela laser treatment to remove the pigmentations in the skin permanently.
It is important for patients to understand that laser tattoo removal cannot be completed in a single treatment. The tattoo uses specific wavelengths to break up the pigmentation of the inks. When they have been broken down, they can be easily absorbed by the body and become non-existent on the skin. Because of this, darker colors, such as blacks and browns, may be easier to remove than lighter colors such as yellows and pinks. However, with several treatment sessions, patients can enjoy the benefits of laser tattoo removal and recover their beautiful, natural skin!
There are many things to consider when it comes to determining how many treatments are necessary. The age of the tattoo, the colors of the pigmentation, and the depth in which it was applied, are all factors that can affect removal. During a consultation visit, patients can speak with our experienced physician about the tattoo and a physical evaluation will help provide a more accurate estimate of how many sessions may be needed for full removal.
During removal, patients wear a special eye mask to protect their eyes. The hand piece is applied against the surface of the skin, and the laser is activated. The laser pulses to deliver specific wavelengths set to destroy pigmentation of tattoo ink. Topical anesthetics can be used, though many patients are happy to undergo treatment without them. There is a stinging and slight "snapping" sensation felt, but many patients find this tolerable and are relatively comfortable throughout their session.
Immediately after treatment, patients can apply an ice pack to soothe the treated area. Topical antibiotic creams and ointments may be applied, and special care should be taken in the first few days to avoid scrubbing the skin of the areas with abrasive skin cleanser. A bandage may be applied to protect the skin and facilitate healing.