The application of tattoos has been practiced in cultures around the world for hundreds of years. In some cultures, the design and placement of the tattoo has deep cultural significance and honor attached to it. In Western culture today, it is up to each individual to attach their own significance on their artwork. For some, this leads to regretted ink. If you have a tattoo you want to remove or cover up with better artwork, laser tattoo removal may be right for you.
How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
When a tattoo artist applies a tattoo, he or she is actually injecting the ink between the layers of your skin. If the injection of ink is too shallow, the ink will come out as new skin grows, leaving you with a faint, indistinct smear of color. If the ink is injected too deeply, it “blows out” by infiltrating the surrounding tissue and blurring the lines considerably.
Laser tattoo removal works by breaking up the ink with a focused beam of light. Your body then cleans it up and flushes it out. Over the course of several treatments, you’ll be able to watch the pigment get lighter and lighter until only your own skin tone remains.
The Facts About Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser treatments are done in the comfort of our office and you’ll be able to resume your normal routines afterward, provided you can keep the skin covered from the sun. Unlike the process of tattooing, laser is a bloodless procedure and won’t cause crusting or scabbing. Most people don’t need it, but numbing gel is available if your tattoo is on a sensitive area. Most people will need between three and ten treatments to see the tattoo completely disappear. If your intention is to only fade the artwork so it can be re-tattooed, this is usually accomplished in two to five visits.
Not the Right Choice for Everyone
Laser tattoo removal isn’t the right choice for everyone. This laser can only be applied to clear, unbroken skin. If you have psoriasis or vitiligo, you shouldn’t receive laser because it’s known to make both conditions far worse. If you have albinism, laser may not be suitable for you due to the lack of melanin on your skin.
If you’re ready to get rid of your unwanted tattoo once and for all, feel free to call our clinic today to schedule a consultation at Island Medical Laser in Roslyn Heights. We would be happy to tailor your treatment to meet your needs and goals!