The Best Way to Remove a Tattoo: Laser Tattoo Removal
There have been many advancements in laser technology today which help improve the safety, remove tattoo in less laser sessions, treat colors of ink which were once hard to remove. Results vary from person to person and a lot depends on lifestyle and over all health of the individual removing their tattoo. Some factors which can have a negative impact on how many sessions someone may need for laser tattoo removal are smoking and drinking alcohol.
Some questions you may ask before starting the process of laser tattoo removal:
- How old is the tattoo
- How deep is the ink in your skin
- What colors does your tattoo include that you want removed
- Your overall health
- What medications are you currently taking
- Are you prone to scarring or have you had any scar keloid
Where is the best place to go to get laser tattoo removal?
Lots of technology is currently on the market and it is important that the correct technology is being used. With the rise of Alibaba and other sites which connect global suppliers there has been an influx of cheap manufactures introducing their products that have not been FDA approved. All products that MedLaser USA carries have gone through the rigorous approval process by the FDA and have been approved by the FDA for use. It is also important that the technician performing the laser tattoo removal procedure has been properly training and certified for providing laser tattoo removal treatments.
What is the best laser for tattoo removal?
MedLaser USA has the best laser for tattoo removal, the Lucid Q PTP. The device has gold standard Q switched technology which has 1064 Nd:Yag and KTP 532. All wavelengths target different tattoo colors, for more information on the Lucid Q PTP visit Lucid Q PTP.
How many sessions of laser tattoo removal will I need to remove my tattoo?
This varies for everyone and a lot depends on the color ink that is used, how much ink was used, how deep is the ink, how old is the tattoo, do you smoke, do you drink alcohol? Overall, you can expect between 6-12+ treatments and some individuals many never see their tattoo completely removed.
Typically you need to wait 6-8 weeks between each treatment because your skin needs time to heal and your body also needs time to process (remove) the ink. When the laser is fired onto the skin it hits the ink and shatters the ink into tiny particles, your body must process these tiny particles of ink and process them out of the skin.
Every laser tattoo removal session your tattoo will lighten. It is good to take a picture of your tattoo before each session so you can compare and see the process of your tattoo removal.
Is Laser Tattoo Removal Safe?
Laser tattoo removal is safe, it is important that the operate has the appropriate training. Laser tattoo removal can cause burns, blisters, redness, swelling, and pin point bleeding. It is important that you have a healthy immune system for laser tattoo removal to work. Women or are pregnant and those who are breast feeding should not have laser tattoo removal.
Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?
Having laser tattoo removal is uncomfortable and causes some pain/discomfort but it is tolerable. Some options to lighten the pain during laser tattoo removal are using the Zimmer Cyro 6 cold air system which blows cold air on the skin and also numbing cream. Using both in combination during laser tattoo removal can dramatically improve comfortability.
For more information from the American Acadamy of Dermatology about laser tattoo removal visit their website.
According to the Cleveland Clinic it is estimated 25% of the US population has a tattoo
What are the risks of Laser Tattoo Removal?
- When having the treatment performed by someone who is properly trained with an FDA approved laser for tattoo removal, side effects are minimal but you should be aware of a few:
- Keeping the targeted site area clean as it can become infected
- 100% removal may not be possible
- Laser tattoo removal could leave a permanent scar which is why the laser operator should be appropriately trained. Having a more aggressive treatment doesn’t mean a tattoo will be removed quicker. Having the energy turned to high to soon can cause scaring.
- The skin can turn darker or lighter than the surrounding skin, this is called hypopigmentation or Hyperpigmentation.
What process is better for removing my tattoo: A Laser or TattooAway?
Laser tattoo removal doesn’t require any foreign chemicals which can cause scaring. Laser tattoo removal has extensive clinical published studies for being an effective way to remove tattoos. Physicians around the world use lasers for tattoo removal. MedLaser USA has yet to see any physician use TattooAway for tattoo removal. You can also find reviews on realself.com with patients who have experienced scars and significant pain from TattoAway. It is important to consult your physician before any chemicals are injected into your skin.