What is the benefit of laser treatment for tattoo removal?
Other options for tattoo removal include dermabrasion (or sanding) and surgery. These methods can be painful and may be associated with scarring. On the other hand, laser treatments are minimally invasive and present a safer treatment option.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
When ink particles in a tattoo absorb light from a laser beam, they are broken up into small fragments and then absorbed naturally through the body’s immune system.
What can I expect?
During the treatment, some patients feel a slight sting, like the snap of a rubber band on the skin. The procedure can be made more comfortable with the application of a local numbing agent. The duration of each session depends on the size of the tattoo.
Immediately after treatment, the tattoo will turn white and the surrounding areas may become red and swollen. This is expected and will disappear slowly with time. Lightening of the tattoo is usually noted about 5 to 6 weeks post treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Whitening of the skin may occur occasionally. However, normal skin tone should return within 6 to 12 months following the last treatment session.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on the size, location, colour, depth and type (amateur versus professional) of tattoo. Ideally, treatments should be performed at least 4 to 8 weeks apart to allow the body sufficient time to dispose of more tattoo pigment after each session.