How do lasers remove tattoos?

A laser is an intense beam of light. The ink particles of your tattoo absorb this light without harming the surrounding healthy cells. The particles are broken into tiny fragments that are then absorbed by your body's natural cleansing process or rise to the surface and eventually slough off.

How many treatments are required?

The number of treatments required for maximum improvement depends on the size, location, depth, and color of your tattoo. Treatments should be about six weeks apart to allow your body to remove the maximum amount of tattoo pigment. The tattoo will be lighter after each treatment.

Can all tattoos be removed?

The easiest tattoos to remove are dark blue and black tattoos, but other colors can also be removed. The darker the pigment the better the target.

Is the procedure painful?

Although a numbing injection or topical is applied to the area to be treated, patients may still experience some discomfort.

Are there any side effects?

There can be minor crusting and bleeding for 2 or 3 days after treatment. Hypopigmentation or scarring may occur. Since the ink used in tattooing is not regulated, some patients have only partial clearing even after several laser sessions.

Is there any downtime?

There is no downtime, though treated area may appear irritated or scabbed.



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