Statistics tell us that nearly a third of Americans currently have tattoos, and that number is set to grow more and more over the next few years. Body art may be growing in popularity, but so are the number of people who eventually come to regret one or more of their tattoo choices. As much as one in four people with tattoos report that they regret at least one of their tattoo choices. Luckily for those people, laser tattoo removal is an option.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
Tattoos can be virtually erased by lasers through a process that effectively breaks down the pigmented ink of a tattoo with a high-intensity light. Depending on what your tattoo looks like, one of our medical professionals will choose a specific laser that produces the light beam necessary to break down your tattoo’s specific colors. Some colors are easier to remove than others. Black pigment, for example, absorbs any laser wavelength which makes it the easiest tattoo color to treat.
During the tattoo removal process, a trained technician will use the laser to pass intense light pulses through the topmost layers of your skin. This light will absorb the tattoo pigment while leaving the rest of your skin unharmed. Tattoos are typically removed over several visits, but you will notice the tattoo growing more and more faint with each treatment.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
During your initial consultation, one of our trained professionals will evaluate the tattoo you wish to remove and break down what you should expect from your treatment process. There are many factors that will contribute to determining the number of treatments you will need to remove your specific tattoo. Some of these factors include your age, the size of the tattoo, and the colors of the tattoo.
When it’s time to begin your laser treatment, you will be required to wear a shield to protect your eyes from the laser. Before tackling the entire treatment area, your technician will first test the laser on your skin to observe how your skin reacts to the treatment. Then they will go to work passing over the treatment area with the laser a number of times.
If you have a tattoo you wish to have removed, contact us today to schedule an appointment.