If you have a tattoo that you hate or are old and faded, you can cover it up with another tattoo or have it laser removed.
Does laser tattoo removal really work?
The answer to this question depends on how many sessions you will have. The laser allows you to lighten the tattoo or remove it completely. Most people after laser tattoo removal do not report any adverse reactions.
Don’t expect it to be just one treatment. However, if you are patient and persistent, you will surely see great results after each session. There may be minimal visible lightening after the first 1-3 sessions, but that doesn’t mean the process is not working. With enough treatments, you can expect clean skin as if you’ve never tattooed it.
During each session, the laser acts on the tattoo, sending energy to the skin. It breaks down some of the ink particles that make up your tattoo. Your bloodstream removes these broken ink spots, leaving microscopic gaps. The ink particles are transported to the lymphatic system, which then slowly removes the carcass from the body over 4-6 weeks.
After 4-6 weeks after the laser treatment, you can decide on the next series. This breaks down even more ink particles. The tattoo will definitely decrease after 2-3 series. After each treatment, the laser intensity can be gradually increased. Additionally, it will contribute to lightening of the skin. Hence, you will see progress in tattoo removal.
Is laser tattoo removal more effective in some cases?
Laser tattoo removal has proven effective on all skin tones. People with lighter skin can potentially experience hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) and those with darker skin types may experience hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) during treatment. Most often, this side effect is short-lived. To minimize the risk of such problems occurring, the standard starts with setting the laser low. This way, the tattoo artist checks how the client’s skin reacts to the first treatment. It can then increase the laser intensity with each subsequent session.
This is the most common reason why most customers don’t see immediate improvement.
Can the laser damage the skin?
There is always a slight risk of hypopigmentation or discoloration. The effect is usually temporary. If this problem occurs, the professional can change the laser alignment to avoid further damage. He may also recommend extending the time between sessions. In this way, the skin can regenerate longer.
Note, if blisters do occur they should disappear quickly and should not be a cause for concern. You can react differently to the steps of removing a tattoo with a laser. The blisters most often form when the laser attacks blue and green ink. If this happens, don’t panic. Just apply an ointment that contains vitamin E. It speeds up the healing of the skin. The problem should disappear within 24-48 hours.
Does the laser remove all ink colors?
No matter what colors your tattoo has, the laser will be effective. The first 4-5 sessions will remove black ink, followed by red, magenta, cyan, green, etc.
Is such a procedure painful?
Laser tattoo removal may cause a little discomfort. The time of the procedure will depend on the size of the tattoo and the skills of the technician who operates the laser. A good technician tries to make the procedure as short as possible. At the same time, it is extremely careful. If you are concerned that you will not be able to endure the short-term discomfort during the session, don’t worry. There are several options that can help you. You can choose a cream with lidocaine. It is prescription and is applied 30-45 minutes before the visit. You can also buy an over-the-counter local anesthetic.
Many studios also offer devices to cool the skin during laser tattoo removal. The devices blow cold air through a hose that can be controlled. It will bring immediate relief. You can also ask for a special anesthetic patch to be applied 10-15 minutes before the procedure.
Can only part of the tattoo be removed?
Yes, you can only remove a fragment of the tattoo. The possibilities for changing your tattoo are endless, because laser tattoo removal does not have to completely obliterate the tattoo. This is a very precise procedure. Therefore, the laser can only be applied to those tattoo elements that we want to remove.
What is the procedure like?
Whether you want to completely remove the tattoo or just lighten it, the general procedure is the same. It starts with a consultation where your tattoo is measured. Its characteristics, e.g. colors, will also be noted. After agreeing the price for the session, you can agree to the first treatment immediately or postpone it to a later date. After the first session, wait 4-6 weeks for your body to absorb the broken paint. After 2-3 sessions, the old tattoo may be completely lightened. You have to wait 4-6 weeks between treatments.