A technique to remove a tattoo from your skin permanently is known as Tattoo Removal. Laser Tattoo Removal is the latest laser technology available these days. The laser acts as a giant eraser and ink fade with each session. It is the safe and easy way to remove a tattoo and pigmentation. It creates a very short high energy pulse, with which the tattoo ink broke up into minute particles that the body can absorb readily. As the laser attacks the tattoo, a light gray “frosting” appears on the tattoo, a signal that shows the removal process has begun.
Cost of Tattoo Removal
Each Tattoo is unique and requires a different number of treatment sessions. It is hard to predict the exact number of sessions a person needs as it depends upon the type and color of the tattoo ink, the depth of the tattoo ink into the skin and the method of the tattoo application. In general cost of Tattoo Removal varies from $100 to $500 per treatment session depending on other factors and one geographic area to another.
Methods used for Tattoo Removal
Dermabrasion: – Dermabrasion is a procedure to remove damage and defects in the upper layers of the skin. Although successful for mild skin exploitation and resurfacing, but when used for removing tattoos you would need to go fairly deeply into the skin. This can cause scarring, infections or calluses. So this method needs extreme cautions for tattoo removal.
Excision: – This is a surgical method of tattoo removal. One will fully get rid of the tattoo with this method and won’t be left with any pigment in the skin. However, this is a drastic measure to take and should only be done if the area is very large and other methods have proven fruitless. It has a lengthy healing time and left with some scars.
Laser Treatment: – Laser surgery is the best method with an effective solution to eliminate a tattoo. The Laser Tattoo Removal method takes multiple sessions to remove the tattoo.
Procedure of Laser Tattoo removal
To make you more comfortable, Doctor can use a local anesthetic before treatment. You will wear protective eye goggles during treatment as the laser can affect your eyes. The procedure can last from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the size and type of your tattoo.
The Treatment is conducted every 4 weeks with a course of 6 to 10 sessions. However, many patients need additional treatment sessions, up to 20 sessions in some cases.
You need repeated sessions to lighten the tattoo, and sometimes it may not be possible to remove all the ink completely. Bright, colorful tattoos are the most difficult to remove and requires frequent sessions.
Factors Affecting Tattoo Removal
Age: – The age of the tattoo and the age of the client both will have a major effect on the ease of tattoo removal. Like other things, the skin ages with time, which makes it more difficult to remove tattoos and ink both. In addition, a person’s immune system also affects the treatment.
The effect of the tattoo’s age is smaller but it is still a factor to consider. The length of time the tattoo has been on the skin can indicate that he may have further sunk into the dermis and become more difficult to remove.
Location of the Tattoo: – Tattoo’s body position will have a great impact on the removal and healing of the removal.
Color and Composition of Ink: – The quality of the inks used can vary widely, and some inks are more difficult to remove. This variance means that we won’t know precisely how the ink will react to lasers until surgeon begun treatment.
Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal
It does not cause any serious risks or complications if it is performed properly and correctly. However, it does cause certain minimal side effects that are common and temporary.
- Redness, bruising, and swelling of the skin is temporary side effects.
- If your skin is allergic to laser treatment, it can leave permanent scarring behind but it is not common.
- In some cases, the treatment can also cause hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation.
- The treatment area may darken in the case of cosmetic tattoos. Such as eyeliner, lip liner and eyebrows and it may require further treatments.
Recovery from Treatment
After the procedure, you may temporarily experience swelling and possibly blistering or bleeding. You must keep the area covered with a clean, sterile bandage for about one week after treatment until the skin heals.