Laser Tattoo Removal
Living with a tattoo that you are unhappy with can make you feel self-conscious.
Advances in laser tattoo removal have made it easier than ever to eliminate unwanted skin art and move forward with your life.
Why should I consider laser tattoo removal?
Laser Tattoo Removal Can Change Your Appearance & Improve Your Quality of Life
Addresses Black & Colored InkRecent innovations have resulted in lasers that can treat all colors of tattoo ink. With the ability to operate at varying wavelengths, these lasers can provide highly effective tattoo removal.
Little to No Scarring
Through staged treatments and advanced technology, many patients complete their tattoo removal with little to no scarring.
Ability to Dress More Freely
If you are unhappy with your tattoo, you most likely plan your wardrobe around hiding it. By undergoing removal, you can reclaim the freedom to wear whatever you want.
Without the fear of being judged because of your tattoo, you can feel more confident in your appearance.
Thousands of People Undergo Laser Tattoo Removal Each Year
Is Laser Tattoo Removal Expensive?
Usually, the overall cost of laser tattoo removal will depend on several factors such as the size of your tattoo and the number of treatments necessary to achieve your desired results. This can lead to a broad range in pricing from patient to patient, but according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the average cost is about $401 per session. Additionally, the geographic location and experience of your doctor will often impact the cost.
What to Expect during Laser Tattoo Removal
Preparing for Treatment
Before treatment begins, a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb the area, and you will be provided with protective eyewear.
Applying the Laser
Your doctor will then administer the laser to the tattooed area of your skin.
Throughout the treatment, the tattoo pigment will gradually break into tiny particles. Your body will then naturally absorb and eliminate these particles.
Managing Side Effects
After the procedure, you should apply an antibiotic ointment and ice as needed to manage infection, swelling, and irritation. Avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 24 hours, as it can increase your risk of blistering.
Several Removal Sessions Are Needed
Typically, patients need about five to 10 laser tattoo removal sessions over the course of several months to a year. It is usually recommended that you wait six to eight weeks between sessions for the best results. However, the number of treatments required will depend on several factors, including:
- Tattoo complexity
- Skin type
- Tattoo size
- Ink color
- Age of the tattoo
- Skin tone
- Ink depth
Your doctor can evaluate your tattoo, provide you with a personalized treatment plan, and help you set realistic expectations for the best results.
Alternatives to Laser Tattoo Removal
While surgical tattoo excision is an option to completely remove any trace of your tattoo, it is quite expensive and typically results in scarring. Dermabrasion is another option that resurfaces the outer layers of the skin. However, this treatment is less predictable. Tattoo removal creams have also been gaining popularity, but they are not approved by the FDA and may contain harmful chemicals. Advancements in laser tattoo removal have made it a safe and effective solution for many patients.