We’re obsessive about our skin. When a part of our body is marred by an oppressive patch of ink that we’ve come to hate, we want it dealt with as quickly as possible. Tattoo ink is not impossibly permanent. Laser tattoo removal will help make your tattoo less of a statement and more of a memory. Laser treatment improves on past forms of tattoo removal by minimizing the collateral damage and leaving the natural pigmentation of your skin as is. With laser treatment, you should be able to see dramatic reduction in tattoo visibility over the course of about one year.
How Does a Laser Remove Tattoos?
As tattoos have become more popular, so have tattoo removals. This allowed the medical community to improve on previous methods. Today, our Jacksonville practice offers removal with a Q-switched laser. This type of laser emits pulses of high-intensity light, making it possible to use a strong laser without the tissue damage that could come with a continuous laser beam. The laser’s pulses pass through outer layers of skin to selectively affect tattoo pigment. After the pigment has been broken down into smaller particles, the body will remove these naturally, over time. The laser will not affect normal tissue, only that which is pigmented.
Because the laser needs to be able to select pigmented areas/layers of skin, tattoo removal is more effective when the inks are dark. Lighter inks are the most difficult to remove, although repeated treatments will show results.
Length of Laser Tattoo Removal
Understanding how intensive your treatment will be is dependent on many factors, including the depth of the tattoo, the colors of the inks, the type of ink, and whether the tattoo was professional. Treatments are spaced 4-8 weeks apart, and you may require anywhere between 3-12 sessions. If you’re frustrated with a tattoo and dreading its presence in your future, get in touch now to set up a consultation and learn how long your treatment is likely to take.