Getting certain tattoos might seem like a good idea at the time, but eventually, you might want them gone. While everyone says “tattoos are permanent decisions,” nowadays, that’s not the case.
Laser tattoo removal can effectively remove tattoos and help you forget they were ever there.
If you’re interested in tattoo removal, schedule a consultation with the team at Laser Skin Solutions Jacksonville.
What Is Laser Tattoo Removal and How Does It Work?
Laser tattoo removal is a treatment that can lighten and completely remove tattoos.
When you undergo laser tattoo removal, we use a laser to dissolve the tattoo’s pigment, or ink, into tiny particles. In the weeks following a tattoo removal session, your body works to flush away the particles of pigment, causing the tattoo to lighten over time.
The laser starts at the shallowest layer of ink, and as you progress with your treatment, it reaches the deepest layers of ink. Eventually, the tattoo will be barely noticeable or gone, depending on your desired outcome.
What to Expect When Getting Laser Tattoo Removal
Once you’ve had your consultation and we’ve created your treatment plan, you can begin your laser tattoo removal treatment.
We will start by cleansing and preparing the treatment area and giving you protective eyewear to wear while we complete your laser treatment.
We can walk you through the procedure to ensure that there won’t be any surprises and make you feel as comfortable as possible. Patients often describe the sensation of the laser passing over their skin as tiny snapping rubber bands or the feeling of getting a tattoo.
Treatment times vary depending on the size of the tattoo and its location, but we typically complete a session in 15 minutes to one hour.
After your treatment, we’ll provide aftercare instructions to help promote quick and successful healing.
Helpful Information Before Beginning Tattoo Removal
If you’re new to tattoo removal, it’s common to have concerns. The following information regarding laser tattoo removal will help you understand the process and know what to expect.
Laser Tattoo Removal Involves Several Sessions
Because of the way laser tattoo removal works, we can’t remove tattoos completely in one sitting. Lasers slowly help break down the pigment that gives your tattoo its color, and the more sessions you have, the deeper the laser can penetrate and break up the ink.
The laser tattoo removal process does not end when you leave your appointment. In the weeks following your treatment, your body is still hard at work to remove the ink from your tattoo. For this reason, we space appointments six to eight weeks apart.
You’ll find that some tattoos are easier to remove than others, depending on the type of tattoo, its color, and the way your body reacts to the laser. During your consultation, we can give you a better idea of how many treatments you may need to reach your desired outcome.
Colored Tattoos Can Be Removed
Black tattoos are usually easier to remove because the laser can target and break up the pigment more precisely. However, colored tattoos can also be removed. Colored tattoos may require more treatments, depending on the color and the type of tattoo.
Laser Tattoo Removal Is Permanent
Laser tattoo removal is permanent, as the pigment of your tattoo gets destroyed. The ink won’t come back, and you won’t have to get follow-up treatments to maintain your results.
You Can Laser a Tattoo for Multiple Reasons
Laser tattoo removal is a personal choice. Many patients want to eliminate the entire tattoo, while others opt for selective removal, only erasing part of the design. Additionally, some patients simply want to fade the tattoo, making it easier to get a cover-up in the future.
Tips to Prepare for Laser Tattoo Removal
The following tips can help you prepare before a laser tattoo removal appointment.
Stay out of the Sun Before and After Your Appointment
Avoiding sun exposure is particularly important before any laser treatment. Prolonged sun exposure can make your skin more sensitive. You should avoid the sun as much as possible for two to four weeks before your treatment.
Also, make sure that you wear SPF and cover the treatment area with protective clothing.
Quit or Cut Back on Smoking
Smoking can significantly affect the way your body heals after treatment. If possible, quit smoking altogether. If you can’t manage that, cut back as much as possible before your appointment.
Avoid Products that Cause Photosensitivity
Certain products, like salicylic acid and retinol, can make your skin sensitive. Stop using these products on the treatment area at least three days before your appointment.
Make Sure to Eat and Hydrate Prior to Your Laser Session
Going to your appointment dehydrated or on an empty stomach can contribute to low blood sugar, light-headedness, and dizziness. Make sure that you eat a meal and drink enough water on the day of your treatment.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
Depending on where your tattoo is located, your clothing may cover it. Wearing loose clothing will help you avoid any discomfort after your treatment.
Do Not Apply Numbing Products to the Treatment Area Before Your Treatment
While it may be tempting to put on numbing creams before treatment, these products can interfere with the laser. We can help make the area comfortable for you during your treatment without sacrificing the efficacy of the laser.