What to Expect with Laser Tattoo Removal
Just like getting a tattoo, laser tattoo removal is an important decision about the look of your skin. However, unlike getting a tattoo applied, laser tattoo removal is a process that will require multiple treatments over several months. If you want your tattoo erased, laser tattoo removal is the only safe and proven method that doesn’t cause scarring.
When you come for your tattoo removal consultation at Neiman Dermatology & Hair Transplantation, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the procedure, see the laser, have your tattoo assessed, and receive a quote for treatment. Once you’ve decided to proceed with treatment, your tattoo will be prepped for treatment (which includes swabbing the skin with alcohol and using a cold air machine to chill/numb the skin).
During the treatment, the laser will be pulsed over your tattoo in quick bursts of light. You will feel a sensation of “snapping” on your skin and instantly see your skin respond to the treatment with a temporary whitening effect, swelling, redness, and possibly bruising. These are all signs of an effective treatment with the laser. The Trinity laser used by Dr. Neiman features three wavelengths of laser light. As your tattoo is treated, different wavelengths will be used to target different colors of ink in your tattoo. Depending on the colors of your tattoo, you may only need one of the wavelengths for a proper treatment or potentially up to all three.
Following your treatment (which will likely take less than ten minutes depending on the size and complexity of your tattoo), you will have your tattoo bandaged and receive aftercare instructions from Dr. Neiman or his staff to help ensure you get the best results from your treatment. The area will be tender for a few days and needs to be protected to facilitate skin healing.
Over the weeks after your treatment, you will begin to see your tattoo fade in visibility. Darker areas will lighten, vibrant colors will become subdued, and lines may begin to look partially erased. The process is gradual, as your body is flushing away the destroyed ink particles in the skin, and this takes time. A series of treatments will lighten the tattoo more and more until it has completely vanished.
The number of treatments your tattoo will need will depend on a variety of factors (the age of the tattoo, the amount of ink in the skin, the location of the tattoo, your overall health, etc). During your free consultation with Neiman Dermatology and Hair Transplantation, you can have your tattoo assessed and get a better idea of the number of treatments you may need.