It’s quite common for people to outgrow their tattoos. Tattoos often symbolize emotions and circumstances of the past that we’d sometimes prefer to forget years down the line. This is when laser tattoo removal comes in handy. However, there’s always been myths surrounding the treatment that makes people uneasy. It’s good to know exactly what you’re getting into so here are some of the most common questions our patients ask us:
How Does It Work?
Laser tattoo removal makes use of a beam of light, which acts exclusively on the pigment. When the pigment absorbs all this energy, it gradually breaks down into tiny particles. After this, it’s naturally filtered out of the body. This entire process takes time, however. It takes a few sessions to get everything broken down but the results are still highly efficient.
How Long Does It Take?
It could take as long as several months depending on the size, location and colour of your tattoo. Remember, this isn’t an instant remedy. Sessions are often spaced out with a 4-6 weeks gap between them in order to give the body its chance to heal and filter out the tiny particles. Black ink normally takes less time to fade away, however, since it absorbs all wavelengths. The laser technician will be able to provide the best estimate so let them take a look for you. A healthy immune system also plays a role in how fast your body filters out the particles.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Laser tattoo removal is a highly approved cosmetic treatment. It works it magic on the pigment alone without harming the skin so you won’t notice any dangerous reactions to this process. The most of which people experience is redness and slight inflammation that disappears within a couple of days. If you adhere to the after-care instructions, you can trust that you will heal safe and sound with no reaction to this treatment.
Can It Be Used for Cover Ups?
Want to transform your old tattoo into something better? You can use laser treatment to fade the original just enough to make way for a new one. Obviously, this doesn’t take as much time as complete removal would as well. All you have to do is talk to the laser technician about your requirements and the sessions will be tailored accordingly!
Is It Painful?
The most common question asked! This process feels much like getting a tattoo so if you found that procedure bearable, you can definitely handle this! However, for those with more sensitive skin, there is a numbing agent that you can opt for to lessen your discomfort. The laser technicians will give you after-care instructions that you’ll want to follow meticulously to have yourself ready for the next session.
These are the most common question we find ourselves asked when it comes to laser tattoo removal. We hope this helped lessen the worry you might feel at choosing this treatment. Have any more questions? Feel free to contact us with your inquiries!