Close to 25% of the people in the U.S. have some tattoo. As time passes by, over 50% of them will undergo a tattoo removal treatment. The good news is that modern tattoo removal techniques are capable of removing the body ink with minimal pain and zero side effects. Out of many such procedures like dermabrasion, cryosurgery, salabrasion, and treating with TCA, using laser beams (Q-switched lasers) has emerged as the gold standard for tattoo removal.
How Tattoo Removal Works
The lasers eliminate the tattoo ink by breaking down the pigment colors. Each color is treated with a selected laser (based on its wavelength). Hence, black tattoo ink is the easiest to remove since it absorbs all laser wavelengths.
Whom To Consult for Tattoo Removal?
It is recommended that you find a reputable dermatologist or cosmetic surgery center to make sure that you get the best possible care. If possible, get a recommendation from a family doctor for a dermatologist who specializes in tattoo removal.
What Can You Expect During a Removal Session?
The procedure and the duration of the treatment depend on the color and size of the tattoo. You may need four to six, or rarely up to ten visits, to get satisfactory results. During your first consultation, a trained professional evaluates the tattoo and explains the removal procedure and cost involved. The Las Vegas Tattoo Removal service varies from person to person, depending on the size, age and the type of the tattoo. The removal technique is also decided based on the patient’s skin, and also the depth to which the tattoo pigment extends.
Pain Management During the Treatment
When a person’s skin comes in contact with the laser, he may get a sensation as if hot oil is poured on the skin. Patients will be given some local anesthesia 40 – 90 minutes before the treatment session. Immediately after the treatment, you will notice a white discoloration in the treated area. It usually resolves within 24 hours. The post-operative care involves non-occlusive dressing with no need for topical antibiotics since the laser beam, by itself, is sterile in nature.
Possible Complications and Side Effects
Although this process has minimal side effects, in extremely rare scenarios, few complications such as complete pigment removal and permanent scarring are reported. The skin at the treated site may become paler or darker than the surrounding skin. In some people, the exposure to the laser beam may cause an allergy, a condition treated by administering steroid anti-inflammatory drugs.