Recent reports have indicated that close to 25% of the U.S. population has some sort of tattoo and that a little more than 50 percent would like some (or all of it) removed. If you’re one of the 50 percent then this article may be of interest to you.
At Skin Design, we use the latest version of the Q-Switch laser, which became commercially available back in the 1990s. It’s currently the most effective treatment to remove unwanted ink and while we could explain it in-depth it’s much easier to watch this video here.
This video provides a good breakdown of how laser tattoo removal works. It’s a good segment that showcases the mechanical and biological aspect of how they are removed from the body.
What should you expect during a Laser Tattoo Removal session?
Here’s what you can expect…
- Smaller tattoos will require fewer pulses while larger ones require more. In either case, the tattoo requires several treatments and multiple visits. At each treatment, the tattoo should become progressively lighter.
- You will be asked to wear protective eye goggles.
- The pulses of the laser on the skin will feel different on each patient. The feelings have been described as a splash of grease from a frying pan or the snapping of a rubber band on the skin.
Is the pain of laser tattoo removal unbearable?
Unlike tattoos, we have never had a patient require anesthesia, and we have never had a patient “tap out” or stop the procedure because they couldn’t handle the pain. We’ve seen tiny little women handle the pain better than bigger guys but in the end, it’s all about your own pain tolerance.
Anyone who would like to get an unwanted tattoo removed will benefit. The emotional scarring of an unwanted tattoo is horrendous. So what will it take? Well, the removal of a tattoo all depends on many factors which include: the color of the ink, the type of ink used, the age of the tattoo as well as the patient’s skin type. The best way to find out exactly how you’re skin will react is to come in to consult a professional.
Laser tattoo removal offers very little risk of scarring and it’s the safest method of ink removal when compared to others. Methods like excision, dermabrasion or salabrasion have been mentioned to work but with very ineffective and lengthy results.