At Rocky Mountain Laser Center, Colorado Springs, CO we offer a safe and effective laser therapy for permanent tattoo removal.
With increasing amounts of young people choosing to get body art, it’s interesting that researchers have found that about one in five people regret their tattoo. Many have tattoos removed for employment concerns, and tattoo removal procedures increased by nearly 44 percent in 2012. Luckily, today’s laser removal procedures can:
- remove tattoos safely and effectively
- treat all ink colors, even those once very difficult to remove
- eliminate tattoos with fewer treatments.
Similarly, laser sun spot removal works much the same as laser tattoo removal.
Major advances in tattoo removal
Years ago, tattoo removal methods were painful, potentially harmful and had many side effects. Acid treatments, surgical excision and dermabrasion were some of the removal methods available, often leaving behind scarring and other skin damage. The introduction of laser tattoo removal offered a safer and more effective means of erasing body art. And laser tattoo removal has received great reviews from physicians and patients alike for more better clearance, fewer treatments, and shorter recovery time.
How can I get my tattoo removed?
For many years, Q-switched lasers were the treatment of choice for removing tattoos. These lasers heated up the ink particles with thermal energy, breaking them apart. Today, our advanced laser therapy technology blasts the ink particles with such intense pressure that the ink shatters into dust-like particles, far more easily absorbed and eliminated by the body. Faster, easier elimination translates to more complete removal and fewer overall treatments. For best and safest results, the FDA recommends that you consult a licensed dermatologist. Removal by a tattoo artists or aesthetician puts you at higher risk for side effects including scarring, burns and permanent changes to the skin’s texture.
Why do I need a consultation?
A consultation with a medical provider familiar with laser systems will give you a better overall understanding of what you can expect from the removal process and the end result.
Dermatologists are medically trained to consider not only your body art, but your overall health and skin condition. Your doctor will want to evaluate:
- how long ago you had the tattoo applied
- how deeply into your skin the ink penetrates
- the color and type of ink used
- where the tattoo is located on your body
- what medicines you are currently taking
- whether you’ve ever had a raised scar
- your overall health
Who is a candidate for laser tattoo removal?
Laser tattoo removal is safe and effective for most individuals. However, you should have a healthy immune system for the procedure to work, and you should not be treated if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What can I expect during treatment?
Laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable or even painful. To alleviate discomfort, your doctor may give you a numbing cream or injection.
How many sessions will I need?
Tattoo artists use many different colors and several layers of ink, so it takes more than one session to safely break down all the layers. Time is necessary between treatments for your body to eliminate the tiny particles of ink caused when the laser shatters the ink. Your tattoo should lighten with each treatment. It’s important to adhere to your treatment schedule for optimal results, as each individual tattoo is different, containing different volumes and colors of ink.
What can I expect after treatment?
You will need time between treatments to allow the skin to heal. There may be some initial swelling, redness or minor blistering. Follow all home care instructions from your dermatologist, including frequent cleansing and application of antibiotic ointment and moisturizer. Try to keep treated areas covered by clothing when you are out in the sun for at least three months.
How is the treatment paid for?
As with most cosmetic procedures, laser tattoo removal is not normally covered by health insurance. Consult your physician’s office for payment methods.