How Does Tattoo Removal Actually Work?

Did you know that nearly one out of every three people in the US have one or more tattoos? The practice of wearing often symbolic artwork on one’s skin dates back to ancient times, with one being evident on Europe’s oldest known mummy, Otzi the Iceman. Back then, the inked images were undoubtedly permanent. Today, most anyone who wishes to have a tattoo removed can with only minimal side effects, thanks to laser technology.

To get started in the process of tattoo removal, call Rochester Laser and Wellness Center, or request an appointment on our website.

Laser tattoo removal basics

Laser tattoo removal breaks up the pigment in your tattoo using highly concentrated light energy. This shatters ink molecules, which your body’s lymphatic system will naturally expel. It works on all skin types and ink colors, though black is the easiest to remove. This is because black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths. Other pigments need to be treated with lasers that work with each individual color. 

What happens during laser tattoo removal?

Each laser tattoo removal session requires a few steps. After donning a pair of provided eye shields, your technician will test how your skin reacts to the laser to choose the best energy for your treatment. They’ll then use the laser to add pulses of light to the top layers of your skin. The larger your tattoo, the more laser pulses you’ll need.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

This is a common concern for people considering laser tattoo removal. Although the treatment tends to be uncomfortable, modern technology makes it more comfortable than it may have been in the past. Most people don’t require any anesthesia. For added comfort, you can request a topical numbing to be applied beforehand.

How many tattoo removal sessions you’ll need

The laser tattoo removal affects people’s skin and tattoos differently, but it usually takes several treatments to get fully rid of a tattoo. After each session, the ink will look somewhat lighter. Within three to four sessions, you may well have no visible trace of the tattoo remaining. 

What to do after laser tattoo removal

Laser tattoo removal works best if you follow all of your provider’s instructions. Right after your session, you can apply an ice pack to the treatment area to reduce sensitivity. You’ll also have a topical antibiotic to apply and a bandage for protection. When you’re outdoors, make sure the area is covered with protective clothing or sunblock. 

At Rochester Laser and Wellness Center, we provide laser tattoo removal using the MedLite C6 laser by Cynosure®, which applies four different wavelengths that can be easily customized to your tattoo. If you have questions about the treatment, call our office today.

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