Tattoo removals have been a common cosmetic procedure for years to help out individuals who are looking to get rid of that “permanent” ink. If you are looking into how tattoo removal can help or wanting to schedule a consultation, make sure you take a look at our Tattoo Removal FAQs below!
What is Used for Tattoo Removals?
Tattoo removals use state-of-the-art laser technology to remove tattoo ink. Different laser wavelengths are used to remove different ink colors. This is done in a two-step process to break up the ink in tattoos. The first step of the laser technology has the pigmentation of your skin absorb the laser energy before it is broken into smaller pieces. Next the extremely fast wavelengths from the laser “shatter” the ink, allowing the tattoo to be broken up into smaller pieces. The body takes it from there in a natural response to dissolve the ink in the tattoo.
How Does the Body Dissolve the Ink?
The body’s response to the laser wavelengths is moving fluid below the skin to dissolve the ink. Over the following weeks and months the body will flush away ink particles naturally. This natural response can be seen as redness or swelling on the treated areas. Tattoo removals are a gradual process with results taking time; most tattoos require multiple treatments for a full removal. The thicker concentrations of ink require multiple sessions to fully breakdown. Shaded tattoos require fewer treatments due to the lower amount of in ink used.
How Much Do Tattoo Removals Cost?
Tattoo removal sessions vary in price depending on the size of the tattoo and the density of the ink. Call for a quick consultation to see what your tattoo removal may cost.
Are There Estimates for the Number of Sessions Needed?
Newer tattoos will often require more treatments, especially if other colors than black are used. Older tattoos can be treated in fewer sessions due to the ink fading over time. Colored tattoos that include purple, brown, orange, yellow, and pink colors are more difficult to remove and typically require additional treatment sessions. Areas of the body where there is more blood circulation require less treatment sessions than body extremities such as the fingers, toes, and nose.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Laser tattoo removal does not leave any scar tissue behind. Pain from the treatment sessions are comparable to getting a tattoo, so it should be something you are already familiar with. Many patients may have redness or swelling following the procedure but this should only be temporary.