Laser Tattoo Removal – Is it Safe?

By | December 31, 2013

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Laser tattoo removal can be a good method of tattoo removal today. The procedure uses a short series of high intensity light pulses on the tattoo inked skin area. The process and delivery of the laser light is determined by things like: tattoo colors, density and the size of the tattoo.

Darker tattoos such as black are usually the easier type to remove. Tattoos that have less pigmentation and are light in color like green and yellow can cause more difficulty in the removal process, and usually need more appointments for full removal. All results will be different as the size and concentration of the tattoo will dictate the amount of treatments necessary and it can be anywhere from 2 or 3 sessions all the way up to 20 or more. Laser tattoo removal can cost anywhere from $150 and up to over $300 per appointment.

During the procedure protective laser eye wear is used to be shielded from the laser light. The inked area is sanitized and sometimes iced previous to the surgery to minimize pain. Treatment is usually fast and typically not pain free; many patients have said it is more painful than the original tattoo when it was applied. A local anesthetic can be applied or a strong pain killer may be given previous to the process to lessen the pain.

After a session the treated area is usually sensitive and warm, ice can be applied for a short period to minimize discomfort. With each procedure the laser is breaking down the ink particles in the skin, and you should notice the tattoo getting lighter with each process. The side effects might be blistering of the skin, swelling and redness.

In summary: Laser tattoo removal has gained in popularity due to lessening of scarring and the speed of removal. The downside is you do run the risk of some scars, and the cost can be sizable depending on how many procedures are required. Always weigh your options before deciding on any process.

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