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Laser Removal

Today, lasers are the most common method of tattoo removal. They work by targeting the ink with pulses of highly concentrated light that break the ink into tiny fragments, which are then cleared away the your own immune system. However, this isn't all done with just one treatment. The more treatments you have, the more the laser can penetrate to destroy the ink. Technology has advanced to the point where scarring is minimal ,and non-existant.

There are other methods of tattoo removal, but most of them are so painful and ineffective that laser removal replaced them as soon as it became available. These other methods include dermabrasion, which would actually "sand" away the top layer of skin through abrasive friction. Another method is excision, where the tattoo would be cut away and the skin sewn back together. These methods have proved to cause much damage to the skin and result in severe scarring, and are only used today in extreme cases where laser surgery is not an option.

Patients often say that the sensation of being treated is similar to being snapped with a rubber band.

Who Is a Good Candidate
for Laser Tattoo Removal?

The best candidates for laser tattoo removal are patients who are generally in good health and who have a positive outlook and realistic expectations about the procedure's outcome. Although all skin types can be treated, patients with pale skin and dark tattoos usually enjoy the fastest and best results.

Who Is Not a Good Candidate
for Laser Tattoo Removal?

Laser tattoo removal should not be performed on those with compromised immune systems, including patients with diabetes, HIV or other immune disorders. If you tend to form keloids or hypertrophic scars, you are not a good candidate for laser tattoo removal. The same goes for people taking certain medications, especially those which make the body and skin more sensitive to light (i.e., accutane, some antibiotics, antidepressants, and others).

Try to keep the treated area elevated above the level of the heart for the first 24 hours. Apply ice to control swelling and the feeling of excessive heat. Keep the area scrupulously clean to avoid infection, and do NOT apply tight bandages or apply thick layers of occlusive substances such as petroleum jelly and the like. (This only traps heat, which is the exact opposite of what you want to do.) Avoid environments like hot tubs or steam baths.