Laser Therapy for Tattoo Removal

The most unfortunate thing about tattoos is that both getting them and having them taken off can be painful.

The removal of tattoos by laser removal is described as similar to getting hot specks of bacon grease on the skin or being snapped by a thin rubber band. Pinpoint bleeding is sometimes associated with the procedure.

A number of laser sessions are required to remove the tattoo according to the amount and type of ink used and how deeply it was injected, how old the tattoo is and how big the tattoo is. Three week intervals between sessions are required to allow pigment residue to be absorbed by the body.

The skin might feel slightly sunburned for a couple of days and it may remain red for a few weeks after the treatment. The area might also form a scab, which should be handled gently.

How do lasers remove tattoos?

Lasers work by producing short pulses of intense light that pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This laser energy causes the tattoo pigments to be fragmented into smaller particles that are then removed by the body’s immune system

What are the pre-treatment steps in laser therapy for tattoo removal?

Generally doctors recommend non-aspirin products like Tylenol to be used for minor aches and pains prior to the procedure, because aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as Ibuprofen can produce pronounced bruising after treatment.
pre-treatment steps might include the application of a prescription anesthetic cream two hours before the laser session.

What are the things to be considered after treatment?

  • A shower or bath the day after treatment is okay, but the treatment area should not be scrubbed.
  • The treatment area should be handled gently.

Side effects of laser therapy for tattoo removal

Laser tattoo removal is usually effective for the most part, but there can be some side effects. Side effects include hyper pigmentation i.e. an abundance of color on the treatment area, hypo pigmentation i.e. the area treated may lack normal skin color. Other possible side effects include infection of the area, lack of complete pigment removal and a chance of permanent scarring.