How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
The laser penetrates your skin, breaking down the ink pigments from the inside of your body cells and exposing them out of the cells. Your immune system then takes action; it identifies the ink as foreign to the body and embarks on getting rid of it.
It might take some time to get rid of the ink completely from your body, and it is also much dependent on your immune system. The closer the body art is to the heart, the better because the circulation fastens the process.
The procedure is repeated every 4 to 6 weeks. If done more frequently, it may increase chances of side effects and it’s also good to monitor the progress as the process continues. The procedure may take 12 to 18 sessions for the ink to completely clear. However, it differs from person to person.
Different lasers are used depending on the ink colors used. The surgeon will prescribe you some antibiotics to use and advise you to keep the “wound” clean; you may consider bandaging.
Over the years, different methods have been used to remove the ink on your skin. These methods included the use of acid that left blemishes and scars on the skin; others are still used today such as excision and cryosurgery. However, the use of lasers has now taken the floor, the most recent being Q-switched laser. They are far safer to use, both to the skin and to the person. One must, however, be made aware of the side effects of the process and other effects such as the risk of infection and possibility of scars once the procedures are completed.
It starts out with a visit to our clinic for a consultation. You can find our address at the bottom of this page or our contact page. If you’re not in the area, it’s good to get a recommendation so consult your doctor who will direct you to a certified and experienced person.
After the consultation, you may opt to start the procedure on the same day. During the consultations ask all the questions you have in mind, this will make the walk easy for you.
The first step is the application of numbing cream in the area, this is meant to make the procedure less painful, the patient is then injected with lidocaine to intensify the numbness.
The doctor then applies the beam on the skin; the laser isn’t friendly to your eyes, so they give you glasses to cover your eyes to protect them from the laser.