Laser tattoo removal treatment is considered the best way of removing unwanted tattoos. This is because it is a relatively simple procedure with minimal risks for the patient and, unlike some other techniques, does not involve cutting, burning or skin abrasion with resultant scarring. It can be performed on an outpatient basis over one or more visits and removes unwanted tattoos almost completely with minimal scarring.
Lasers for tattoo removal operate by emitting specific wavelengths of light in a series of pulses on the area of skin where the tattoo is located. Different laser light wavelengths and pulses are used depending on the pigment colors of the tattoo with yellow and green colors being the most difficult to remove while black and blue are the easiest.
The pulses of light produced by the laser pass through the top layers of the skin and are absorbed by the pigment of the tattoo. The laser energy breaks up the pigment into small particles that are then absorbed by the body and removed through its immune system. Normal skin pigment is unaffected by the laser light which means that the skin surrounding the tattoo is not damaged.
The one drawback to the treatment is that it can be somewhat painful for the patient (although not as painful as having the tattoo in the first place, according to some). The impact of the laser light has been described as having hot specks of oil spattered onto skin or like being flicked with a rubber band. While most patients find this endurable, sometimes a topical or local anesthetic can be applied to help alleviate the pain.
Typically more than one session is required to remove a tattoo (with each lasting several minutes) and there must be a two to three week break between sessions to allow the body to absorb the pigment residue completely. If you are considering tattoo removal in Dublin, Ohio make an appointment for a free consultation at our convenient Dublin office location. Call 614-602-6455 today or book online!