Many people get a tattoo at some point in their lives, and some of them regret that decision. In some cases, the regret involves the tattoo’s design. You might be unhappy with your design selection or not pleased with how the finished tattoo looks. If you are changing lifestyles or applying for a job where you do not want the tattoo to be visible, laser tattoo removal is an option.
Laser tattoo removal is also an important treatment if you happen to develop an allergic reaction to tattoo pigments or if you get an infection at the site of the tattoo.
How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
To remove a tattoo with a laser, you will visit a medical spa one or more times. The number of visits required for removal of tattoos depends on the colors of pigments used in the tattoo and its size and age. To have your tattoo removed with a laser, the technician starts by providing you with protective glasses for your eyes. The handheld laser is then applied to your skin.
You will feel a sensation of heat as the wavelengths of energy are applied to the surface of your skin. No anesthesia is required for laser tattoo removal procedures. A small area of the tattoo is tested in order to determine the best wavelength of light to remove your tattoo as efficiently as possible.
What to Expect After Laser Tattoo Removal
With each laser tattoo removal treatment session, the pigment of the tattoo will get progressively lighter. Blue and black pigments may lighten or disappear before other colors. Some people notice a change in the color of their skin after the conclusion of laser tattoo removal treatments.
A few traces of the tattoo may remain, but those traces may not be noticeable from a distance. Your skin might be more sensitive for a short time between and after treatment sessions. Be sure to apply sun block to the area if you plan to spend time outdoors on sunny days.