Tattoo removal can help you remove a not-so-temporary lapse in judgment that you fear you can’t undo. Getting a tattoo for some is a memorable and meaningful experience. Nearly 30% of adults in the U.S. have one tattoo, with up to 25% of people with tattoos saying they regret the decision. Intricate body art and colorful designs can be tempting, but if you’ve had a recent change of heart, you don’t have to live with your decision. Laser tattoo removal can get rid of your unwanted tattoo with minimal side effects.
Skin Deep Laser Med Spa in Pasadena, California, our expert team provides the latest in laser removal technology to address pesky ink that no longer fits your image.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Before the procedure, one of our staff consults with you and goes over the laser tattoo removal process in-depth. We evaluate your tattoo and, depending on the tattoo’s location, apply a topical anesthetic cream to the area before treatment. We’ll then provide you with protective eye shields and tests your skin’s reaction to the laser. To avoid changing your skin’s pigment, we choose a precise amount of energy based on the color of the pigment.
At Skin Deep Laser Med Spa, Dr. Michael Schwartz and his team use the Picosure® laser system. Picosure Laser tattoo removal works by using high-intensity light and heat to split the particles and break up the tattoo pigment. Opposing heat and cold push these particles apart, allowing your white blood cells to surround the area and absorb the coloring. Smaller tattoos require fewer laser pulses, while larger tattoos require more to eradicate the tattoo. Colors other than black are not as easy to treat.
A series of treatments are necessary for the complete removal of the tattoo. Getting rid of it entirely depends on the color of your skin, how deep the tattoo pigment goes, and your age. After each visit, you should notice that tattoo disappearing more and more. The procedure works by progressively lightening the area until ink becomes unnoticeable.
Laser tattoo removal aftercare
Tattoo removal can be done for several reasons. Whether you’re unhappy with the way that your tattoo looks or it fades into something unrecognizable, the process is simple and highly effective. If you develop an allergic reaction or infection as a result of your tattoo removing it may be crucial.
After the procedure, our team provides you with some tips to take care of the area. Use an ice pack to soothe redness, sensitivity, or discomfort. Applying an antibiotic cream or bandage can help protect against infection. Covering the area with sunblock keeps your skin from blistering and the color from changing.
Side effects of laser tattoo removal
Laser tattoo removal is often the safest treatment option because it selectively removes the pigment from the upper layers of your skin.
Here are some potential side effects:
- The site is at risk for infection
- Permanent scarring
- Hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation
If you’re considering tattoo removal as a treatment option, call our office at 626-344-2518 or book an appointment online.