More people are removing tattoos than ever before, and they’re doing it with lasers. Laser tattoo removal is a popular and efficient way to get rid of unwanted tattoos, but eliminating them isn’t always easy. Tattoos come in a variety of colours, sizes, and shapes, and although laser removal works faster than other methods, it does take several sessions. So, how many laser tattoo removal treatments do you need to see results?
Laser tattoo removal
Laser tattoo removal involves the use of high-powered lasers to remove tattoos. The use of laser technology for tattoo removal has made it a lot easier to eliminate tattoos, but it’s a multi-stage process that can take several months. The tattoo ink is deposited deep within the skin, so it will take multiple treatments to reach and clear away the ink. However, with the right laser, it is possible to permanently remove a tattoo.
How it works
The laser energy penetrates deep into the skin where it heats up the ink particles. It then breaks them up into tiny pieces that are small enough for the body to eliminate. The procedure is not without pain, as some patients say it feels a lot like having a thick rubber band snapped against the skin. The addition of topical anaesthetic can help ease the discomfort.
How many tattoo removal treatments do you need?
It’s important to remember that every tattoo is different, and this often makes it difficult to predict the exact number of treatments you may require. However, there are several factors that can determine the number of treatments you are likely to need, in order to achieve the clearer skin you desire. Some of the more common factors that influence the time laser removal takes include the ink colours used, the location of the tattoo, the depth of the ink, your skin pigment, and the type of laser you opt for. The colour of the ink plays a big role in determining how many treatments you will need. Some ink colours like black are more responsive to the laser energy and therefore require fewer sessions. Colours such as orange and yellow are less responsive to the laser energy and may require more treatments. In addition, professional tattoos take longer to remove than those inked by amateurs.
It can take anywhere from 5-10 treatments to significantly fade your tattoo. Treatments are generally spaced 4-6 weeks apart. This gives the skin the time it needs to heal adequately. With older laser technology, it can often take as many as 15 treatments to remove a tattoo. However, newer lasers like Enlighten by Cutera, use cutting-edge technology to reduce the time you have to spend in your doctor’s office. Enlighten uses picosecond technology to give you better clearance, in a shorter time. A picosecond laser fires laser pulses at a trillionth of a second, and this is the most advanced technology now available in laser tattoo removal. With Enlighten, it’s possible to remove your tattoo in 6-8 treatments. Enlighten is able to target a range of tattoo colours at various depths.
How it works
The laser energy from the Enlighten laser creates a pressure wave that disrupts the ink particles, resulting in less damage to surrounding tissue. Enlighten is a more efficient laser removal system, and there is less chance of adverse effects. The speed and efficiency of the Enlighten laser means fewer treatments, and of course, lower costs.
What to expect
After treatment patients may experience some redness and swelling. However, these side-effects are usually temporary. There is no downtime, so patients can resume regular activities after treatment.
At Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa, MD, we offer advanced tattoo laser removal featuring the state-of-the-art Enlighten laser. During your consultation, we will evaluate your tattoo, and estimate the number of treatments you are likely to need, based on the factors mentioned earlier. Whether you are experiencing tattoo regret, or your tattoo does not fit your current lifestyle, Gallaher Plastic Surgery can help you remove it. We have offices in Powell, Knoxville, Crossville, and Tellico Village, Loudon, TN.