Laser Tattoo Removal: What to Know

inkThere is at least one tattoo on the body of up to 30% of people in the US; in fact about 50% of the millenials have one or more tattoos. The number is high and surprisingly, some of them seem to be regretting it already. About 25% of them wish they hadn’t done it. If you are part of this 25%, there is no need to worry. There is a technique known as the Laser tattoo removal, which can help remove the tattoo with very little side effects.

How It Works

Lasers make use of its high intensity light beam to break up the pigment colors, thus removing the tattoo. The easiest of them are the black colored tattoos, which absorbs all laser wavelengths. The other colors require selected laser beams on the pigment color before it can be removed.


If you wish to get rid of your tattoo, it is advisable you see a trained professional who can examine your tattoo and advise you on the best approach to get rid of them. The color9s), size, and age of the tattoo determines the number of treatment you will have to undergo to get rid of the tattoos. The removal technique is also greatly influenced by the skin color as well as how deep the tattoo pigment goes.

Laser removal sessions might have certain differences based on the factors mentioned above, however, here are some similarities amongst them all.

  1. You will have to make use of a pair of protective eye shield which will be provided by the tattoo removal expert.
  2. Your skin will be tested against laser to examine how it reacts. This will help the tattoo removal expert ascertain the level of energy that will be most effective e for the treatment.
  3. Intense light from the laser will be passed through your skin top layer which will be absorbed by the tattoo pigment alone.

As expected, more pulses will be needed for the larger tattoos while the smaller ones will require smaller pulses. Either way, you will need to dedicate yourself to several treatments before the tattoo can be completely removed. Your tattoo is expected to get a few shades lighter at the end of each treatment until you can see them no more.

Most people who do the laser tattoo removal opt against anesthesia, although the process is uncomfortable and painful. You may have to apply a topical anesthesia beforehand, especially if the tattoo is located in a very sensitive part of the body.


An ice pack should be used to soothe the treated area and an ointment or antibiotic cream should be applied together with a bandage to protect the region. Whenever you are outside, ensure you have sun block on that part of the body before stepping outside.

Side Effects

There are other tattoo removal procedures such as salabrasion, dermabrasion, an excision, however, the Laser technique is a lot safer than them. This is as a result of the laser techniques capacity to selectively treat the pigments of the tattoo and even more significant is its lack of side effects on the patients. Notwithstanding, there are certain factors to be considered before making a decision:

  • The surface where the tattoo is removed is at risk of being infected and there is always the possibility that the region would be scarred for life.
  • There is a chance that the tattoo will not be completely removed and the fact that some colors are more easily broken than others means that some colors may be more effectively removed than others. For instance, black and blue tattoos respond well to laser treatments.
  • You may be left with a case of hypopigmentation, which implies that the treated area will be of a lighter shade than the skin surrounding it. In some cases, the treated area will be darker than the skin surrounding it and that is known as hyper hyperpigmentation.
  • Treating cosmetic tattoos such as eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner, etc. actually leaves the treated area darker after treatment. With additional sessions, they fade gradually.

Find a Reputable Doctor

Get a professional cosmetic surgeon or an experienced dermatologist. Better if your local physician can ink3recommend one for you. Tattoo removal is mostly a personal decision and as such, insurance doesn’t cover the procedure, except it becomes medically necessary to get rid of your tattoos. You may be requested to make full payment before the process is started. At this point, all associated costs will be discussed and all charges will be properly documented before treatment commences.

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