Tattoos are stamped permanently on your body for any reason, such as an accomplishment, a dare, the birth of your child. For just about any reason people are getting tattoos. Regrets can sometimes come later in life when situations change – a divorce, a break up, a new job, the military. When this happens, don’t just cover up the tattoo with a band-aide forever, get it permanently removed with a laser.
You can remove even part of a tattoo if you want to have something re-done.
How does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
Because tattoos are meant to be permanent, removing them takes some time and can be difficult. Over 100 tattoo inks are in use today and none of them are regulated by the FDA. Needless to say, it is unlikely that you’ll find anyone to guarantee a tattoo can be completely removed. Nevertheless, new advancements in laser technology available at BodyLase Skin Spa offer great hope for those who wish to rid themselves of a tattoo.
Laser tattoo removal is an exciting development because it offers a bloodless, low risk method for removing tattoos. The laser light passes through the skin and selectively targets the tattoo ink and fragments it. Later, the body’s scavenger cells remove the pigment residue. Several treatments are needed for complete tattoo removal. The number of treatments depends on the type of ink used, the color of ink (black and dark blue inks are the easiest to remove, yellow and green inks are the hardest), the size, age and the location of the tattoo. Most treatments take only about 15 minutes and are spaced 4-8 weeks apart.
NOTE: 2 weeks prior to your appointment DO NOT go tanning or even spray tanning. Consult with us first because tanning can delay your procedure.
Does it Hurt?
Laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable, but several methods are used to reduce the discomfort. At BodyLase, we use ice and cold spray to numb the area; topical numbing cream may also be applied. Following the treatment, an antibacterial ointment and gauze dressing is applied. The skin will feel sunburned for a few days and may remain red for a few weeks. A light scab will usually form over the tattoo after each treatment. After healing, the tattoo ink will gradually fade.