Laser Tattoo Removal in Dallas, Texas
What is laser tattoo removal?
Nowadays, a huge portion of the population have at least one tattoo–if not multiple. While many people are very happy with their tattoos, some either outgrow the tattoo or realize that it wasn’t all they had hoped it would be. The good news is that if for those who no longer want a tattoo, technology today has provided a way to safely remove tattoos with little or no complications. Laser tattoo removal is a cosmetic treatment option that uses laser beam light energy to break up the color pigment of a tattoo, removing the appearance of the tattoo. Depending on the tattoo color, how long you have had a tattoo, and the color of your skin, the treatment results can vary. For many, their tattoo is unrecognizable after laser tattoo removal.
How much does tattoo removal hurt?
Laser tattoo removal is slightly uncomfortable and sometimes requires multiple treatment sessions. Patients often compare the feeling of tattoo removal with being snapped with a rubber band. It can feel tingly, stinging, or irritating at times. However, most patients will not need an anesthetic to tolerate the procedure, unless the tattoo is in a particularly sensitive area. For these cases, ask your dermatologist about a topical anesthetic that may be applied prior to the treatment to minimize your discomfort.
Is laser tattoo removal effective?
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for laser tattoo removal is by visiting with your dermatologist who can evaluate your skin and the tattoo that you would like to remove. In general, you could be a good candidate for tattoo removal if:
- Have realistic expectations for the removal
- Are willing to undergo multiple treatments if necessary
- Are overall healthy
- Your tattoo is not extremely dense
- You do not have overly-sensitive skin
- You have fair skin and a dark tattoo
- You do not smoke
How many sessions does it take to remove a small tattoo?
While larger tattoos could take several treatments to completely remove, a small tattoo may only take a few laser pulses to get rid of the mark. If you have a small tattoo, it’s possible to remove it within one short treatment. During your evaluation with your dermatologist, ask your doctor how many treatment sessions you will need to remove your tattoo.
What can I expect after laser tattoo removal?
After the laser tattoo removal procedure is complete and you no longer need any repeat treatments, you will notice that the tattoo has become significantly lighter. You can place an ice pack over the affected area to soothe any irritation from the laser treatment. You will also be given an antibiotic cream as well as a bandage to keep the area covered with following your treatment. Be sure to keep the area covered until it has fully healed. It’s also important to avoid direct sunlight on the treated area, as it will be more sensitive to light than usual.
Is laser tattoo removal dangerous?
Laser tattoo removal is one of the safest ways to remove an unwanted tattoo; however, there are some possible side effects that you should be aware of before committing to a treatment. These include:
- Chance of skin infection
- Possibility of hypopigmentation (skin that is lighter than the skin around it)
- Possibility of hyperpigmentation (skin that is darker than the skin around it)
- Chance that the tattoo will not completely go away
- Small chance of permanent scarring
What color tattoos are hardest to remove?
Oddly enough, black is the easiest tattoo color to remove from the skin. Similarly, dark green is another simple color to change back to your natural skin color during laser tattoo removal. For each color of tattoo ink, there is a corresponding laser light color that helps remove that specific pigment type. So, no matter what color your tattoo is, there’s a laser tattoo removal process that can help remove it. However, some tattoo colors are less likely to completely disappear than black or dark green tattoos. The hardest tattoo colors to remove using laser tattoo removal include:
- Fluorescent colors
Can laser tattoo removal cause damage to the skin?
In some cases, tattoo removal could result in discoloration or scarring of the skin. However, with today’s technology, laser tattoo removal is more effective with fewer risks of side effects than ever before. As with any medical procedure, be sure to speak with a trusted dermatologist about all of the possible side effects of tattoo removal before undergoing your procedure.
If you are interested in tattoo removal to erase the look of an unwanted tattoo, a consultation with an experienced dermatologist may be the first step towards helping restore the appearance and health of your skin. At Dermatology Treatment and Research Center, our board-certified physicians hold expertise in clinical, cosmetic, and general dermatology and are ready to provide you with high-quality expert care in a friendly and compassionate atmosphere. Call 972.661.2729 or fill out the form on this page to book an appointment.