Just because you got what you thought was a really cool tattoo in your teens doesn’t mean you’ll still be happy with it 10 or 20 years later. Maybe you’re now working in a field where visible tattoo are not considered acceptable or the sweetheart’s name is a problem in your current relationship. Read more for the good news on how laser tattoo removal at New Wave Laser Tattoo Removal can eradicate your ink.
How Do Lasers Work?
Tattoo ink is literally injected into your skin with a very fine needle. The ink can be of any color, but all inks are composed of single pigments or blend of pigments. A laser breaks up the pigment colors with a high-intensity light beam so the pigment can be absorbed by the body. Black pigment is the easiest color to treat as it will absorb all of the laser wavelengths.
Where Do I Start?
The first step is to schedule a consultation with a trained professional. Although laser treatment is usually safe when properly performed, you want to make sure you’re dealing with someone who knows what he or she is doing and follows all safety procedures. The technician can assess the situation – size, color, age and location of the tattoos all affect the process, as does tattoo depth and your own skin color.
What’s the Treatment Like?
In most cases, you’ll wear a protective eye shield and the technician will apply an anesthetic cream to the skin. The technician begins by testing your skin to see how it responds to the laser; this helps him or her determine the right energy levels and length of treatment. The laser wand is slowly passed over the tattoo, emitting pulses of intense light that is absorbed by the tattoo pigment. In most cases, you’ll need more than one treatment.
After the Procedure
The topical anesthesia cream usually minimizes any discomfort during the procedure – although you may feel as though you have a sunburn in the treated area. An ice pack applied as soon as the procedure is complete can also be helpful. An antibiotic cream or ointment decreases any risk of infection. Protect the treated area from the sun.
Are There Any Risks?
Since laser treatment targets only the pigment, it is less likely to have side effects than other treatments for tattoo removal. There’s a slight risk of infection and scarring, which is why sun protection and antibiotic creams are recommended. Some tattoos may not fade completely; tattoos that are inscribed solely with blue or black ink tend to respond better to laser treatments. Cosmetic tattoo like eyeliner may initially get darker and only lighten after repeated treatments. Occasionally tattoo removal affects the color of the skin, making it darker or lighter.