That tattoo was a great idea at the time, but now the design, name, or quote seems out of place on your body. Instead of symbolizing something meaningful, it simply leads to a regretful glance in the mirror. People opt to have a tattoo removed for a variety of reasons: an inability to cover it, embarrassment, or a faded appearance. Most often, the motivation to erase a tattoo is simple: it does not reflect who the person is today. Fortunately, technology has come a long way. If you have become dissatisfied with your tattoo, you don’t have to live with it forever. Here are some ways you can prepare to clean the slate.
Get the lowdown on the laser.
Laser technology has become more precise and versatile. Before you have your first treatment, do some research on the the type of laser your dermatologist will use. The PicoSure laser is a step ahead of previous generations of lasers. Safe, efficient, and cost effective, this advanced laser can target all colors in a single treatment.
Avoid sun exposure before your treatments.
Sun protection is always a good idea–and even more so before a laser treatment. During a tattoo removal procedure, light energy is directed at the ink. This zap of energy can cause the skin to swell, blister and peel. These side effects are considered normal. However, post-procedure irritation can be exacerbated if your skin has been exposed to ultraviolet rays or sun damage. You can help your skin heal more quickly by staying out of the sun for a day or two before treatment.
It takes more than one treatment to erase the ink, so be patient.
Laser tattoo removal typically requires multiple treatments. The exact number of treatments will depend on the size and complexity of the tattoo. A consistent laser treatment plan will help keep you on track and give you a sense of progress. Talk to your doctor about your goals and go into your treatments with realistic expectations.
Give your skin time to heal between treatments.
To minimize the chances of unnecessary side effects, treatments should be performed with enough buffer time between them. We recommend scheduling your laser tattoo removal sessions about 6 weeks apart. This gives the body time to remove the ink particles that have been broken down by the laser.
Ask your doctor about the possible side effects and risks.
In general, laser tattoo removal can be performed on people with different skin tones. However, those with darker skin have a higher risk of discoloration. In some cases scarring can occur. Be sure to go over any concerns you have about laser tattoo removal before your first treatment.
Laser Tattoo Removal at Advanced Dermatology, NY and NJ
If you have tattoo regret or have outgrown your tattoo, contact Advanced Dermatology in New York and New Jersey to schedule your appointment. Our Bellmore, NY and Ridgewood, NJ offices offer state-of-the-art tattoo removal procedures.