Laser Tattoo Removal Care
Before and after laser tattoo removal: After receiving laser treatments from her dermatologist (right), the permanent lip liner is gone. The tattoos can either be completely removed or lightened in the event that a patient wants to replace the old tattoo with a new one. The number of sessions needed for laser tattoo removal treatment is primarily determined by the color of the tattoo. Tattoo inks consist of many different compounds which is one of the many reasons why determining the number of sessions required to remove them can be difficult.
If you are wanting to have coverup work done and need to have your tattoo lightened to make the coverup easier, we can also assist you by not doing a complete removal but working with your tattoo artist to lighten or remove areas needed for your new work. Using short, high-powered pulses, the Q-switched laser breaks up the pigment in the tattoo into tiny particles, which are then naturally flushed out by your body’s immune system.
Pink ink, for example, often contains iron oxide, which means it may turn black under a laser, a less-than-desirable outcome, particularly if one has, for example, tattooed pink lip liner. Approximately 20-50% of individuals regret getting one or more of their tattoos, and for those individuals, laser tattoo removal, or lightening, is the safest and most effective way to erase an unwanted tattoo.