Laser tattoo removal is the process of breaking down the ink particles of your skin with the help of a laser. These smaller particles are then able to be absorbed by the body, allowing the ink to fade properly. Typically, tattoos are made of large enough ink particles to be processed by your body. So whether you change your mind about a tattoo or want to go inkless, laser tattoo removal could be for you.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Deciding if you’re a good candidate for laser tattoo removal is important to ensure safety and the best results of your removal. Some key things to consider are:
- Are you considered generally healthy? A proper immune system is essential to the success of the process.
- Not pregnant or nursing.
- Will not be tanning in between sessions
- Skin tone is medium to light in color. Unfortunately, darker skin tones have a higher risk of undesired pigment changes.
- You are not currently taking medication that increases photosensitivity during treatment.
- Have no history of abnormal scarring on your skin
- Ensure there is no injury or wound on or near the treatment area.
Does it Hurt?
Laser tattoo removal is a very safe process when completed by a trained dermatologist. That being said, there are some inherent risks associated with tattoo removal. The most common is just the general discomfort during and after treatment. You will feel the heat and perhaps a moderate “snap” feeling when the laser does its work. While it is uncomfortable, it shouldn’t be nearly as painful as having the tattoo done. Afterward, you’re likely to have the sensation of a sunburn on the treated site.
Amount of Sessions Needed
The number of sessions needed for laser tattoo removal depends on your needs. It’ll take fewer sessions if you’re simply trying to fade the tattoo to cover it up. However, if you’re trying to remove a tattoo altogether, it’ll take longer. Faded tattoos will take fewer sessions, but dark and bold tattoos could take many more. You’re likely to see a difference in the first session and a significant difference 4-5 sessions in. We recommend speaking with your doctor about your needs and a treatment plan.
Getting in Touch With the Pros
Tattoos are a fantastic way to express yourself and bring some artistic expression to your life. However, there is always room for regret or the desire for improvement. That’s where our team at Old Town Med Spa in Chicago, IL, can help! Whether you want it reduced or gone, we provide a comprehensive plan for making your old tattoo exactly how you want it. So don’t hesitate to contact us at 312-313-0330 to discuss your tattoo goals today.