About one in two people who have some sort of permanent tattoo will choose to have it removed at some future date. Such people can take heart from the fact that innovations in laser-based cosmetic dermatology have made tattoo removal easier and minimized its impact on the skin.
Permanent tattoo removal through laser is not as simple as it may appear. Only a trained and experienced laser treatment provider should perform this procedure to ensure that the individual is not exposed to unnecessary side effects. Dr. Steven Zimmet is a leading dermatologist providing laser tattoo removal and various other procedures to patients in Austin, TX and surrounding communities.
How does Laser Treatment Work?
Laser treatments are applied today in a variety of skin care procedures. In case of tattoo removal, the laser expert will focus the laser beams over the targeted area to release the precise amount of energy in a controlled manner. The laser energy is designed to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin to disintegrate the pigment colors of the tattoo thoroughly.
Black and other deep dark colored tattoos are removed more effectively because maximum laser wavelengths will be absorbed by the dark pigment. To treat the tattoos in other colors, selective lasers will have to be applied by the dermatologist, depending on the particular color of the tattoo. The laser technique will be customized to suit the specific condition of the tattoo in order to achieve tattoo removal without leaving conspicuous scars.
Tattoo Removal Procedure
Multiple laser dermatology sessions may be planned to remove the permanent tattoo, depending on its size and color. During the initial evaluation process, the laser expert will assess the age of the tattoo, the quality of the ink used, and whether it was originally imprinted by a professional or an amateur. Patient’s skin type and color will also be taken into account while creating a customized treatment. Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and other areas for laser tattoo removal.
The following steps are usually included in the laser tattoo removal procedure:
- A protective eye shield is provided to the patient to cover the eyes during the treatment.
- The skin reaction to the laser is tested in order to determine the optimal laser intensity.
- The laser expert will activate the laser light after placing the hand piece against the affected area of the skin.
- If the tattoo or lighter or smaller, it will require fewer laser pulses. Bigger or deeper tattoo will require more pulses.
- Multiple laser sessions may be planned, and the tattoo will become progressively lighter with each session.
In a majority of cases, laser tattoo removal is performed without any need for anesthesia. But the patient’s pain tolerance as well as the location of the tattoo will be taken into consideration and some patients may receive an application of local anesthetic.
Following the treatment, a bandage or a patch will be placed over the tattoo site. The skin care expert may prescribe a topical antibiotic cream and also recommend the use of sun protection cream for several weeks.