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How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt? | Austin DermatologyMany people want to have a tattoo removed at some point of time in their life. Laser technology offers some of the most advanced non-surgical dermatology solutions, including tattoo removal. 

Dr. Steven Zimmet is a dedicated dermatologist providing laser tattoo removal and various other procedures. Dr. Zimmet’s office is equipped with state of the art laser devices to perform a variety of skin care treatments, including tattoo removal. Patients in Austin, TX and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive treatments from Dr. Zimmet.


How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

The laser device will release powerful pulses of light, which will be focused on the tattooed area to eliminate the permanent tattoo ink. These are extremely short bursts of laser energy, which are targeted over the affected skin in a controlled manner. Many patients describe the pain experience as similar to the skin being snapped by a thin rubber band, or getting hot specks of bacon grease on the skin.

Removing black ink based tattoos will be relatively painless because the black pigment will absorb all laser wavelengths. Other colors, such as green, absorb laser beams selectively and may require different lasers with higher intensity treatment.  Removing older tattoos or tattoos made with rare types of inks may take a little longer.

Multiple Treatment Sessions

To make the entire treatment experience more effective and relatively pain-free, the laser tattoo removal expert may plan multiple treatment sessions. Each treatment session will usually last for less than 30 minutes, depending on the size and number of tattoos. The number of sessions will be determined by the type and amount of ink used and how deeply it was originally injected.

The dermatologist may keep a gap of three weeks between two treatment sessions to allow the pigment residue to be absorbed by the body. An anti-bacterial ointment may be prescribed for application after the treatment to minimize the risk of infection and provide soothing post-treatment comfort.

Redness may remain in the treated area for a few weeks, and the skin may feel a little sunburned for a couple of days. Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and nearby areas for laser tattoo removal and other procedures.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Austin TX Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

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