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How does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

How does Laser Tattoo Removal Work | Dermatology | AustinMore than 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo. It is fairly common for a person to seek removal of a permanent tattoo at some point of time. The tattoo may have become uninteresting or irrelevant, faded, or distorted, or may be interfering with an individual’s career opportunities. Whatever the reason, it is possible to achieve tattoo removal with advanced laser-based skin care procedures.

Laser tattoo removal avoids the need for surgery, and enables quick and effective removal of the unwanted tattoo. Zimmet Vein & Dermatology is a leading practice equipped with cutting edge laser technology for tattoo removal. The practice is headed by Dr. Steven Zimmet, who is a highly trained and experienced dermatologist providing latest cosmetic and medical skin care treatments. Dr. Zimmet provides laser tattoo removal to patients in Austin, TX and surrounding locations.


Customized Treatment

Each tattoo is unique in terms of its size, age, location, depth, and color. Some tattoos may be created with rare or unapproved inks or colors, which may be more difficult to remove. Tattoos in red, black, and blue colors typically respond well to laser treatment. An individual’s skin tone will also be a determining factor in tattoo removal procedure.

Dr. Zimmet aims to provide customized skin care solutions for various medical and cosmetic skin conditions, and applies the same principles also for effective tattoo removal. He will carefully evaluate the tattoo composition factors and skin tone to determine the extent and intensity of laser treatment that may be required.


Advanced Laser Technology

Zimmet Vein & Dermatology is equipped with state of the art TriBeam Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser technology for tattoo removal. This unique laser enables fractionated delivery of laser energy in a Q-Switched platform. For the treatment of tattoos, it employs 1064 and 532 wavelength light, which is delivered in nanosecond pulse durations. Effective skin penetration is achieved with the laser operating at a high peak power.

Short pulse duration ensures that the risk of damage to surrounding healthy tissue is minimized. An experienced dermatologist or laser expert will ensure highly precise outcomes with laser tattoo removal. Multiple laser treatment sessions will usually be required to achieve optimal fading. Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and nearby areas for laser tattoo removal.


Key Steps in Removal Procedure

The following steps are usually followed in laser tattoo removal procedure:

  • Topical anesthesia or a Zimmer Chiller is used for laser tattoo removal.
  • The patient’s eyes are covered with a protective eye shield.
  • The provider will test the patient’s skin reaction to laser to decide optimal laser intensity.
  • Smaller and lighter tattoos will require fewer laser pulses as compared to deeper or larger tattoos.
  • The tattoo will become progressive lighter with each laser treatment session.


Results and Recovery

The tattoo will disappear completely in some cases, while in others it will be lightened substantially. Scarring risk is very low with the Tri-Beam Q-Switched Laser. Temporary redness or discoloration of the skin may occur. Sun exposure in the treated area should be avoided for several weeks.

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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