What is tattoo removal treatment?
Laser technology is the latest advancement in tattoo removal treatment. Though traditional methods are still used, laser tattoo removal has produced better and more satisfying results for patients without a significant increase in cost.
Laser tattoo removal is an advanced treatment designed to completely eliminate tattoos, without leaving scars or unpigmented areas of skin behind.
During a laser tattoo removal treatment, the laser’s high energy light breaks up the tattoo ink into tiny particles, which are gradually absorbed by the skin. Laser tattoo removal may cause slight discomfort, though a local anesthetic can be used to eliminate the pain.
Following a laser tattoo removal treatment, minor side effects such as red and tender skin may occur; however, these tend to diminish within three to seven days.
What is the benefit of tattoo removal treatment?
You might consider tattoo removal if you regret a tattoo or you're unhappy with the appearance of your tattoo. Perhaps the tattoo has faded or blurred, or you decide that the tattoo doesn't fit your current image.
Tattoo removal might also be important if you develop an allergic reaction to the tattoo or other complications, such as an infection.
Because each tattoo is unique, removal techniques must be tailored to suit each individual case. In the past, tattoos could be removed by a wide variety of methods but, in many cases, the scars were more unsightly than the tattoo itself.
Patients with previously treated tattoos may also be candidates for laser therapy. Tattoos that have not been effectively removed by other treatments or through home remedies may respond well to laser therapy providing the prior treatments did not result in excessive scarring.
How much does a tattoo removal treatment cost?
The average laser tattoo removal cost ranges from $200 to $500 per treatment session. The price is dependent on several factors, including the type and extent of the tattoo, and the expertise and training of the surgeon.
Since laser tattoo removal can take several treatments to complete, the total cost could be as little as $1,000 or as high as $10,000.
Though these prices may be intimidating, several cosmetic surgeons offer payment plans and other financing options to help patients cover the laser tattoo removal cost.
How long does a tattoo removal treatment session last?
Depending on the size and color of your tattoo, the number of treatments will vary. Your tattoo may be removed in two to four treatments, though many more sessions may be necessary. You should schedule a consultation, during which time a trained professional will evaluate your personal situation and advise you on the process.
Treatment with the laser varies from patient to patient depending on the age, size, and type of tattoo (amateur or professional). The color of the patient's skin, as well as the depth to which the tattoo pigment extends, will also affect the removal technique.
In general, this is what you should expect during a laser tattoo removal session:
l You’ll be given a pair of protective eye shields.
l The technician will test your skin's reaction to the laser to determine the most effective energy for treatment.
l The technician uses the laser to pass pulses of intense light through the top layers of your skin that will be absorbed by the tattoo pigment only.
Smaller tattoos will require fewer pulses while larger ones will need more to remove them. In either case, to completely get rid of a tattoo, it will take several treatments. After each treatment, your tattoo should become progressively lighter.
Laser tattoo removal is uncomfortable, but most patients don’t need anesthesia. Depending on the location of your tattoo, you may want to apply a topical anesthesia cream beforehand.
What are the tattoo removal treatment risk and side effect?
There are minimal side effects to laser tattoo removal. However, you should consider these factors in your decision:
· The tattoo removal site is at risk of infection. You may also risk a lack of complete pigment removal, and there is a slight chance that the treatment can leave you with a permanent scar.
· You may also risk hypopigmentation, where the treated skin is paler than surrounding skin, or hyperpigmentation, where the treated skin is darker than surrounding skin.
· Cosmetic tattoos like lip liner, eyeliner and eyebrows may darken following treatment with tattoo removal lasers. Further treatment of the darkened tattoos usually results in fading.
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