The reasons people have for removing tattoos are as varied as the reasons they wanted their tattoo in the first place. People have applied tattoos to their skin for thousands of years. In ancient times it was customary to rub ash into skin cuts at bereavement ceremonies and tattoos have been found on Egyptian mummies dating back to 4000 B.C. In today’s world, tattoos can be viewed positively or negatively as signs of immaturity and rebelliousness. No matter how one feels about tattoos, over time the ink particles move deeper into the skin becoming duller and blurred. In the late 1970s, laser tattoo removal became available and it was discovered that tattoo inks absorbed different wavelengths of light. The laser’s selective heating broke up the ink particles and this medical breakthrough changed many lives for the thousands of people living with “tattoo regret.”
Tattoos are often sought to symbolize a special memory or time in our life but in some cases, what once was considered a good idea may not have the same appeal as it did originally. Having a tattoo can cause embarrassment when certain clothes are worn and in some cases, it can even hold a person back from their career. If your tattoo no longer represents who you are, the good news is that laser treatments at Shine Cosmetic Surgery are a reliable solution for permanently removing or lightening tattoos of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Dr. Daniel H. Lin will perform your laser tattoo removal by delivering laser energy into your skin allowing it to absorb the tattoo ink while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.
A laser tattoo removal procedure takes approximately 15-30 minutes and patients commonly report a stinging sensation during their treatment. Afterward, the feeling resembles a mild throbbing and numbing agents or anesthetics can help alleviate the pain if necessary. Since the laser energy breaks up the ink into tiny particles, during the weeks that follow the procedure your body’s natural healing and cleansing process will absorb the ink fragments. Because tattoos are meant to last a lifetime, multiple laser sessions are usually required and the number of treatments needed will depend on the location, size, depth, color, and whether your tattoo was homemade or done professionally. Typically, 5-10 sessions are required and the treatments should be spaced 6-8 weeks apart to give your body time to eliminate the fragments of ink. The risk of scarring from your laser tattoo removal is very low however minor crusting or bleeding may persist for a few days after each treatment. Laser tattoo removal works best on black and other dark colors because they absorb more of the laser energy although lighter-colored tattoos can also be removed or significantly lightened.
Although you may be apprehensive about undergoing laser tattoo removal, it is important to note that it is a very safe and effective procedure. A laser is a device that generates an intense beam of coherent light that creates a specific tissue reaction depending on the wavelength of laser light it produces. Laser technology has been used to effectively treat cosmetic imperfections in patients for years and the technology is well proven and documented. If you are considering laser tattoo removal, we invite you to contact Shine Cosmetic Surgery so we can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lin to determine if you are a candidate. After your laser tattoo removal, we will give you instructions to promote optimal healing and recovery of your skin and following them will help you achieve the best results so please call today.