How does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser therapy is a new and innovative way to remove unwanted tattoos. We use a Q-switched laser to deliver very quick pulses of light to the targeted area. The ink absorbs the light and breaks down the pigment. After that, the body’s natural healing process begins, and the white blood cells remove the discarded pigment from the body.
How long does the process of removing tattoos take?
Because each treatment involves two steps–one, to perform the laser treatment on the tattoo itself and two, to allow the target area sufficient time to heal–the process usually takes about eight weeks. Depending on the age of the tattoo, the colors, and depth of the ink, it may involve several sessions. With today’s detailed artwork, many tattoos require eight to ten sessions to be fully removed. It is important to note that “removal” usually does not mean that the tattoos disappear but are, instead, greatly diminished.
Is laser tattoo removal painful?
The discomfort is dependent on the laser used, the area of the tattoo, and the color and depth of the ink. Most patients report very little discomfort as a topical anesthetic is applied prior to beginning the treatment.
How long is the tattoo removal procedure?
The duration depends on the size of the tattoo as well as the colors and depth of the ink. It may take as little as 15 minutes for a smaller, single color tattoo, but it can take as much as an hour or more for a larger, multi-color tattoo that covers a wide area.
What is the recovery process following laser tattoo removal?
Following treatment, we apply a petroleum ointment that must be continually applied at home so that the treated area remains moist. Do not scrub or use harsh soaps when bathing, and avoid hot tubs and swimming until the area has completely healed. Be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30, as well as a physical block against sunburn on already-sensitive skin.
How much does laser treatment for tattoo removal cost in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, FL?
The cost for tattoo removal is as varied as each tattoo and depends greatly on the amount of detail in the tattoo. During your consultation, we will examine and evaluate your tattoo to determine the best treatment for you. At that time, we can discuss the cost as well as available financing options.
What do I do to start treatment for tattoo removal?
Please call either of our offices to schedule your initial consultation. We will evaluate your tattoo and make a recommendation for the best course of action.
Cosmetic Laser Treatments Available:
- Skin Resurfacing
- Body Contouring
- Cellulite Treatment
- Skin Tightening
- Laser Hair Removal
- Scar Removal
The physicians and staff at Sanctuary Medical Center in Boca Raton provide personalized care for all our Cosmetic Laser Dermatology patients. We use the most advanced technologies in dermatology to help our patients maintain optimum skin health and restore self-confidence by revitalizing their appearance. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, give us a call at 561.886.0970 to speak with our friendly staff.