Tattoo removal can be a complicated process when someone wants that tattooed name or graphic permanently removed from their body. Fortunately, laser treatments help in that process, even if it potentially takes some time. But will that change as new laser technology becomes available to make tattoo removal a quicker process?
Make Sure it’s Safe for Tattoo Removal
Before you begin, it’s best to talk to your dermatologist about whether you should have your tattoo removed by laser. If you’ve attempted to remove a tattoo with creams or other treatments that caused some scarring, laser surgery might not be as successful. Otherwise, most tattoos can be removed safely, depending on the tattoo’s complexity.
Tattoos with blue and black colors are generally the easiest to remove. However, with so many other colors being used in tattoos, it’s going to require different lasers to remove those brighter shades.
Testing the Laser Pulses
During the laser procedure, testing is done to see how the patient reacts to the laser pulses on the skin. Some slight pain is involved with each pulse, though it’s generally described as a slight sting and nothing overwhelming. The patient is required to wear protective eyewear, no matter if the tattoo is located on another part of the body.
Each laser pulse will slowly remove the colors from the tattoo. These pulses may be extensive during each visit if the patient’s tattoo is overly complex. Smaller ones will require far fewer laser pulses.
Treatment After the Laser Pulses
To reduce the risk of irritation from the laser, you’ll generally have an ice pack placed on the treated area. Then a bandage is applied after applying an antibiotic cream. It’s best to use sun screen on the treated area if the spot is exposed to the sun for long hours.
What are the Outcomes?
Scarring is always an inevitability with tattoo removal, as is infection on the treated area if you don’t carefully apply an antibiotic cream after treatments. Pigmentation problems may also occur where the treated area looks lighter or slight darker than the rest of your skin. In other words, there may be signs that you once had a tattoo, yet with the details at least removed.
For many people, just removing the image is enough of a satisfaction, despite possible skin issues and the time it takes to get it done. That said, with new laser removal techniques becoming available, there may be advancements to time management.
What is the R-20 Technique?
Fox News reported last year on a new laser treatment for tattoo removal called the R-20 technique that exponentially reduces treatment time. This new laser penetrates deeper into the skin to remove complex colors in sometimes one visit. It’s just one example of how laser surgery is evolving at a faster pace to a point where many laser surgery treatments will someday be done on a near outpatient basis.
If you want a tattoo removed, Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic has the tools to successfully do that for you. Contact us for an appointment and let us help you get that tattoo literally off your chest.