More Questions About Laser Tattoo Removal

Once upon a time that tattoo of a rampant unicorn may have seemed like a great idea. A lot of people have second thoughts about the tattoo they decided to get whether it’s 1 year later or 20 years later. If you’re having second thoughts about the tattoo that you received and are looking into laser tattoo removal then you probably have some questions about the process. Here are the top ten questions and their answers about having a tattoo removed by laser.

How painful is the procedure of laser tattoo removal?
There usually isn’t much pain involved during the procedure due to the fact that many places use some form of topical numbing cream prior to the process.

How long does it take?
This really depends on the tattoo size. Length of treatments can vary. Session times are usually between 15 and 45 minutes.

How many sessions will it take to remove my tattoo?
This answer really depends on skin type, type of tattoo and even the kind of ink used. On average, size of tattoo depending, a normal tattoo can take anywhere from 5 to 10 sessions before the tattoo is completely removed. Tattoos that are homemade usually take around 4 sessions to remove.

What’s the time span between sessions?
The time needed for your skin to heal between sessions can be anywhere from 6 weeks to 12 weeks. Though it may seem like a long time between sessions it’s very important that your skin heals properly between the sessions.

Does laser tattoo removal work on all ink colors?
Yes. When you have a tattoo removed by laser removal, darker colors respond very well to the treatment.

Are the results of laser tattoo removal permanent?
Yes. Once your tattoo has been removed it is permanent.

Is there any scarring from laser tattoo removal?
Yes. There is mild scarring that will fade with time. Your doctor will give you post care instructions that, if followed, will speed up the healing process.

What will I have to do to prepare for this form of treatment?
You should avoid sun exposure to the area of removal for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment. Certain oral medications and topical creams should be stopped a few days before treatment. No skin care products should be used for at least 3 days prior to treatment. Avoid tanning. Tanned skin and darker skin tones are much more difficult to treat and the laser tattoo removal may not work well.

What do I need to do for aftercare?
Aftercare for laser tattoo removal is not unlike the aftercare of getting the tattoo that you’re having removed. Healing ointments and a bandage are often applied. Keep it clean and dry. Avoid sun exposure to the treated area. Don’t wear makeup or creams on the treated area. There may be a little pain which a cold compress can help with. Like tattoos, above all, don’t pick the scab! If the tattoo is in an area that is normally shaved, you will want to avoid shaving.

How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
The cost varies. The cost depends on many factors which include the location of the tattoo, the type of skin and tattoo that you have, the tattoo’s colors, and the number of sessions that may be required.