All Your Questions About Laser Tattoo Removal, Answered

Dr. Sacha Obaid, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Dallas, Plano, Southlake, and Nearby Fort Worth, Texas

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Technology has gifted us with a lot of things, and one of them is the ability to erase the permanent - at least the once “permanent” inks on your skin. Thanks to recent advancements, tattoos are now safely and effectively erasable.

How much should I prepare for a laser tattoo removal?

Right off the bat, it’s important to note that laser tattoo removal can cost as much as ten times the price of getting your tattoo. This is because the equipment to be used for the removal is highly specialized. The price of the procedure is contingent on a variety of factors, such as the size of the tattoo as well as the type and color of ink used, and usually ranges from $75-$125.

 

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Contrary to the common misconception, laser tattoo removal does not “burn” the tattoo out of your skin. The science behind this procedure involves a laser sending light of different wavelengths to your skin. Once the tattoo ink particles absorb this light energy, they break off in minute fragments and the body’s immune system will get to work in flushing it out of your body.

Depending on the tattoo, it may take a couple of sessions before the ink is completely erased from your skin. The Kirby-Desai scale is a common tool for determining how many treatments you’ll need, which takes into consideration your skin type, tattoo location and amount of ink used among others.

The speed of the removal can also be attributed to your health, as physically fit patients tend to see results quicker. Another factor is how advanced the tattoo removal technology is, which is why it’s imperative that you carefully canvas the market and evaluate all your options before choosing your provider.

 

Will removing my tattoo hurt?

Many patients claim the sensation that accompanies tattoo removal is similar to that of tattoo application. That said, a certain threshold of pain is to be expected but it is manageable. If you are concerned about the discomfort, you can opt to have your skin numbed or soothed before the procedure. Most providers offer this service, so you don’t have to worry.  

 

Should I expect any side effects?

Yes, it is common to experience side effects after laser tattoo removal. Some of these are blistering, swelling, redness, bruising and hyper/hypopigmentation. However, if all the proper aftercare protocols were followed, these side effects will eventually subside.

There is no cause for alarm, especially when your provider has fully explained its extent prior to the procedure. As for scarring, it is very unlikely if the proper removal procedure and post-treatment upkeep are followed. If you have a history of keloids, however, you run a higher risk of scarring. You should be as transparent as possible with your provider regarding your medical history to ensure the most optimum patient care.

 

Planning to have your tattoo removed for good? Get in touch with us at 877-629-6468 or book online for a free consultation and examination.

 

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