Tattoos can be a wonderful way to cover your skin with beautiful or meaningful art. However, the permanence of tattooing means that you can also end up with ink that you come to regret. Do you have a tattoo you’d rather not have on your skin anymore? You should know you have options.
In the past, laser tattoo removal could be used to remove an unwanted tattoo, but not without leaving telltale scarring behind. With today’s techniques and technologies, you don’t need to worry about scarring.
At Lasercare Skin Clinic of Little Rock, Arkansas, Dr. Bruce Sanderson and our team of laser and medical spa providers offer laser tattoo removal that can handle any skin type and almost any type of tattoo ink without leaving any scars behind. Here’s what you need to know about laser tattoo removal.
When you get a tattoo, a needle injects many small deposits of ink into the deeper layers of your skin. After your skin heals, the ink remains, creating a permanent mark visible on the surface of your skin.
With laser tattoo removal, you can get rid of any tattoo ink color regardless of your skin color. Laser treatment can get rid of your unwanted ink without scarring or other lasting blemishes, giving you back your clear skin.
Laser tattoo removal treatment works by targeting subdermal ink pigment with nonthermal, photomechanical laser energy. The treatment process doesn’t damage your skin and doesn’t cause any more pain than the sensation of being snapped with a small rubber band.
The laser energy breaks up the tattoo ink pigment into tiny particles, which your body naturally flushes out of your system, leaving your skin clean and clear. You might see a little swelling or skin flaking after laser tattoo removal treatment, but you don’t need any downtime and aren’t at risk for post-treatment scarring.
Dr. Sanderson and our Lasercare Skin Clinic team use the advanced Enlighten™ laser system, which includes the powerful PICO Genesis laser.
Depending on the size and coloring of your tattoo, it may take multiple laser tattoo removal treatment sessions for you to see your best results. Five or more treatment sessions are commonly needed, spaced two weeks apart to give your skin a chance to rest.
After just one or two treatment sessions, you may notice your unwanted tattoo starting to fade significantly. Staying hydrated after a treatment session can be helpful in flushing the broken-up particles of ink pigmentation out of your body.
To learn more about how the PICO Genesis laser can remove your unwanted tattoos without leaving any scarring behind, get in touch with Dr. Sanderson and our team at Lasercare Skin Clinic today. Schedule your consultation appointment online or over the phone now.