Laser tattoo removal and how it works

Posted on 27 Oct, 2009

Laser tattoo removal is a procedure which uses concentrated laser beams to remove unwanted tattoos from your body. During this process, the laser is focused on the inked area of the skin. The laser then causes the ink to fragment into small pieces. The entire procedure requires multiple sessions, which may a number of weeks to complete.

Before the treatment

There is some pain associated with laser tattoo removal treatment, although this is usually bearable, and patients are usually instructed to take some painkillers a few hours before the procedure. Some clinics also apply anaesthetic creams onto the tattooed area to further reduce discomfort.

Laser tattoo removal procedure and the cost

Prior to the surgery commencing, you will be given glasses to protect your eyes from the laser beams. Before the actual treatment, the specialist should use various lasers on the skin- to test the patient for any potential skin reactions and to determine which laser will be the most effective. After this, a laser will be directed onto the skin, which delivers laser pulses to the ink pigments. After the session is completed, ice is applied to prevent swelling.

The cost of the tattoo removal treatment depends on the size, colour and the location of the tattoo. These factors also determine the number of sessions which will be required for complete removal of the tattoo.