Laser tattoo removal – answers to three commonly asked questions

Posted on 17 Sep, 2010

Tattoo culture has seen tremendous growth throughout the world. Many people have got themselves inked. With a rise in the number of people getting tattoos, there is also an increasing percentage of people who want to get rid of their tattoos.

Many people have benefited from laser tattoo removal but still, for some the procedure is relatively new. They do not have adequate information about this treatment. A few commonly asked questions are answered below.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser tattoo removal involves the use of intense and focused beams of laser light that are directed on the tattoo. This causes the ink pigments to break down into small particles. These tiny fragments are then absorbed by the body’s immune system and gradually flushed out of the body. Modern laser technology precisely targets the tattoo without harming the surrounding skin area.

How painful is the treatment?

Laser tattoo removal is relatively painless. If any person can comfortably bear the pain of getting a tattoo done, then he/she would not find the procedure painful. Many patients describe the pain as nothing more than a rubber band being snapped on the skin. The best part of the treatment is that it takes little time to complete. Most clinics also offer cooling packs or numbing creams to help deal with the pain.

How many sessions are required?

The number of sessions required varies from person to person and type of tattoo. Various other factors like age of the tattoo, colour and depth of ink used and where the tattoo is placed affect the length of the treatment. If a tattoo is done by a professional, then it is difficult to remove compared to amateur tattoos.