What to expect from laser tattoo removal

Posted on 21 Jun, 2010

Tattoo removal has become quite a common procedure in the last few years. A lot of the time, people opt for tattoo removal when they didn’t fully consider their tattoo before they got it done. The time it takes to complete the laser tattoo removal procedure can vary depending upon the colour of the tattoo and how big it is.

Laser tattoo removal can vary from person to person depending on the size and type of tattoo and the patient’s age as well. However, the process is generally the same. If you plan to undergo this kind of treatment, here are some of the things you can expect.

• Patients are given protective eye shields

• The laser is then tested on the skin to find the most effective level for the treatment

• A hand piece is placed against the skin and the laser light is activated. This usually feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin

• After each session, the tattoo becomes lighter and an ice pack is placed on it immediately.

Smaller tattoos need fewer pulses as compared to larger tattoos. But regardless of the size, patients require more than one sitting. Patients are also given an ointment or antibiotic cream to help with healing. The area is also covered by a patch or bandage and patients may need to apply sun block if they are out in the sun. Laser tattoo removal does not include the use of anaesthesia but patients should choose an appropriate clinic to undergo laser tattoo removal for the best results.