When we get tattoos, we often imagine having them forever. Sometimes, we decide we want them removed instead. Laser tattoo removal is an option that has helped people to get rid of tattoos they no longer want.
When it comes to laser tattoo removal, one thing to know is that some lasers are not cut out for the job. IPL lasers, lasers for hair removal, and CO2 lasers can cause scarring if they are used to attempt tattoo removal.
Even the lasers that are made specifically to be used for tattoo removal need to be used and calibrated correctly to avoid scarring or other potential issues. The reason is that different lasers use different wavelengths,and different amounts of energy per treatment.
The goal of laser tattoo removal is for the laser energy to penetrate to the layer of skin where the tattoo ink is and break it up so the body can carry it away. Too much power or intensity in the laser treatment can increase the risk of burns, scarring, or other complications during treatment.
Whenever our bodies undergo physical trauma, such as laser treatments, there may be a risk of scarring. There are things you can do to help ensure safety and optimal results for your laser tattoo removal process.
- Visit a reputable laser tattoo removal clinic such as Clean Slate Ink who have trained professional with experience and the correct equipment
- Do research on your provider, see if they let you see before and after pictures of clients
- Choose not to undergo laser tattoo removal if you have a history of keloid scarring
In some cases, either the tattoo process itself or improperly calibrated lasers may cause scarring. The tattoo can still be treated, but the scarring will be visible after the removal of the ink.
As you begin the tattoo removal process, it’s important to heed your technician’s advice on aftercare so you can heal as quickly and effectively as possible. Some things we tell our patients include:
- Do not pick the treatment area when it scabs
- Keep the treatment area clean,dry and covered for the first few days after treatment
- Make sure to change your bandages on a regular basis for sanitary purposes
- Do not schedule laser sessions too close together, so the skin can heal fully between sessions
Following these steps, as well as these aftercare instructions will reduce the risk of scarring, infection, or complications. If you take proper care of the treatment area as it heals, you will likely reduce your healing time and get better results overall.
It’s important to note that laser tattoo removal is a process. It’s more of a marathon than a sprint. It will take time and patience. The number of sessions that will be required to remove a tattoo varies from person to person. It’s effected by things such as:
- Depth and amount of ink
- Colors used in the tattoo(s)
- Client’s overall health
- Genetic factors
- Adherence to care instructions
So if you are looking to permanently remove a memory from the past, visit Clean Slate Ink. We provide the latest technologies specifically geared for safe and effective tattoo removal. Consultations are always complimentary.