A tattoo lasts a lifetime — but it doesn’t have to! At Dermio Dermatology in Munster, Dyer, Valparaiso, and DeMotte, Indiana, Dr. Soleymani understands that the tattoo you got at 22 may not always seem quite as appealing to you 20 years later. That’s why he and his expert team offer laser tattoo removal services to patients hoping to turn back the clock and get rid of unwanted tattoos as quickly and painlessly as possible. Call Dermio Dermatology or book an appointment online today to learn more about your tattoo removal options.
Though tattoos are designed to be permanent, laser tattoo removal works by breaking up the tattoo’s pigments with a high-intensity laser. This high-intensity light beam breaks up the color of your tattoo with each pulse, while your body absorbs slowly absorbs the pigment to reduce the appearance of your tattoo or remove it altogether.
Because it takes time for your body’s lymphatic system to absorb and eliminate your tattoo’s pigments, laser tattoo removal typically takes several sessions before your desired results can be achieved. Through this process, your unwanted tattoo will begin to fade over time.
If you are hoping to replace your old tattoo with a new one, Dr. Soleymani can fade your current tattoo to prepare for its replacement, which typically takes less time and fewer sessions than complete removal.
How long it takes for your tattoo to fade completely depends entirely on the size of your tattoo and its pigments. Because black tattoo ink is able to absorb all laser wavelengths, it is thought to be easier to remove. If you have a brightly colored tattoo, or ink with multiple different pigments, it will likely take longer to fade and may even require various types of lasers to treat.
The easiest pigments for dermatologists to remove are:
Tattoo pigments that may require more visits to remove include:
Before your treatment, Dr. Soleymani will numb your skin to prepare for laser therapy. While laser tattoo removal varies from patient to patient, the pain should never feel unbearable. Your tattoo may look frosty after the first treatment, but it will soon fade gradually over the course of multiple sessions.
For the first 24 hours after your treatment, it’s important to ice the area on and off to reduce inflammation and redness. It’s perfectly normal to experience the following side effects following your laser tattoo removal treatments:
Because your skin will feel tender and exposed, make sure to rub an antibiotic ointment over your tattoo and cover it with a bandage during the healing process. Your skin will be extra sensitive during this time, so wearing sunblock when you go outside is crucial.
For a laser tattoo removal consultation, call Dermio Dermatology or book an appointment online today.