10 FAQs about Laser Tattoo Removal

10 FAQs about Laser Tattoo Removal

Should I have my tattoo removed with laser removal?

Laser tattoo removal is widely considered one of the most effective ways to remove a tattoo completely. If you aren’t happy with tattoo decisions of your past, then this is a great way to permanently remove your tattoo.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser tattoo removal works by a concentrated light being pulsated into the pigments of the tattoo. The pigment then breaks down and the body’s immune system removes it. Different lasers target different colors in the tattoo to remove it.

How long will it take to remove a tattoo?

The amount of sessions required to completely remove a tattoo varies from tattoo to tattoo and person to person. After a session, it can take three to six weeks before you can have your next session. Overall, it can take up to a year for the tattoo to completely disappear.

Why do I have to wait between sessions?

The waiting period between sessions is necessary to allow the body to remove the pigment. The amount of time can vary depending on how fast your immune system works.

Is laser tattoo removal a painful process?

Laser tattoo removal can be painful, for some people no more than getting the tattoo initially. Many people compare the pain to that of grease splatter, and this is a result of the intense heat from the concentrated light of the laser.

What are some of the side effects from laser tattoo removal?

Most commonly, people experience redness, tenderness, swelling, blistering, scabbing, bruising or discoloration. This is typically as a result of the heat from the laser. With proper care, most people will not experience scarring, but that is a possibility.

Will I experience any scarring?

With proper care following the laser tattoo removal, most people will not experience scarring as a result of the treatment. If you experience blistering, proper care and not picking the scab will prevent scarring from happening. A licensed practitioner is trained to minimize the risk of scarring.

How much will it cost to have a tattoo removed?

It is a pricy process to remove a tattoo, but for most it is worth the cost. Roughly, it can cost up to ten times the cost of your initial tattoo. During your consultation, your tech will be able to provide you with an accurate cost estimate.

Is it safe to have a tattoo removed?

For the most part, tattoo removal is a common and widely used procedure that has minimal side effects. As long as the site remains clean and free of infection, it is a pretty safe process.

How effective is laser tattoo removal?

While it varies from person to person and depends greatly on the age and colors used in the tattoo, overall with the appropriate amount of sessions most people find that their tattoo fades and becomes nonexistent, making it a very effective way to remove a tattoo.


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