What is Laser Tattoo Removal Like?
Laser tattoo removal can feel uncomfortable, but the ultra-fast pulses from the Picoway® laser help to minimize your discomfort. Your provider will move the hand-held device over your tattoo while it administers pulses of energy. You may feel some stinging or heat.
Depending on the size of your tattoo, treatment sessions can last from 15-45 minutes. Most people need more than one session to remove a tattoo, but the number of sessions depends on several factors. Besides the size of the tattoo, the colors also play a role in how fast the laser can remove it. Dark colors like black and dark blue absorb energy easily and are easier to get rid of than colors like yellow and green.
Some tattoos require up to eight sessions or even more. You will need to wait several weeks between sessions while your skin heals. People seeking tattoo removal should have reasonable expectations about the cost and time commitment involved in the process.
What Results Will I See With Laser Tattoo Removal?
Each session, you will see more fading as the body removes more tattoo pigment. Not all tattoos can be removed completely. In some cases, only a shadow of the tattoo remains, while in other cases, some pigments may hold on more than others. During your consultation, we will discuss expectations and possible results.
What is Recovery Like With Laser Tattoo Removal?
You can resume most normal activities, but the treated area will have an ointment and bandages applied to protect the skin. You may experience redness, soreness, and sensitivity of the skin over the tattoo. This will usually fade within a few days, but your skin will take several weeks to heal completely. Wear sunscreen whenever you are outdoors and avoid using any harsh or abrasive products in the area.