If you’ve been living with an unwanted tattoo, you may be considering your options for having it covered up or removed. Laser tattoo removal is the number one way to get rid of your unwanted ink. You may have heard stories from magazines or acquaintances about their experiences with laser removal and been wondering, “Does laser tattoo removal actually work?” At Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV, you can consider us your experts in tattoo removal.
Does Laser Tattoo Removal Really Work?
You’ve heard about removing hair with lasers, but what about removing tattoos with lasers? The first question everyone with an unwanted tattoo wants to know is whether this treatment will actually fully remove their unwanted ink. Pico Laser tattoo removal is, in fact, the safest, most effective method available today for removing old, unwanted tattoos. It is a non-invasive treatment that uses laser technology to target the ink of your unwanted tattoo, leaving the surrounding skin virtually unaffected.
How Does It Work?
The process of removing tattoos with lasers starts with a specially designed laser. Because it’s important to protect the skin surrounding the tattoo, these lasers have been designed to target only the ink while leaving the skin untouched. A skilled technician will use the laser to pass over the tattoo. The laser will penetrate the skin to find and fracture the tattoo’s pigmentation.
By fracturing the tattoo’s pigmentation, the laser is able to essentially break the tattoo ink into particles that are small enough for the body to flush away naturally. This happens with the help of your lymphatic system, an essential part of the immune system which helps to move excess fluids, toxins, and other substances out of the body. When the laser breaks up your tattoo’s pigmentation, this triggers your body’s own natural processes to remove the old ink.
Lose the Tattoo and Keep Your Skin Safe
Using a laser is the safest, most effective method for removing unwanted tattoos because it targets the ink while protecting the skin. Using a concentrated beam of light has a dramatic effect on your tattoo’s ink particles, but virtually no effect on the skin. While other methods of removal can be just as painful as getting the tattoo in the first place, laser removal is relatively non-invasive and highly effective.
How does this work? The ink of your tattoo is able to absorb the light produced by the laser, whereas your skin does not have the same reaction. This allows your tattoo’s ink particles to break up into smaller pieces, while leaving the skin unaffected. Laser treatments rely only on the power of concentrated light; there’s no need for invasive implements such as needles or knives.
Your Body Does the Rest
After our lasers break down your tattoo, your body’s natural processes do the rest of the work. The remnants of your tattoo are naturally swept away by your lymphatic system, draining the ink from the body through natural means such as sweating. Some people may find it strange to think about their tattoo ink leaving the body this way, but your lymphatic system is actually designed specifically to drain unnecessary fluids and potentially harmful substances from your body. In this way, laser removal utilizes your body’s own intelligence to remove your tattoo in the most natural way possible.
Is This Treatment Right For Me?
If you’re looking to remove an unwanted tattoo, then laser removal is your best option. Due to the unique nature of tattoos, treatment needs to be customized for each individual. Your treatment will be customized depending on the size, shape, and appearance of your tattoo. However, regardless of what your tattoo looks like when you first come in, you’ll see signs of fading after a single laser treatment. Certain colors or tattoos with more dense ink may require multiple sessions. During your initial consultation, we will be able to assess the tattoo you want removed and create a custom plan for its removal.
Can I Remove a Full-Color Tattoo?
Laser technology has advanced enough now that tattoos of all pigmentations can be easily removed. That being said, due to the nature of light, the laser will have a different impact on dark pigmentations than light pigmentations. Because brighter colors naturally reflect more light, more sessions may be required to break up tattoos using lighter ink. In contrast, darker colors naturally absorb more light, thereby making laser removal extra effective for tattoos featuring darker pigmentations.
Generally speaking, tattoos using only dark colors, such as black-and-white tattoos, will take fewer sessions than full-color tattoos. The amount of sessions required for removing a black-and-white tattoo, however, will also be impacted by the tattoo’s density. Additionally, this does not mean that a laser cannot be used to remove full color tattoos. In fact, even stubborn colors such as yellows and greens can now be effectively removed with lasers. The best way to know what to expect from the tattoo removal process for your specific tattoo is to book a consultation and have our team of experts make an assessment.
When Will I See Results?
Because of the individual nature of tattoos, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to how long it will take to fully remove a tattoo via lasers. Tattoo removal is an ongoing process; it can take several sessions to receive the results you desire. Removing your tattoo may take some patience, but even though your tattoo won’t likely be removed in one session, you will absolutely see your tattoo fade significantly after just one treatment.
Just like with any cosmetic treatment, patience and maintenance is necessary to receive the desired results you want. Tattoos don’t just disappear overnight. The body requires up to eight weeks to process the effects of a treatment session; average tattoo removals can take anywhere from six to eight sessions. We recommend scheduling laser treatments three months apart to allow the body to break down as much of the tattoo as possible before your next session.
Laser Removal vs. Cover-Ups
Covering up a tattoo is another alternative some people use to deal with unwanted tattoos. However, unlike laser removal, cover-ups can be risky, as you need to put your faith in an artist to be able to effectively cover the existing tattoo. Sometimes, a tattoo design is too dense or prominent for cover-ups to work; and, if done incorrectly, a cover-up can only add insult to injury. Did you know that the best cover-ups are performed on tattoos that have been partially treated with laser removal technology? Yes, even if you want your tattoo covered up, fading it with lasers first can give you the best possible outcome.
Laser removal is the safest, least invasive, and most effective way to deal with unwanted reminders of the past. Don’t complicate an existing problem by gambling on a cover-up solution. If you’re tired of trying to hide embarrassing tattoos that seemed like a good idea at one point, then a laser treatment is your best option.
Booking Your Appointment
When you’re ready to get your tattoo removed, it’s important to book an appointment with the experts. Taking shortcuts and booking at underqualified salons to save a few bucks can leave your skin at risk for unintentional pigment lightening, scarring, or blistering. At Reno Sparks MedSpa, our licensed laser technicians have years of training and experience in dermatology. Additionally, all of our treatments are medically supervised, so you know your skin is in good hands. It’s essential to book your tattoo removal with a qualified expert so your tattoo is removed with precision and care.
How To Prepare Your Tattoo for Removal
As soon as you know you’re unhappy with a tattoo and would like to have it removed, you need to start using zinc oxide sunscreen on it. The most common reason why people may not be able to receive a laser treatment is because of sun exposure. It seems counter-intuitive, but protecting your unwanted tattoos is actually what will make them eligible for laser removal.
For your tattoo removal aftercare, you’ll want to have Aquaphor, bandages, and comfortable clothes that won’t irritate the treatment area. Your treated tattoos may be slightly tender after a session, so plan your sessions accordingly and ensure you have clothing articles that will accommodate this.
Remove Your Unwanted Tattoos Today
You don’t have to continue living with the regret and embarrassment of an unwanted tattoo; laser treatments have been proven to be safe and effective for tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal is the best way to remove a permanent reminder of your past. Contact the specialists at Reno Sparks MedSpa today to book your consultation.