A tattoo can be a wonderful expression of personal design and individuality, but not everyone will forever remain satisfied with their inked skin. Approximately half of those who get a tattoo eventually have it removed. If you are considering following suit, there are a number of factors to consider: How painful would the laser tattoo removal be? How much would the treatment cost? Will the treatment leave scars? Let’s take a further look at what’s involved in the laser tattoo removal process:
What Happens During the Removal Process?
During a tattoo removal treatment, a laser is placed against the surface of the skin and activated. Each pulse of the laser will agitate and break up the skin’s pigment cells, where the tattoo ink is held. The cells will disperse and the tattoo will fade over a series of treatments.
The exact type of laser used and the number of treatments required depend on a few different factors, mainly the size of the tattoo and the colours involved. Naturally, larger tattoos will take more treatments to eliminate than smaller ones. Depending on size, removal can take as little as two treatments or as many as ten treatments.
Let’s take a look at how the tattoo’s colour pigments can interact with the laser’s wavelength. Black, for example, absorbs most forms of the wavelengths—so black tattoo pigments are the easiest to remove. Other colours require different wavelengths to treat, so each laser tattoo removal has to be customized to the patient to a certain degree.
After each treatment, the tattoo should appear lighter until it fades completely.
Will it Hurt?
A focused laser will be directed point-blank against your skin, so some discomfort is unavoidable. You will feel each pulse of the laser, which has been described akin to a “greasy splatter” by some and like a rubber band snapping by others. If pain is a concern, a topical anesthetic cream can be applied one hour prior to the tattoo removal procedure starting or you can take some ibuprofen. Another option to reduce the pain is to use a chiller, which blows cold air on your skin.
Is it Safe?
Laser tattoo removal is significantly safer than other methods, such as dermabrasion or salt abrasion, and has a minimal risk of scarring as well. The main side effects are an increased risk of infection at the removal site, along with a chance of the treated area ending up darker or lighter than the surrounding skin.
What’s the Cost?
The cost of laser tattoo removal will depend largely on the size of the tattoo, as measured in square inches. More complex tattoos with greater colour variety will also naturally cost more. A conservative estimate is a minimum of $60 to $75 per square inch.
Laser Tattoo Removal at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic
The experts at Anti Aging Toronto Clinic have mastered the latest technological and clinical techniques in skin care, and this includes laser tattoo removal. Contact us today for more information or to book an assessment so we can determine the best way to administer your treatment and restore your skin to unblemished perfection.