Most tattoos can be successfully treated and removed with special lasers that target different pigments. The laser works by breaking the ink into tiny particles, which are then processed and eliminated naturally by the body.
The ease of removal depends on several factors:
Initially, Dr. Khorasani treats the majority of tattoos with either Q-switched Alex, Nd:YAG or the Ruby laser depending on the pigment involved. After 90% of a tattoo has been removed, he uses a resurfacing laser to improve any skin textural irregularities caused by the tattoo removal.
The resurfacing lasers used are either the TotalFX® Fractionated laser or the Fraxel® Non-Fractionated laser.
You will be given a topical lidocaine to numb the area and, if needed, lidocaine will be injected around the tattoo removal site. After the procedure, the area will be warm and tender, which can be minimized with ibuprofen (Advil®). The area will also likely be red and irritated for a few days after treatment. Most people describe tattoo removal as being no worse than getting the original tattoo.
This answer depends on a number of factors, such as:
On average, between 4 and 12 treatments are needed.
If you take care of the removal area after each treatment by applying ointment or lotion, such as Aquaphor®, and staying out of the sun, your results will improve. In general, a removal does not restore your skin 100%, but the tattoo is effectively gone, leaving only a shadowed spot behind.
Palomar Q-YAG 5™ is a powerful laser that removes unwanted tattoos. This laser emits wavelengths of light that are absorbed by the tattoo pigment in the skin, leading to the safe removal of most of the tattoo pigment by the body. This laser treatment is less painful than older tattoo removal lasers. Tattoo size, color, type, depth of tattoo pigment and the patient’s skin color are factors that influence the number of treatment sessions and the effectiveness of this laser treatment.
*Individual results may vary
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