Tattoo ink lives underneath the top layer of skin, which makes it difficult to remove, often requiring multiple laser sessions. At Lincoln Park Aesthetics laser tattoo removal is a noninvasive procedure that uses a Q-switched called the RevLite SI, the most advanced laser for Removing Black and Multi-colored Tattoos. Laser devices break down the pigment colors of an unwanted tattoo, while causing minimal damage to surrounding tissue. Laser tattoo removal has become more and more popular as the prevalence of tattoos has increased over recent decades.
Are you a good candidate for a tattoo removal?
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider laser tattoo removal:
- You have an unwanted tattoo that makes you feel embarrassed or self-conscious
- You are tired of hiding or covering your unwanted tattoo
- You are unhappy with changes in the appearance of your tattoo due to the effects of aging
- You have found other methods of tattoo removal ineffective
If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
How is a tattoo removal procedure performed?
Eye shields are used to protect your eyes from the laser light.
The skin’s reaction to the laser is tested to determine the most effective energy level for treatment.
A hand piece is placed against the surface of your skin, and the laser light is activated. The laser device produces an extremely short laser pulse that is absorbed by the tattoo, causing the dye to break down while causing very little damage to the surrounding tissue. The resulting by-products will be removed by the body’s immune system as part of the healing process.
Smaller tattoos require fewer pulses while larger ones require more.
Multiple treatment sessions are often required for optimal results. The number of treatments will vary depending on the particular nature of your tattoo. The tattoo should become progressively lighter with each session.
Immediately following treatment, an ice pack is applied to soothe the treated area. A non-occlusive dressing will be used to protect the site, and sunscreen should be used.
Variables that may affect laser tattoo removal
- Skin and tattoo color
- Tattoo type and the age of the tattoo
- Amount and depth of ink
- Laser light color, frequency, pulse duration, spot size, and fluence
- Skin temperature
- Cooling and treatment timing
Select an esthetician you can trust
It’s important to choose your practitioner based on:
- Education, training and certification
- Experience with laser tattoo removal
- Your comfort level with him or her
At Lincoln Park Aesthetics estheticians and all medical professional are experienced, licensed and qualified to perform your aesthetic procedure.
Your initial consultation appointment
During your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic goals. Your physician’s assistant and esthetician will evaluate you as a laser tattoo removal candidate and clarify what laser tattoo removal can do for you.
Certain tattoos are more difficult to remove than others and may require more sessions to achieve a satisfactory result. Darker colored tattoos (red, blue and black) are easier to remove and can usually be removed more completely than lighter ones (green and yellow).
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your complete medical history. This will include information about:
- Previous surgeries
- Past and present medical conditions
- Allergies and current medications
What can I expect on the day of tattoo removal surgery?
Laser tattoo removal is performed on an outpatient basis. Some form of local anesthesia, such as a topical anesthetic cream, may be applied before treatment. Most laser tattoo removal sessions take only a few minutes to complete; however, a longer time period may be required, depending on the nature of your particular tattoo.
In most cases you may return to work and other daily activities immediately following your treatment. After the procedure, you will receive detailed instructions about your post-treatment care, including information about:
- Skin care
- Normal symptoms you will experience
- Potential signs of complication
It is important that you follow all patient care instructions provided by your esthetician.
Maintain a relationship with your esthetician for safety, as well as the most beautiful and healthy outcome, it’s important to return to our office for follow-up evaluation at prescribed times and whenever you notice any changes in the treatment areas. Do not hesitate to contact your esthetician when you have any questions or concerns.