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Laser Tattoo Removal

The idea of a tattoo seemed brilliant at one time, but now, that ‘ink’ is nothing but a bad memory you wish you could undo. Lucky for you, there’s no need to hope—you can get rid of unwanted tattoos with a special laser. So even though the idea is that a tattoo is forever, it doesn’t have to be if you want it off your body.

Even though the idea is that a tattoo is forever, it doesn't have to be if you want it off your body.

But before you decide to invest the time and money into getting your undesired tattoo off your skin, there’s plenty to know about the treatment, which remains the only way to remove a tattoo effectively. Be prepared to spend a lot of time with your provider—you’ll see them frequently since laser tattoo removal takes time to erase a tattoo—and have realistic expectations of what can and cannot be achieved.

Patient undergoing laser tattoo removal

What is laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal is the most reliable method of lifting unwanted ink pigments from the skin to erase a tattoo slowly. It uses a laser that emits heat under the skin to shatter the tattoo ink, which is cleared from the body. Laser tattoo removal is a somewhat time-consuming process, and to see the best results; you’ll want to trust the process to someone who has a strong knowledge of the skin and lasers.

Since the laser picks up ink pigments, it tends to work best on skin with less pigment. But that’s not to say that the procedure is ineffective in darker skin tones—it’s not. However, you may require more sessions to get clear-looking skin. Still, regardless of the size and color of the tattoo and your skin tone, there’s always a chance that laser tattoo removal won’t get every single drop of ink entirely gone from the skin. And, like all laser treatments, there’s always the potential for hypopigmentation and scarring. 

We use the Enlighten III Pico Laser by Cutera to remove tattoos. It’s a super effective laser that works for all patients and makes the treatments easier to perform.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Tattoos consist of deeply-deposited pigments laid beneath the top layer of skin. When laser tattoo removal devices are employed, the energy from the laser targets the ink in the skin and breaks it into hundreds of tiny pieces, which are then ushered out of the body naturally.

 It’s normal for the laser to create a white frost on the skin during treatment. A few minutes later, the skin will return to normal.

Since the process is long and drawn out and the color can’t be eradicated in a single sitting, multiple sessions are needed. But unlike other methods of getting rid of a tattoo, like surgical skin excision, a laser is the most effective and accessible option—and it consistently provides excellent results. This is because each session further breaks down the pigment in the tattoo into smaller particles until there’s nothing left to break down. 

For the laser to work its magic and clear the skin of any ink regret, you’ll need to allow the skin and tattoo to heal between each treatment session. On average, it’s best to space each session apart by about six to eight weeks.

Who is laser tattoo removal for?

Laser tattoo removal works for anyone who wants to get rid of a tattoo on their body or face. While it is effective for all skin tones, it tends to provide the best results in those with lighter skin. It also has an excellent track record for removing black ink pigments compared to lighter colors, which are much harder to remove.

How much does it cost?

The cost of laser tattoo removal varies from person to person. The type of laser used, the number of sessions needed, and the size and location of the tattoo are factors in the overall price. We recommend a consultation for a detailed estimate to determine how much your tattoo will cost to laser it off.

Common FAQs

Every tattoo is different; some people require more sessions than others, depending on the tattoo’s size, age, and coloration. You cannot remove a tattoo with a single appointment; on average, it takes at least six sessions and sometimes upwards of 10 or more.

Every tattoo is different; some people require more sessions than others, depending on the tattoo’s size, age, and coloration. You cannot remove a tattoo with a single appointment; on average, it takes at least six sessions and sometimes upwards of 10 or more.

Most laser treatments come with some discomfort, and laser tattoo removal is no different. Darker tattoos are said to be more painful to remove because of the extra, concentrated pigment, but the treatment is more effective on these types of tattoos. But you don’t have to endure the pain if topical numbing cream is applied to the area to be treated. Using numbing cream with laser tattoo removal is normal and often recommended. Also, the device we use features temperature sensing for real-time skin temperature feedback during the treatment, which helps mitigate any potential pain or heat.

There’s no downtime with the procedure, but the tattoo does require special TLC. It’s essential to keep it out of the sun and be well protected from sun exposure. You’ll also want to keep the skin clean and well moisturized to aid in healing, so the skin does not become infected.

 

If swelling, blistering, or bruising develops, let it heal on its own—no picking. Some tattoos may look strange at first, but they begin to lighten up.

Get started with AdvancedMD Aesthetics of Atlanta

If you’re ready to get rid of unwanted tattoos once and for all, there’s no better time than now to book a consultation with Advanced MD Aesthetics of Atlanta. A one-on-one consultation with our experienced, professional aestheticians and team of skin experts will determine the best laser tattoo removal treatment for you. We can also customize a package specific to your needs so you can obtain the best results possible.

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