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Do you have a tattoo that you wish you didn’t get? Is a tattoo keeping you from getting that job or promotion you want? Do you have a tattoo you need to be faded for a cover-up? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then laser removal may be right for you. Laser tattoo removal is a popular and effective way to get rid of those unwanted tattoos that don’t fit your lifestyle.

At Health Expressions, our tattoo removal experts use state-of-the-art equipment to remove unwanted tattoos. If you’re looking for laser tattoo removal in Rochester, NY or Pittsford, NY,  come in or call (301) 244-4717 for a free consultation with our team, and they can help you begin your journey to tattoo freedom.

How Do Tattoos Work?

The skin has three main layers: the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. The epidermis is the outer layer of the skin, and its main function is to protect the body from the outside world. The dermis is the middle layer of the skin, where most of the skin’s structures are located, including blood vessels, hair follicles, and sweat glands. The hypodermis is the deepest layer of the skin, and its main function is to provide cushioning and support for the body.

Because the epidermis constantly sheds cells, the tattoo ink has to be placed into the dermis, the middle layer of skin. A tattoo lasts indefinitely because the ink is placed too deep for the cells to be shed.

Laser tattoo removal targets the ink particles in the dermis and breaks them into smaller pieces. The ink particles absorb the laser light and break them into smaller pieces. The body then removes the broken-up ink particles through its natural healing process.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

The principle of tattoo laser therapy is selective photothermolysis, in which laser light of various wavelengths is absorbed preferentially by different chromophores. In other words, laser tattoo removal works by breaking up the tattoo ink with a high-intensity light beam.

Black and dark green ink absorbs all wavelengths of light, making it the easiest tattoo color to remove. Other colors can only be removed by certain types of lasers depending on the wavelength of the light. For example, yellow can only be removed by a near-infrared laser.

Things To Know Before Laser Tattoo Removal

There are a few things to keep in mind before your laser treatment:

  • The size and location of the tattoo matter. Smaller tattoos are easier to remove than larger ones. Tattoos on the legs or arms, where the skin is less elastic, are more difficult to treat. Blood flow aids in the healing process. When the tattoo is further away from your heart, the blood supply is decreased, and healing will take longer. That makes it difficult for the lymphatic system to clear away broken-down ink.
  • The age of the tattoo matters. Newer tattoos tend to be easier to remove than older ones because the ink is still close to the skin’s surface.
  • Before your treatment, avoid UV rays. You will need to avoid exposure to the sun or any ultraviolet light, such as tanning beds or booths. This can make the tattoo darker and more difficult to remove. You should also avoid taking blood thinners such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as this can increase bleeding during the treatment.
  • You will need multiple treatments. Depending on your tattoo’s size, location, age, and color, you will likely need multiple treatments. The number of sessions will also depend on how well you care for your skin between sessions. Your tattoo removal expert will work out a plan with you before starting treatment. Depending on the size, location and color, you may need 4-12 treatments, which may occur over months.
  • The tattoo location needs to be clean. The area should be free of oils, lotions, and makeup. Shave the area if necessary. This will help the laser light to penetrate the skin better.

What To Expect During Treatment?

Treatment is usually done in a series of sessions. During each session, the laser is passed over the tattoo multiple times. Each pulse of light takes a fraction of a second and feels like the snap of a rubber band against the skin. This pulse of light breaks up the tattoo pigment so that the body can absorb it. Between each laser pulse, the skin is cooled with a medical grade cream along with our state-of-the-art chilling device. This helps to protect the skin and reduce discomfort during treatment.

After treatment, you will need to apply a cold compress to the area for 10-15 minutes. The area will be cleaned, and a new dressing will be applied. You can expect the treated area to be sore and red. It is important to keep the area clean and dry to prevent infection.

After each session, the tattoo will become progressively lighter. It is important to remember that complete removal may not be possible with some tattoos, and you may be left with some faint scarring.

What Type of Laser Is Used?

The Q-Switch is the most common type used for tattoo removal. It emits a high-intensity light that is absorbed by the ink particles. The light breaks up the ink into smaller pieces, which are then removed by the body’s immune system. Q-Switch lasers are most effective for darker pigments such as black, blue, dark green, and red. Lighter colors such as yellow, bright green, and sky blue are less effective.

Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal

The most common side effect of laser tattoo removal is hypopigmentation or lightening of the skin. This is more common with darker skin types. Hyperpigmentation, or darkening of the skin, can also occur. These side effects are usually temporary and will resolve on their own. More rare side effects include infection, blistering, and scarring. These side effects are more likely to occur if the tattoo is large or in a sensitive area like the face.

Use a Professional

Laser tattoo removal is a medical procedure and should only be performed by a licensed professional. Do not attempt to remove a tattoo at home with over-the-counter products or at-home laser devices. These products are not powerful enough to remove a tattoo and can be very dangerous.

Laser Tattoo Removal in Rochester, NY

Laser tattoo removal technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, making it easier than ever to get rid of an unwanted tattoo. We use the latest laser technology at Health Expressions in Pittsford, NY, to provide our clients with safe and effective tattoo removal treatments. Don’t leave that unwanted tattoo around any longer! For the best laser tattoo removal in Rochester, or the Rochester metro area, come in and see how our team can help you!  To schedule an appointment call  301-244-4717 or complete the online booking form. We look forward to helping you!

FAQ

How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
The price of laser tattoo removal will vary depending on the size and location of the tattoo and the number of sessions required. Treatment can range from $200-$500 per session.

Does laser tattoo removal leave scars?
Laser tattoo removal can sometimes lead to scarring; however, this is more likely to occur if the tattoo is large or located in a sensitive area such as the face.

How painful is laser tattoo removal?
Laser tattoo removal treatment can be uncomfortable; however, most patients report that it feels like the snap of a rubber band against the skin.

Why does my tattoo itch after laser removal?
Itching is a common side effect after laser tattoo removal, and this is usually due to the healing process and will resolve on its own.

How long should the bandage stay on after laser tattoo removal?
You should keep the bandage on for at least 24 hours after treatment. After that, you can remove the bandage and clean the area with soap and water. Be sure to pat the area dry and apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment.

Does laser removal hurt more than a tattoo?
Laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable; however, most patients report that it is less painful than getting the tattoo in the first place.

Can you go swimming after laser tattoo removal?
You should avoid swimming for at least two weeks after laser tattoo removal. This is to prevent infection and allow the treated area to heal properly.

How effective is laser tattoo removal?
Laser tattoo removal is very effective, and most tattoos can be drastically reduced after a few sessions. However, it’s important to note that the success of the procedure depends on the tattoo, and some tattoos may not be able to be removed entirely.

Book Your Laser Tattoo Removal Appointment

Learn more and schedule a consultation today.