Tattoos are becoming increasingly common, which, unfortunately, means more people than ever are having “tattoo regret.” Whether you need to have the name of a former romantic interest removed, or find that your tattoos no longer suit your image, you can benefit from laser tattoo removal performed by Dr. Steven Carp of Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center in Green and Beachwood, OH.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
A new and innovative method of removing unwanted tattoos utilizes laser therapy with quick pulses of light to the targeted area on a patient’s body. The tattoo’s ink absorbs the light as it breaks down the pigments. After the ink’s pigments are broken down, the patient’s body heals naturally, with the white blood cells removing the discarded tattoo pigment.
How Many Treatments Will It Take to Remove my Tattoo?
Most professionally applied tattoos require six to 12 laser therapy treatments to remove. In addition, each treatment is six to eight weeks apart. The number of treatments needed depends on the depth of the pigments inside the skin layers, along with the type of ink used.
How Long Does the Process of Removing Tattoos Take?
Depending on the colors of the ink, its depth, and age, a tattoo removal may require several sessions. Modern tattoos typically require three to four treatments to fully remove due to the detailed artwork. It is also important for patients to understand that the removal process does not mean a tattoo disappears, but it diminishes or fades instead.
Does the Laser Remove Colored Tattoos?
Blue, red, and black inks are the easiest to remove, followed by purple and orange pigments. Unfortunately, yellow and green inks are the most difficult to remove and require additional treatments to produce significant fading.
Will My Tattoo Disappear Completely?
Many patients undergoing tattoo removal experience a nearly complete fading of ink. In most cases, 95 percent of the ink will fade, but Dr. Carp has no way of knowing the results before treatment. Because of the many varieties of tattoo inks used today, the outcome is unknown until after the removal process.
Is Laser Tattoo Removal Painful?
Most patients experience little discomfort because a topical anesthetic is applied before the laser treatment. However, discomfort from tattoo removal depends on the type of laser used, the depth and colors of ink, and the area where the tattoo is located on the body.
How Long Is the Tattoo Removal Procedure?
The amount of time needed for removal depends on the colors and depth of the ink, along with the tattoo’s size. A small tattoo in one ink color may only require a 15-minute session while a large tattoo with several ink colors needs treatments that take as long as an hour.
What Is the Recovery Process Following Laser Tattoo Removal?
After laser tattoo removal treatment at Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Carp applies a petroleum ointment that patients continue to use on the treated area at home to keep it moist. He advises patients to avoid using harsh soaps or scrubbing the area while bathing. In addition, patients should avoid hot tubs and swimming until the treated area heals completely. Patients must apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 30 on their treated skin in addition to wearing clothing or hats to prevent sunburn.
How Much Does Laser Treatment for Tattoo Removal Cost?
The cost of tattoo removal varies for each patient because of the detail in the artwork. During a patient’s first visit, Dr. Carp evaluates the tattoo with an examination to determine the best course of treatments for each patient. At that time, patients can also request information about the cost of tattoo removal and available financing options.
You don’t have to live with tattoo regret, as laser removal can fade your unwanted tattoos until they are only a distant memory. Don’t let tattoos negatively affect your image; contact Dr. Steven Carp at Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center to find out what laser tattoo removal can do for you. Patients from Canton, Cleveland, Akron, Green, Beachwood, and the surrounding areas of Ohio are all welcome.