Tattoos may seem like a good idea at the time, whether it’s the impetuousness of youth or one too many cocktails doing the talking. Problem is, years later that same tattoo now doesn’t seem like such a great idea. But you’re stuck with it for life, right? Actually, you’re not. Dr. Acosta has extensive experience performing laser tattoo removal on his patients in Los Angeles and has provided them with satisfying results.
What is laser tattoo removal?
Lasers can be used to remove tattoos with minimal side effects. The high-intensity light of the laser works by breaking up the pigment colors of your tattoo. Black ink tattoos are easier to treat, since black pigment absorbs every laser wavelength. In case of other colors, there are selected lasers that Dr. Acosta can suggest to you during your initial consultation.
What happens during laser tattoo removal?
You may have to undergo a number of laser tattoo removal sessions to effectively eliminate the unwanted ink from your body. Many patients at Primary Skin Care & Aesthetics have tattoos removed in two to four sessions, but it will not be the same for everyone. Removal could take as many as 10 treatments. During the procedure, laser light is emitted through a hand piece that is placed against the surface of the skin. The laser on your skin will feel similar to the snap of a rubber band against the skin.
What can you expect after a laser tattoo removal?
Once the procedure is completed, an ice pack will be placed on the treatment site to soothe the area. Dr. Acosta will also apply an antibiotic ointment or cream to the site to minimize your risk of infection. The site will then be protected by covering it with a patch or bandage. When going outside, you’ll need to apply sunscreen to the area.
What side effects can you expect from a laser tattoo removal procedure?
Patients may be at risk for infection, hypopigmentation, or hyperpigmentation. However, you will be provided with post-treatment instructions to minimize the chances of such side effects.