Five Things You Didn’t Know About Laser Tattoo Removal

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Laser Tattoo Removal

Tattoos are much more commonplace than they once were, and people choose to decorate their bodies for a variety of reasons, but what happens when someone “outgrows” their ink? People change over time, and even once-loved tattoos can turn into regret-filled reminders of the past. The good news is that modern tattoo removal techniques developed and used by medical professionals mean once-permanent tattoos can be removed quickly, safely, and effectively.

Here are five things you might not know about laser tattoo removal.  

1. You’re not alone in wanting that tattoo to disappear

People get tattoos for all sorts of reasons, and body art is often deeply personal, but your tattoo could equally be the result of a bad decision. Whatever your reasons for wanting a tattoo removed, you aren’t alone.

Almost a third of Americans have tattoos, but one in four say they regret it. And data from the US Food and Drug Administration and The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery proves that tattoo removal procedures are on the rise -- but why?

In the past tattoos were a lifetime commitment, and out-of-date removal techniques caused scarring and damaged the skin, but modern techniques make tattoo removal safer, easier, and more effective. Here at Naaman Clinic, Dr. Bailey uses the Quanta® Q-Switched™ laser system to target and break up tattoo pigments, erasing what was once considered “permanent” body art.

2. DIY is a big NO-NO when it comes to tattoo removal

Don’t fall for DIY or at-home tattoo removal techniques. While most of the DIY advice for tattoo removal is simply ineffective (rubbing the tattoo with half of a lemon?), some of it can be dangerous and leave you with permanent damage.

Tattoo removal creams (purchased or homemade), salabrasion (a technique where the skin is “sanded” with salt), and the use of cosmetic acids can lead to serious and painful skin damage, such as chemical and physical burns, rashes, scarring, and infection.  

Don’t put yourself at risk. Instead, make sure to work with an experienced medical professional. Dr. Bailey is a board-certified dermatologist with a background in laser surgery, and he offers safe, painless, and effective tattoo removal treatments.

3. Even large and multi-colored tattoos can be treated

You may have heard myths that large tattoos or tattoos with certain colors can’t be removed, but that’s simply not true. There is, unfortunately, a lot of misinformation about tattoo removal in the world.

When it comes to tattoo removal effectiveness, size doesn’t matter. The larger the tattoo, the more likely you are to need multiple treatments, but that’s also true when one is getting a large tattoo. Tattoo artists need more time to complete a large back tattoo than a small ankle tattoo, so the same is true for the practitioner removing those tattoos.

An old, faded black-ink tattoo may require fewer laser treatment sessions than a fresh, brightly colored tattoo, but tattoos of any color can be effectively removed. Modern systems, like the Quanta Q-Switched laser, use multiple wavelengths and intensities to break up several colors of ink at once. That means you spend less time and money on your tattoo removal.

4. Laser tattoo removal with the Quanta Q-Switched laser system is not painful

Getting a tattoo can be painful, particularly if you choose an artist who lacks experience but getting that tattoo removed doesn’t hurt. The FDA reports that many tattoo removal patients compare the feeling of laser removal to “snapping a thin rubber band against the skin.”

Dr. Bailey’s clients have stated that they are “surprised about how comfortable laser tattoo removal feels.” There is the potential for some discomfort in the treatment process, but an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Bailey can make tattoo removal as painless as possible.

5. The tattoo removal expert you choose matters

Tattoo artists will tell you that the biggest difference between a bad and good tattoo is the artist’s experience and skill. If you choose to get a tattoo removed, the effectiveness of that removal relies on the experience and skill of the dermatologist you choose and the techniques they apply -- so choose wisely.

Whether you have an ex-partner’s name prominently displayed on your arm, or a questionable lower-back tattoo from a half-remembered vacation, Dr. Bailey can remove your regrettable ink.

For a consultation, call us at Naaman Clinic and speak with a cosmetic coordinator.  

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