Tattoo Removal is not something we consider when we sit in the chair to get our “permanent ink”. Most of us would like to believe that our “special” tattoo is forever… isn’t that why we get them in the first place?
Tattoo ink is difficult to remove because it lives beneath the top layer of the skin. At Bense SurgiSpa, we work with industry-leading M22 Q Switched Nd:Yag Laser. It is very effective for the removal of dark tattoos and the safest for skin of color. The M22 Q Laser provides control of the homogenous energy delivery, and maximum safety for the patient, while still maintaining the integrity of the surrounding tissue.
How many treatments will be required?
The number of treatments will vary depending on the particular nature of your tattoo. When Dr. Bense examines your tattoo, he will be able to give you an estimate of the number of treatments required. The tattoo should fade continuously with each session to the point that you are the only person who can find a trace of it.
Everyone heals at a different speed. This will dictate the time in between each treatment (4-12 weeks). The reason for this is because the body has more time to heal and clear away pigment, between treatments. Look at the removal of your tattoo as a mini project that you can work on now and again.
- Apply sunscreen but ideally, avoid the sun
- Do not wax, shave, or exfoliate before treatment
- Avoid suntanning or spray tanning several weeks before your laser treatment
- Some say that the feeling they experience during treatment is similar to when they got their tattoo. It is possible that the discomfort may diminish with each treatment as the tattoo fades. If discomfort is a concern at any point, a topical anesthetic cream may be applied..
- It is not uncommon for the skin to become red and swollen after each treatment.
- You may experience some mild discomfort. A cool ice compress can assist in managing this discomfort.
- There may be pinpoint bleeding in areas where there was a lot of pigment.
- The area may be reddened and there may be some flaking or peeling.
- The body works to naturally clear tattoo pigment. For this reason, a scab the same color as the tattoo may form and peel off.
- It is possible that the skin may lighten or darken after laser treatment.
- Always use sunscreen and protect the treated area from sun exposure until the skin is completely healed and the skin color has returned to normal.