Laser Tattoo Removal is the safest, most effective, non-invasive method for the removal of tattoos. An estimated 20 million Americans have tattoos, and many of them now feel that their tattoo does not fit their new image or career. Dr. Brunner—our experienced facial plastic surgeon in New Jersey—uses the latest laser technology for the removal of tattoos.
Laser Tattoo Removal Technology
Laser Tattoo Removal utilizes a single wavelength of laser light energy to fragment or vaporize the ink particles in your skin without damage to your skin. Each color of ink in your tattoo requires a different wavelength of light. Dr. Brunner uses a Q-switched laser with multiple wavelengths of light to give you the most comprehensive laser treatment possible. After the laser light vaporizes the tattoo ink in your skin, your body slowly absorbs the ink fragments and the color fades over a period of weeks to months.
Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments
Each Laser Tattoo Removal session will last from 5 minutes to thirty minutes depending on the size of your tattoo and number of different colors contained in your tattoo. Many patients report the treatment to feel similar to rubber band snaps. If necessary, a topical anethetic cream can be prescribed for laser sessions. Most patients tolerate a treatment with just an icepack to cool the skin at the time of treatment.
After your Laser Tattoo Removal treatment, Vaseline and a non-stick or non-adherent dressing will be applied. It is common to experience some degree of redness, swelling, bruising, peeling and mild crusting in the first days after your treatment. Skin care after a treatment requires applying Vaseline to the lasered skin followed by a non-stick dressing until all skin irritation has resolved. This may take several days. After the skin has healed, it is very important to apply sunscreen to the area being treated if exposed to the sun. Tanning the skin will prevent or block the laser light from effectively reaching the tattoo ink in your skin.
How Many Laser Tattoo Removal Sessions Are Required?
The size, color, location, and age of the tattoo are major factors that help to determine the number of laser sessions necessary to effectively remove your tattoo. In general, single color, black tattoos are also most amenable to laser tattoo removal, but many other colors can be effectively treated. Amateur tattoos are usually easier to remove professional tattoos. During your consultation, our facial plastic surgeon will examine your tattoo and discuss in detail the factors that will influence the number of laser sessions required to treat your tattoo.
Laser Tattoo Removal Results
The results and appearance of the tattoo vary from patient to patient. After each treatment session, you will see the tattoo lighten over a period of weeks. Due to the various types and colors of ink, the results and number of treatments will vary. Typically, multiple treatments will be required. Treatment sessions are scheduled at 6 to 8 week intervals.