Tired of That Tattoo? Get it Removed with Laser Treatment

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Tired of That Tattoo? Get it Removed with Laser Treatment

When you got that tattoo, it probably seemed like a really great idea; a way to remind you of something or someone special, or an amazing design that you wanted to have on your body. But perhaps the permanence of the tattoo didn’t sink in at the time, or the thing you wanted to remember back then isn’t as important today. No matter what the reason for wanting to get it removed, laser treatment offers the opportunity to remove that ink from your body. However, before you get laser tattoo removal done there are some things you should know.

Not All Tattoos Can Be Removed Completely

Laser tattoo is a treatment option that helps to reduce, fade, or in some situations eliminate ink from your skin; however, not all ink comes off completely and without some trace of the tattoo it’s trying to remove. In some cases your tattoo will only fade partially, which could leave traces of the image, a ghost image of the artwork, and in rare cases, some degree of scarring could remain.

Laser Tattoo Removal Is a Process

For most people, a single laser treatment is not enough to completely remove a tattoo. It’s hard to determine exactly how many treatments you will need before you begin, since everyone’s skin responds differently to the laser treatments. The average number of treatments usually falls between 6 and 14, but yours could be more or less. It’s also important to note that the process will take some time, and trying to treat a tattoo with a laser too many times in too short a timeframe could cause scarring, irritation, and other problems. It’s best to get the procedure done by a professional with experience to limit the chance of injury from the removal process.

Technology Matters

You probably did a little research before getting your tattoo to find out which artists offered professional design and a high level of skill, and you should do the same with tattoo removal. Not all lasers can remove all tattoo ink colors, so you will want to consult with us in advance to find out what wavelengths they have that will treat which colors or pigments.

Post-Treatment Risks and Side Effects Exist

Getting laser treatment isn’t guaranteed to be painless, and just like when you got that tattoo, there are some risks with laser removal treatment. These include:

  • Bleeding
  • Redness or swelling
  • Blisters
  • Burns
  • Textural skin changes
  • Temporary darkening or lightening of the skin

Most of these side effects will subside within a couple of weeks, although some skin color changes could take as long as six to 12 months to correct, and some permanent scarring may remain even after side effects are gone.

Work With a Professional

The most important thing you can do before getting laser tattoo removal is find an experienced tattoo removal facility like ours  with trained medical professionals who perform the work.

To find out more about laser tattoo removal treatment in Salt Lake City, call Steven Jepson, MD today.