There are countless reasons people choose to get tattoos…and just as many reasons why some people choose to have their tattoos removed. However, laser tattoo removal can be a lengthy process, so it’s important to have a good grasp of what you can expect before you start your treatments. That’s why our experts at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta are tackling your top questions about laser tattoo removal treatments.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
During a laser tattoo removal treatment, one of our experienced board-certified dermatologists or physician assistants uses a precise wavelength of laser on your tattoo. The laser is attracted to the color in the ink, and when it reaches the ink, the laser breaks up the ink particles. This makes the ink small enough for your body to remove naturally.
How Effective is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal is generally a highly effective treatment. It does depend, though, on the knowledge and skill of the provider who is administering the procedure. It also depends on the quality of the laser, which is why we use the most advanced tattoo removal laser available today, called PicoWay, at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta. In fact, we are one of the few facilities in the United States that has both the PicoSure and the PicoWay, two highly effective picosecond lasers. This allows us to treat dark tattoos in fewer sessions and to treat multi-colored tattoos that are otherwise very difficult to remove.
If you get your treatments from an experienced and qualified provider who uses advanced equipment, like the providers at DAA’s Laser Institute of Georgia which has been a leader in the area for over 25 years, you are likely to finish your treatments with little or no visible evidence of your old tattoo.
How Long Does Laser Tattoo Removal Take?
Laser tattoo removal is a multi-session treatment process. The number of sessions you’ll need will depend on several factors, such as:
- The size and/or number of tattoos you have
- The color(s) of ink used in your tattoo
- How long you’ve had your tattoo
- How deep your tattoo ink was placed
- Where your tattoo is on your body
- The quality of the laser used for your treatments
- The training and expertise of your laser tattoo removal provider
Who Should I Trust with My Laser Tattoo Removal?
Performing laser tattoo removal treatments safely and effectively requires in-depth knowledge of your skin’s unique anatomy as well as extensive experience administering the procedure and working with the lasers used. If you are considering laser tattoo removal, it’s important to choose a qualified professional like an experienced board-certified dermatologist or a physician assistant who specializes in dermatology.
Are There Side Effects to Laser Tattoo Removal?
When laser tattoo removal is performed by an experienced and qualified provider, the risk of side effects is minimal. However, your side effects will largely depend on whether you take the necessary steps to care for and protect your skin before and after your treatments. At your pre-treatment consultation, your tattoo removal provider will give you detailed care instructions which may include protecting your skin from the sun; using specific soaps or ointments; keeping the treatment area clean, dry, and covered after each procedure; and so on. Follow these instructions carefully to minimize your risk of side effects like scarring and skin discoloration.
If you have one or more tattoos that no longer fit the aesthetics you want for your body, our team is here to help. Call Dermatology Associates of Atlanta to schedule your tattoo removal consultation today. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest skin care tips and special offers.