Some 10 million Americans have at least one tattoo on their body, and many have more than one. However, a decision that may have once been a mark of pride or individuality can one day become a cause of regret. Fortunately, many tattoos that were once considered permanent can now be reversed. The experts in tattoo removal at Center for Dermatology in Lawrenceville, GA can help rid you of tattoos you no longer want.
Why Remove a Tattoo?
Few things in life are truly permanent. Artwork or slogans on your body don’t have to be. As we grow older, our outlooks and circumstances evolve along with us. Changes in our lifestyle can one day make a youthful tattoo seem jarring and unattractive to ourselves or our loved ones.
Coloring from older tattoos can fade and lose impact. Names inked onto our bodies may no longer mean much to us as years go by. Words and images that once seemed important can also be objectionable to new people in our lives. You no longer have to live with a permanent marking that you no longer want.
How Does Tattoo Removal Work?
Laser tattoo removal is performed as an outpatient procedure in our comfortable offices. A high-intensity laser is directed to the surface of your skin to break up the pigment below. Once the pigments have been pulverized by the laser, their particles can then be reabsorbed by the body.
What Is the Experience Like?
A topical anesthetic is applied to ensure patient comfort. Patients describe the treatment as similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. The length of the treatment varies by the size of the tattoos and the amount of work desired. Some sessions can take just a few minutes; others up to an hour.
When Will You See Results?
Laser tattoo removal is usually completed in a number of sessions. These are spaced a few weeks apart to give the skin time to recover and to gauge progress. The average course of treatment varies greatly depending on tattoo colors, skin tone and the size of the treatment region.
A number of factors can impact the success of tattoo removal. For example, black ink tends to be easier to remove than other colors. Professionally inked tattoos are easier to remove than homemade tattoos that may be uneven. Older tattoos are often easier to remove than newer ones. In general, it takes about six to eight sessions to remove a tattoo with laser treatment.
How Can You Get Started?
Every journey begins with a first step. In this case, it’s the decision to rid yourself of markings you no longer want. Unwanted tattoos can affect self-esteem and relationships with loved ones. They not only affect how you see yourself, but how others see you as well.
Schedule a consultation with Center for Dermatology in Lawrenceville, GA to create a treatment plan that will bring you the tattoo removal results you’re looking for.