What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal is a common cosmetic procedure that is discreet, dependable, and only takes a few minutes to complete. This segment on our website will explain how laser tattoo removal works. Have you ever seen a somewhat fading old tattoo? Tattoos fade spontaneously over time as the body’s immune system recognizes tattoo ink as a foreign substance and helps to remove ink particles.
There are over a thousand different tattoo ink mixtures on the market, each with a special collection of ingredients. The good news is that those ink particles, like those contained in black, will react rapidly to laser therapy. However, not all pigments or inks are as quick to disinfect. Some colors, such as green, purple, and orange, have larger ink particles that absorb laser light energy differently. This means that such colours normally necessitate further treatments to break up the tattoo pigments in the skin. A licensed nurse or laser technician should track the effectiveness of the removal and, based on how the tattoo reacts to treatment, should change the energy levels and wavelengths of the laser to optimize the efficiency of your tattoo removal.
How does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
By separating tattoo ink into tiny pieces that flush out more easily, laser tattoo removal speeds up the usual procedure. Until fragmentation may occur during treatment, a laser must heat the surface of a pigment molecule to thousands of degrees. Fortunately, the laser beam passes harmlessly through the clothing, striking only the ink that is still solvent within. The energy pulse only focuses on the ink for a very short period of time (milliseconds) and does not burn or affect the tissue in the immediate area.
After the laser treatment, you can suffer some blistering. This does not concern you. This body reaction is a common part of the healing process which can occur on very large tattoos or in areas of limited circulation, such as the fingertips and ankles. Blisters are easily treatable and, with proper aftercare, can heal completely while leaving the skin intact.
May not puncture them, but instead apply ice to them for up to 48 hours after surgery. This will mitigate and help to avoid any related discomfort, and in some cases, will cause it to fully subside (re-absorb).
If the blisters rupture, apply an antibacterial ointment or liquid several times a day and cover them with a bandage or covering. After the blisters have burst, continue this procedure for at least 48 hours.
How to take care of your skin during Laser Tattoo Removal
Adherence to these aftercare instructions is critical to obtaining the ideal laser tattoo removal outcomes. Laser tattoo removal is a team effort, with Vanishing Ink as the healing consultants and you as the preparation and aftercare specialist. The laser therapy is just the first step in the tattoo removal process. The more you take care of your tattoo before and after laser surgery, the better your results will be.
If you maintain your overall health before, during, and after laser treatment, your body’s natural healing and ink removal processes can work more efficiently. The process will work more efficiently if you are happier. If far as possible, try to avoid or limit the use of toxins such as nicotine or alcohol during the procedure, as these chemicals will place additional strain on the body’s immune system. Aim to stay healthy and drink plenty of fluids to enable the lymphatic and vascular systems and help in the removal of ink from the bloodstream.
You will most likely experience a whitening (frosting) of the skin around the tattoo during laser therapy. This suggests that the ink was shattered by the laser, which was caused by the release of heat energy from the ink particles breaking down. This frosting is only temporary, lasting only a few minutes, and would most certainly have disappeared by the time you reach the clinic.
Once the frosting has hardened, the skin can become red and begin to radiate heat. This sensation is close to that of sunburn, which can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
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Swelling is often a common side effect of laser therapies, when the body reacts to the treatment by attempting to immobilize the affected area. Larger tattoos usually swell rather than smaller tattoos. Lower limbs and extremities usually do not have good circulation and are more prone to swelling than other body parts. It is common for swelling to move down a limb in the days following treatment and to follow the path of gravity. This is totally normal and will overcome itself over time.
Bruising is also a normal occurrence after laser treatment on some tattoos, especially on the ribs and inner bicep. This is absolutely normal, will last for a week or two, and is nothing to be nervous about.
It is possible that you will experience blistering as a result of the laser treatment. This does not concern you. This body reaction is a common part of the healing process which can occur on very large tattoos or in areas of limited circulation, such as the fingertips and ankles. Blisters are easily treatable and, with proper aftercare, can heal completely while leaving the skin intact.
Do not puncture them, but still apply ice to them for up to 48 hours after the laser. This will help to alleviate and prevent any related discomfort, and in some cases, will cause it to vanish altogether. If the blisters rupture, apply an antibacterial ointment or liquid several times a day and cover them with a bandage or covering. After the blisters have burst, continue this procedure for at least 48 hours.
The more your skin heals, the stronger your immune system is. A strong immune response assists the body in curing the wound and avoiding infection. Make sure to ask your technician for aftercare for your tattoo removal treatment area after your visit. They will give you aftercare instructions to ensure that your skin heals as quickly and safely as possible.
- Drink plenty of water
- Refrain from drinking alcohol
- Quit smoking
- Get regular exercise
- Stay out of the sun!
Most patients need between 5 and 8 laser treatments to produce success, depending on their complexion and skin condition. Those appointments are normally scheduled about 6 weeks apart. And people have results faster than most. Any patients will need extra treatments. Before beginning your Laser Tattoo Removal sessions, meet with your technician so you know what to expect.