Tattoos are designed to be permanent, however, it is still possible to have one removed from the skin if you no longer want to exhibit the design. Today, the most common method for removing unwanted tattoos is through laser treatment. If you are looking to lose a tattoo, Dr. Alan Rockoff here at The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Andover and Brookline, MA, can help—read on to learn more!
Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal involves the use of a high-intensity light beam directed at the unwanted tattoo. As our dermatologist aims the laser at the tattoo, it emits pulses of light that are absorbed by the tattooed skin. This light then breaks up the pigment colors of the tattoo, causing them to gradually fade more and more with each laser treatment session.
The total number of laser treatment sessions needed depends on several factors, including the colors used to create the tattoo. In general, multiple sessions are needed to completely remove any tattoo, regardless of color or size. Black and blue ink both break down fairly easily, so generally, tattoos done in all black or blue are the easiest to remove. Tattoos done with other colors might require more laser sessions to completely remove the tattoo. Large tattoos can also require several laser treatment sessions before they fade completely.
Caring for Your Skin Post-Treatment
It is important to care for your skin following each laser tattoo removal session. One of the most important things that you can do is apply sunscreen to the area where the tattoo is being removed anytime you will be outside in the sun. Laser treatment can also make the skin temporarily more sensitive and vulnerable to sunburn, so it is vital that you protect the skin with sunscreen. Other ways to care for your skin following laser treatment include using an ice pack to soothe any discomfort, as well as applying antibiotic ointment and covering the area with a bandage.
If you need a tattoo removed, we can help. For tattoo removal in Brookline, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rockoff by calling The Rockoff Dermatology Center at (617) 731-2390. Appointments are also available at the Andover office by calling (978) 475-9230.