If you’re ready to get rid of that embarrassing tattoo then it’s time to see your Andover dermatologist.
Tattoos have become a popular way to express oneself, especially over the last couple of decades. According to one poll, one out of every five adults has at least one tattoo. While people continue to get tattoos, many still have to cover them up due to their career, or because they’ve simply outgrown the design. If you have a tattoo that you’re considering getting rid of, then it’s time to find out how your Andover dermatologist Dr. Alan Rockoff can help.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
This high-intensity dermatological laser works by targeting and breaking up the pigments found in your tattoo. Since black tattoos are able to absorb the laser best, they are the easiest tattoos to treat; however, colored tattoos can also be treated using other specialized lasers that target specific colored pigments.
Considering Laser Tattoo Removal
Past treatment options for removing tattoos weren’t always ideal. Sometimes the scar left behind after tattoo surgery was often more unattractive and noticeable than the actual tattoo. Luckily, technology has come a long way, and your Andover dermatologist is now able to treat tattoos effectively with laser therapy. If you have a tattoo that hasn’t responded to other removal treatments, then you may want to consider laser tattoo removal.
Laser Tattoo Removal Process
The number of laser treatments you require will depend on the color and size of your tattoo. Some patients will only need two to four visits, while others may need up to 10. To get an idea of your length of treatment, you should schedule a consultation with your Andover dermatologist, who can examine your tattoo and give you an idea of how many therapy sessions you’ll require. The depth of the tattoo and the color of a patient’s skin are other factors that will affect your tattoo removal.
Protective eyewear will be placed over your eyes prior to treatment. Then we will test the laser on your skin before treatment to make sure there are no negative reactions to the treatment. Then we will place a handheld laser over your tattoo. Some patients liken the sensation to a rubber band snapping against their skin.
Once your session is over, we will apply ice packs over the removal site. While side effects of treatment are minimal, you may experience some tenderness, redness or swelling after your session.
Are you ready to part ways with your tattoo? If so, then find out if laser tattoo removal is right for you. Schedule a consultation with your Andover dermatologist at The Rockoff Center for Dermatology Laser & Skin Surgery.