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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.
While people have many reasons for getting tattoos, people have just as many reasons for wanting to have them removed down the road. The old methods of tattoo removal were time-intensive and often resulted in scarring. Fortunately, thanks to advancements in laser technology, tattoos can be significantly lightened and reduced safely today with the help of your dermatologist.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
The lasers used to remove tattoos can precisely target ink in the skin, allowing for non-invasive and effective removal of unwanted tattoos. During treatment, the laser works by emitting a focused beam of laser light that passes through the skin’s outer layer. The ink particles absorb the light from the laser, breaking the pigment into smaller particles that are eventually removed by the body’s natural healing processes.
Following a series of laser treatments, the ink particles are gradually faded from the skin. The number of treatment sessions required for optimal results varies according to the size, location, color, and depth of the tattoo. Some only require a few laser sessions, while others require multiple treatments.
If you’re having second thoughts about a tattoo or want to learn more about laser tattoo removal, talk to your dermatologist and find out if laser tattoo removal is right for you.
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.