Does Laser Tattoo Removal Really Work?

woman getting laser tattoo removal

How Painful is Laser Tattoo Removal?

Laser tattoo removal has been compared to a rubber band snapping on the skin. In some cases, local anesthetic injections, anesthetic creams, or cooling packs may be used, but it may not be necessary for everyone in all cases.

How Long Does It Take for Laser Tattoo Removal to Work?

Each laser tattoo removal session doesn’t take long. Especially for smaller tattoos, the laser is turned on for a very short amount of time.

How Many Laser Treatments Does It Take to Remove a Tattoo?

Depending on the tattoo, it can take up to 10 laser treatments to remove it. However, depending on variables such as the size of your tattoo, its location, and the type of ink used, you’ll need to wait about two months or more between sessions.

What Can I Expect After Laser Tattoo Removal?

Use an ice pack to help soothe your skin after treatment, and the treated area should be covered with antibiotic ointment and a bandage to help protect it. When the bandage has been removed, protect your treated skin with sunblock when you’re outside.

How Much Does Laser Tattoo Removal Cost?

Prices depend largely on the size of the tattoo. It helps to have a clear understanding of how many sessions it will take to remove your tattoo so you can budget for the total cost.

Can You Ever Fully Remove a Tattoo?

Some tattoos can be fully removed, while others can be significantly faded. Your dermatologist can let you know what type of results you can expect.

Is Laser Tattoo Removal Dangerous?

Laser tattoo removal is safer than other types of tattoo removal. It’s a very safe procedure, but as with any procedure, there can be a risk of side effects. These include scarring, hypopigmentation (lighter skin in the treated area), and hyperpigmentation (darker skin in the treated area).

How Soon After a Tattoo Can You Get Laser Removal?

You can usually get laser removal about 6 to 8 weeks after you get a tattoo. This will give your skin a chance to heal from the tattoo before starting the removal process.

Is Tattoo Shading Easier to Remove?

Tattoo shading usually has less ink than darker lines have, and it’s usually not as deep in the skin. It’s easier to remove than darker ink.

To learn more about laser tattoo removal and if it’s right for you, make an appointment today with Hollywood Dermatology & Cosmetic Specialists in South Florida. Our team of experts can provide the best treatment options to get rid of your tattoo.

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