Tattoos are usually thought of in the short term. Won’t that dragon look cool on my forearm tomorrow? Won’t my girlfriend think it’s touching I put her name across my bicep? Won’t it be fun to have everyone in the group get a tattoo at the same time?
The problem with that short-term thinking is that tattoos are the ultimate long-term deal. “Jennifer” will be still wrapped around your bicep when it’s Suzanne who is actually doing the wrapping. And the group has all moved away, but you’re stuck with the Pegasus on your shoulder that you make sure to cover up if you have an important meeting that day.
Tattoos are the gift that keeps on giving. Plus, as your skin begins its inevitable thinning and loosening, those tattoos can take on a whole new look. And it’s not a good one.
In the old days if you wanted to get rid of a tattoo, the process was more painful and more noticeable at times than getting the original tattoo. There were only three ways to get rid of a tattoo: surgery to remove the skin, acid bleaching, and dermabrasion (basically sandblasting of your skin). All of them were just as pleasant as they sound.
Fortunately technology has come to the rescue in the form of the laser. Dr. Kronberg uses lasers to remove any tattoo, returning your arm, neck, shoulder, calf, or wherever to its pre-tattooed clarity. Often two different lasers are required to remove a tattoo, depending on the number of colors involved.
How does Laser Tattoo Removal work?
Dr. Kronberg uses Q-switched lasers to deliver quick high-energy pulses that are absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo. The energy breaks the pigment into particles small enough that they can then be cleared from the body by the lymphatic system.
How many treatments will I need?
Just how easy or hard it is to remove a tattoo is predicated on the number of colors, depth, age, chemical composition of the inks, and other factors. Black, red, dark orange, and dark blue tattoos respond quickly, while certain other colors such as green, purple, brown, and light colors take more time. Most tattoos require a number of treatments spaced from six to eight weeks apart.
Dr. Kronberg has found that it takes anywhere from 6-13 laser treatments to make your unwanted tattoo go the way of the dinosaurs.
Does Laser Tattoo Removal hurt?
Compared to getting the tattoo, the laser procedure to remove it with Dr. Kronberg involves only a little discomfort, but not much. We apply an anesthetic cream to the location prior to beginning the laser treatment. After each treatment, you will have three to four days of sensitivity at the site. You’ll also need to apply an over-the-counter antibiotic to the site and keep it covered.
Schedule a consultation
Want to make that tattoo vanish without having to call a magician? Call Dr. Kronberg instead at 713-771-8941 and let her give it the laser tattoo treatment.