What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Tattoos no longer have to be permanent. Intense, fast-pulse Q-switched lasers can remove or significantly lighten a tattoo by training pulsing light on the tattoo’s ink particles. This converts the energy to heat and break up into tiny pieces that are absorbed harmlessly by the body, without any damage to surrounding tissue. As a result, the light shatters the pigment to get rid of the color.
Dr. Kronberg donates time and personal expense to help the Houston Police Department and Harris County get kids out of gangs by removing their tattoos.
Who is an ideal candidate?
Ideal candidates for laser tattoo removal are typically fair-skinned, and have tattoos that are on areas, such as the arms, legs, buttocks or chest, that have a greater concentration of body fat. Prior to laser, techniques for removing tattoos included dermabrasion, cryosurgery and surgical excision.
Tattoo removal procedure
A few hours before the laser tattoo removal procedure begins, it is recommended that acetaminophen be taken to help minimize discomfort. A topical anesthetic is applied to the skin; in some instances, a cooling system is used before, during and after the procedure to help with discomfort. The tattoo removal specialist then tests the skin’s response to the laser to determine the most effective approach.
Each laser tattoo removal session lasts only a few minutes and, at the end of each session, the tattoo is iced for about 30 minutes. A topical antibiotic and a bandage are then applied. Patients are advised to keep the skin around the tattooed area dry, and to treat it as if it were sunburned.
How many sessions it takes to remove a tattoo?
It takes 6- 10 treatments. You can do the treatments 1 to 2 months apart.
Laser Tattoo removal results
Depending on the complexity of the tattoo, removal results vary. Simple tattoos may be eliminated within four treatment sessions, while more complicated tattoos might require ten or more.
Tattoo removal side effects
Although they rarely occur, there are certain side effects associated with laser tattoo removal. They include hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, infection and permanent scarring.
Schedule a consultation
Have a tattoo you want to get rid off? Call us today at (713)771-8941 and schedule a physical exam to determine what is the right procedure for you.