Does Laser Tattoo Removal Leave a Scar?
Whatever your reason for wanting to remove a tattoo, just as with any aesthetic treatment, doing your research in advance will help ensure better results. Tattoos are permanent ink designs that consist of pigment inserted below the skin with needles. Tattoo removal is performed with a laser that breaks the ink layer by layer until it’s gone. It’s a more difficult process than getting the tattoo, and many patients wonder whether laser tattoo removal will leave scarring.
Although laser tattoo removal can leave scars, the best tattoo removal technology in the hands of an experienced provider combined with following post-care instructions will minimize scarring.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
The laser tattoo removal procedure sends pulses of light below the skin where it shatters ink into tiny particles, which are simply flushed from your body. Because laser tattoo removal worksone layer at a time, starting with the shallowest layers, multiple treatment sessions are required.
On average, it takes six to 12 treatments to remove a tattoo, depending on the color and depth of the tattoo. Treatments are spaced about two months apart, and interestingly, the longer you wait between treatments, the better the result.
Some tattoos are easier to remove than others, and an original tattoo that was placed deep into the skin can leave behind the scarred texture that it already has. Although scarring after laser treatments is rare, some changes in skin texture and color are common. The area treated by the laser may become lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.
How do you prevent scars from laser tattoo removal?
The good news – in addition to finally being able to remove that teenage mistake from your arm – is that there is a lot you can do to reduce the chance of scarring from laser tattoo removal.
First, choose the right provider. The best way to achieve successful laser tattoo removal is to get it from someone who specializes in laser tattoo removal. That sounds obvious, but it will require you to find out about a practitioner’s credentials. Just because a practice offers laser tattoo removal, it’s still important to ask who will provide your treatments.
Next, make sure the removal specialist uses the latest and best tattoo removal technology, such as the PiQ04, which is a dual-pulse laser with a four-wavelength system to treat all colors.
The right technology with both PICO and NANO pulse duration in the hands of an experienced laser tattoo removal technician will lead to fewer visits and minimize the chance of scarring. By contrast, the wrong technology, especially in the wrong hands, greatly increases the likelihood of scarring.
How you treat your fading tattoo after each laser treatment also affects whether you will scar from the tattoo removal process. You should avoid picking at the tattoo and keep it out of the sun completely. Be sure to follow all the aftercare instructions from your provider.
You may get blisters after laser tattoo removal treatments, and that is normal. Blisters do not lead to scar tissue.
Patients with a history of keloids are more likely to get keloid scarring from any type of trauma to the skin. However, tattoo removal is still a possible option. Thanks to newer technology lasers it is possible to safely remove tattoos on all skin types.
How Long does a tattoo continue to fade after Laser Tattoo Removal?
Each laser tattoo removal session will cause the tattoo to fade more as the ink in each layer of skin is shattered. The healing process takes four to six weeks following each session.
If you are ready to let go of the past and start the process of laser tattoo removal with an experienced provider who uses the latest in dual-pulse laser technology, contact us today. Ageless Medical is South Florida’s laser tattoo removal expert.
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