Having second thoughts about your tattoo?
If so, you're not alone. Every day, we see patients from every walk
of life that have second thoughts about their tattoos. What once seemed
like a good idea just doesn't fit your new image, and you wish it
would just go away.
How are tattoos removed?
Dr. Jerry Cooper performs tattoo removal for patients throughout metro
Atlanta, including Buckhead, Dunwoody and Decatur with medical lasers
that work on colored as well as black inks. Medical lasers use an intense
beam of light to significantly lighten or completely remove your tattoo.
Different wavelengths of light treat different colors of ink. When the
ink particles of your tattoo absorb the light from the laser, they are
broken up into tiny fragments. These fragments are then absorbed through
your body's natural cleansing mechanism. This cleansing process generally
takes a few weeks. Larger ink particles may require multiple treatments.
How do laser treatments compare to other methods of tattoo removal?
Your other treatment options for removing your tattoo include surgical
excision, dermabrasion (or sanding) and chemical peels. These methods
are more invasive and painful, and can often result in scarring.
Laser removal is safer. It is non-invasive and only targets the ink used
in the tattoo process.
What are the treatments like?
Some patients say they feel a slight sting, like the snap of a rubber band
on the skin, followed by the feeling of sunburn. Many treatments do not
require anesthetics. However, some patients feel more comfortable with
a local numbing agent like ice or an anesthetic cream. For others, a local
anesthetic injection may be beneficial.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required for maximum improvement depends on the
size, location, depth and color of your tattoo. Treatments should be placed
4 - 8 weeks apart to allow your body to remove the maximum amount of tattoo
pigment. Treatment sessions usually take from 10 - 30 minutes.
Most patients will see improvement in their tattoos. The improvement can
be quite dramatic. However, large or heavily pigmented tattoos applied
by a professional tattooist can require several treatments for optimum results.
What will my skin look like after treatment?
After Dr. Cooper performs your tattoo removal treatment, your skin may
have a white discoloration, and the area around the tattoo may be reddish
and could have some swelling. This is normal and will disappear slowly
over time. Maximum treatment results take about 5 – 6 weeks.
Are there any side effects?
Occasionally, hypopigmentation, or a whitening of the skin, may occur.
But, normal skin tone should return within 6 – 12 months following
your last treatment session. Since the ink used in tattooing is not regulated,
some patients have only partial clearing even after several laser sessions.
Find out if you could benefit from this procedure. Schedule your consultation
with our practice today.