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When is forever too long? The 411 on Laser Tattoo Removal.

All right stop. Collaborate and listen.

We've all got caught up in the moment. Who knew you could take a sample of a Queen song and turn it into solid gold? You fell in love with Vanilla Ice, maybe a little too much. You turned that love into a forever piece of art.

Now, the tattoo you got will last much longer than Ice's career did. So what can you do? It's permanent right? Wrong. You can have it removed with Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments at Atlanta Dermatology & Laser Surgery.

What is Laser Tattoo Removal?

Laser tattoo removal is an advanced treatment designed to completely eliminate tattoos, without leaving scars or unpigmented areas of skin behind.

During a laser tattoo removal treatment, the laser’s high energy light breaks up the tattoo ink into tiny particles, which are gradually absorbed by the skin. Laser tattoo removal may cause slight discomfort, though a local anesthetic can be used to eliminate the pain.

Following a laser tattoo removal treatment, minor side effects such as red and tender skin may occur; however, these tend to diminish within three to seven days.

How Many Tattoo Removal Sessions Are Needed?

Each tattoo has different characteristics that influence the number of removal sessions necessary. These include:
•Size
•Color
•Type of ink used
•Whether the tattoo is old or new

The number of sessions needed for laser tattoo removal treatment is primarily determined by the color of the tattoo. Most tattoos are comprised of different color families and a different laser is needed for each. Some tattoos can require between 15 and 20 treatments before they are completely removed. Turquoise tattoos are some of the most difficult to eliminate because there isn’t a laser that targets the color effectively.

In most cases, laser tattoo removal takes between six and twelve treatments and can be spread over several months or a few years.

Who can do it?

Our Certified Cosmetic Laser Practitioner, Michelle Salazar has over 20 years of experience. She is one of the foremost experts in her field and believes in constantly educating herself on the latest techniques and advancements in laser treatment application. She boasts an impressive resume with the number of procedures she has performed in the span of her career and is held in high esteem among her peers. Michelle notes the importance of making sure that you find a qualified laser practitioner who is certified and can show you examples of their work.

So the next time...

"Something grabs a hold of me tightly
Then I flow that a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop?"

Yes, yes it will.

If you are interested in more information or to make an appointment, call Atlanta Dermatology & Laser Surgery at 404-296-8000.

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