Tattoos are a valuable form of self-expression, but many people find that they want tattoos removed due to personal reasons. Laser therapy is a highly effective and virtually painless method of removing unwanted tattoos.
Laser tattoo removal is ideal for almost anyone who wants to remove a permanent tattoo. The process is especially effective on darker inks, which absorb more laser energy and disintegrate more quickly.
A high-energy beam of light targets the tattoo ink inside your skin. This is accomplished by calibrating the laser to four wavelengths, each of which targets a specific ink color. The laser passes through the skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink, which breaks down under the intense energy. Your body’s natural filtering system will gradually remove the disintegrated ink.
Laser tattoo removal creates minimal discomfort because the laser specifically targets tattoo pigments. We often use a topical anesthetic and air cooler machine to ensure the patient remains as comfortable as possible.
It depends on a number of factors. Professional tattoos will often require 6–20 treatments. Amateur tattoos, because they use less ink and aren’t as deep, will require fewer sessions. Other factors include the tattoo’s specific pigment, age, and variety of colors. Sessions are spaced eight weeks apart to ensure maximum fading between treatments.
Yes. However, some colors are more difficult to remove than others. You should expect dark blue, black and red inks to fade and disappear faster than green, yellow, or light blue inks.
Most patients will experience 95% or better removal. Due to the wide variety of tattoo ink brands, it’s impossible to predict the degree of removal for any given tattoo.
Unwanted tattoos don’t have to be permanent. If you’re considering laser tattoo removal in Oklahoma City, call Dr. James Lowe at Lowe Plastic Surgery at (405) 942-4300 or (877) 362-5693 to schedule a consultation at our clinic. You can also send us an email using our online contact form.
Dr. Lowe is a leading plastic surgeon and a native Oklahoman who is passionate about providing excellent results for every patient.
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