Common questions about laser tattoo removal

While tattoos are meant to last forever, there are now ways for patients to have them faded to undergo a coverup job or even remove them completely from the skin. This is achieved with laser tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal is a commonly requested treatment at the Plastic Surgery Center of Hattiesburg and for good reason—it works! Below are a few question patients might have about laser tattoo removal: 

How does laser tattoo removal work? 

Laser light energy penetrates deep into the skin to break down ink pigmentation. The body then naturally absorbs the ink and the tattoo will fade away with each treatment. 

How many treatments do I need? 

The number of treatments needed will very depending on several different factors, including: 

  • Depth of the tattoo
  • How long the tattoo has been in place
  • The quality of the inks used
  • The color of the inks used
  • The size of the tattoo
  • The location of the tattoo on the body
  • The patient’s skin type

Most amateur tattoos can be removed in just a few sessions, while more intricate, multicolored, and professional tattoos can take more than 10 sessions. On average, most tattoo removals using laser therapy can be achieved in anywhere from three to 10 sessions. 

Is laser tattoo removal painful? 

Compared to the pain of getting the tattoo, laser tattoo removal is a cinch! Many patients experience a warming or snapping sensation on the skin, but this is easily reduced by applying a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to treatment to numb the area. 

How much does laser tattoo removal cost? 

There are different variables that are taken into consideration when quoting patients on a price for laser tattoo removal, as the time of treatments and the number of treatments vary from patient to patient. The best way to get an accurate price quote is to book a consultation appointment and evaluation. 

Learn more about laser tattoo removal at the Plastic Surgery Center of Hattiesburg 

Whether you dislike your tattoo or are preparing for a new career without one, speaking to a professional about laser tattoo removal is the first step in the right direction! Contact Drs. William Reno III and Paul Talbot of Hattiesburg, MS by calling (601) 296-3405 and scheduling an appointment.

Things to Know About Laser Tattoo Removal

Things to Know About Laser Tattoo Removal

Non-surgical tattoo removal or laser tattoo removal is one of the most reliable and effective treatments to get rid of tattoos on your body. This expedient treatment has made a lot of advancement in terms of tattoo removal and it holds a great many benefits, being a non-surgical treatment.

However, before you opt for a laser tattoo removal, here are a few things that you must know and fully understand regarding the treatment.

  • The laser treatment for tattoo removal does not affect your skin, which is a common belief among many people. Lasers come with various settings and they are designed to target only the particular pigment embedded in your skin. However, make sure that you receive the treatment only from a professional technician, with adequate equipment, so that you don’t face any hyperpigmentation or other side-effects on your skin.
  • There is a common misconception that tattoo ink is embedded skin deep. This is not true. The ink rests in skin’s dermis layer, just after the epidermis, allowing your tattoo to sustain even in the event of flaky or dry skin. Since the dermis is roughly .08mm to 4.5mm below the outer layer of skin, this must give you a clear idea of how far the laser travels in this treatment.
  • Your immune system contributes to your tattoo removal. So if you are smoking cigarettes, it can slow down the treatment by almost 70%. Since your immune system eliminates the breakup of ink, tattoos near to your heart may fade much faster than the ones on your feet. Therefore, if you follow healthy diet regimes and sleep well, your healthy immune system will help with speedy removal.

It is often assumed that laser tattoo removal is as painful as actual tattooing procedures, which is not completely true. The difference lies in the choice of the professional performing the procedure. So if you wish to have a pain-free experience, you must opt only for the best professional to perform the job.