In the past, if you had a tattoo, you had it for life. Now, you can get rid of it in several sessions, a few weeks apart!
- A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. Different types of lasers produce different colors of light. The color of light produced by a particular laser is the key to the laser's effect on tattoo ink.
- Particular colors of light are absorbed by specific colors of tattoo ink; for example, green ink is absorbed by red light. The laser's light energy vaporizes or fragments the targeted ink. The body then absorbs the tiny particles of ink, and the color fades.
- Removing a small tattoo of one color may take two or three sessions, while multicolored tattoos may take several sessions, depending on their size and type of ink. Sessions are usually spaced 4 - 8 weeks apart and are performed at EXPRESSCARE!
Does it Hurt?
The laser treatment itself is minimally painful. Patients say it is less painful than when the tattoo was first created. It feels like snaps with a rubber band. We can use ice or numbing cream or even an injection of anesthesia for those who are more sensitive to pain.
What Can I expect after treatment?
Immediately after treatment, there is redness, light crusting, or tenderness, all of which disappear in a short time. The area may scab up for a few days. No special care is required, except for keeping the area clean and staying out of the ocean until it has healed.