While it is well known that approximately 10 percent of the total population in America has some or the other form of tattooed body art on their bodies, very few know that about half of these people regret getting them and opt for a removal procedures.
The good news for people with such unwanted body art is that laser tattoo removal can actually help that offending art piece vanish completely, at least in most cases. Additionally, such newer laser treatments have minimal side effects despite being highly effective. These treatments work by breaking down the coloring pigments under the skin with the use of high intensity beams of light.
All black ones are the easiest to remove and you obviously get the best vanishing results from them as black color absorbs all laser wavelengths. Different laser settings are recommended for pieces of other colors.
Can The Treatment Benefit Me?
Tattoo removal is not a simple, one-fits-all kind of treatment. As each one has unique color, size, placement, pigment quality and age, the removal needs of each also vary. Laser tattoo removal allows you to chose the technique best suited for your particular case. Though you can even use some of the more traditional removal methods, these tend to leave behind scars, something you can easily avoid with these newer treatments.
This therapy can also help people who have previously tried to get their tattoos removed and failed, but this is only recommended for people who have not had excessive scarring due to those failed treatments.
Whom Should I Go to For This Treatment?
It is important to find a reputed cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist for the task of removing yours. It is best to go on the recommendation of either your doctor or a friend or family member who has had it done before.
What Does This Procedure Actually Entail?
The number of treatment sessions you require vary according to your case and is usually anywhere between 2 to 4 visits. It is during your consultation that you will get the estimate of the number of required sessions and other process related advice from your doctor. Less apparent parameters such as the color of your skin, the depth of the tattoo, etc. also affect the number of sessions you require for the best removal results.
You can expect the following things during your laser tattoo removal procedure:
- Protection in the form of eye shields and safeguards in the form of laser testing are essential during and before the procedure.
- The process involves the placing and rubbing of a hand held device that emits the laser rays.
- The procedure may have slight discomfort associated with it, which is likened to a grease splatter or a rubber band twinge by many.
- With each session, you will notice that your design has become several shades lighter.
- Post session, an ice pack; soothing gels, topical antibiotics and bandages or patches may be put on the treatment area, as per doctor’s discretion.
- Depending on the site location and the pain threshold of the patient, there may be a case for the use of local anesthetic or topical pain killer gels.
Is The Procedure Safe?
With minimal risks and the maximum results, this technology has garnered accolades in this industry. The treatment is a thousand times safer than traditionally used alternatives such as salabrasion, dermabrasion and excision.
The treatment is indeed more effective on some tattoos and less on others; for example, blue or black ones are particularly responsive to the treatment while others require more effort.
All this information is highly generic and is in no way to be considered as a substitute for a doctor’s professional advice. As each individual case is different, do consult a doctor and know all pertinent information relating to yours, before going ahead with any procedure whatsoever.
Can I Claim This Expense From My Insurance?
Unfortunately, removing tattoos is considered as a personal choice that comes under the purview of ‘cosmetic procedures’, hence most insurance agencies do not cover it, unless of course it is medically imperative for the patient’s health and safety. In this sense, most of the clinics that have these procedures require the patients to make full and final, up front payments.