Tattoo Removal Process Before and After ( actual client)
It is estimated that more than 1 million Americans have at least one tattoo from one of the 4,000 active tattoo parlors across the nation. While many choose their tattoos very carefully and enter careers that embrace or tolerate body ink, a large portion of tattoos are purchased on impulse and later regretted. This is why tattoo removal techniques have grown in popularity in the last decade. Laser tattoo removal is one such technique that Americans are using to safely eradicate their tattoos.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
To perform laser tattoo removal, doctors target only the inked skin with short bursts or pulses of concentrated light. The light infiltrates the skin and focuses on the tattoo pigment, which it then breaks apart into minute pieces and releases into the bloodstream. From this point, the immune system locates and removes the tattoo ink as a foreign particle. The lasers only affect the ink pigment within the skin and not the skin pigment itself, so there is no risk of permanent discoloration after surgery.
Benefits & Risks of Laser Tattoo Removal
The most encouraging benefit of laser tattoo removal is that the process is not invasive and does not require the physical removal of any skin. Other forms of tattoo removal include sanding, freezing, and removing the tattoo with a scalpel. Each of these procedures is extremely painful, and many require a skin graft depending on the size of the tattoo.
The risks associated with laser tattoo removal are few compared to other methods. The area around the treated site will be tender and feel sunburned anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of the tattoo. If the site is not properly cleaned, the patient runs the risk of infection, which can then be treated with medicine from a dermatologist.
Cost of Laser Tattoo Removal
The number of sessions required to completely remove a tattoo depends on the size of the tattoo and the different colors of inks used. Black ink is the most receptive to the laser treatment and will be the first to disappear, but other colors may take several sessions or different types of laser. Each session can run up to $1,000 depending on the surgeon. The procedure is typically not covered by insurance companies as a legitimate medical procedure.