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What is Laser Tattoo Removal?

Laser tattoo removal is the process of removing permanent tattoos with the help of laser technology. Tattoos are created by depositing pigment under the skin. These pigments are too large for the immune system to dismantle and get rid of, so they stay in place. Laser tattoo removal works by administering high-intensity laser pulses of a wavelength specific to the tattoo color. These very fast laser pulses are attracted to the pigment and break it up into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces can be metabolized by the body and they eventually fade from the skin. Our team uses laser tattoo removal to help many patients achieve clear skin if they dislike their tattoo or fade it such that it can be covered with a different tattoo.

Your Customized Laser Tattoo Removal Consultation

The success of laser tattoo removal is dependent on a variety of factors including the tattoo’s age, pigment, and depth. During a consultation with our knowledgeable team, you’ll discuss the right treatment approach for your goals and what sort of results you can expect – as well as how many treatments will be needed. Laser tattoo removal can be used on virtually any area of the skin, but if your tattoo is large, you can expect lengthier treatment sessions to completely treat the area.

The Treatment Process

Laser tattoo removal can be performed right at our Pensacola office. To begin, our team will fully assess your tattoo and discuss your personalized treatment package. Your skin will be cleansed and a topical anesthetic will be applied so you’re comfortable during treatment. Once you’re ready, you’ll be given protective eye shields and the laser handpiece will be applied to the area. After the area is completely treated, your skin will be neutralized and made ready for the rest of your day.

Recovery and Results

You can expect some redness and minor swelling in the area. There may also be some slight blistering and it’s important to keep the area covered with antibacterial ointment. Our team will supply detailed aftercare instructions to ensure it heals effectively. Over several weeks you’ll begin to see the tattoo fade – however, it can take several sessions spaced 6-8 weeks apart to completely or mostly fade the tattoo. Laser tattoo removal is permanent, though, and can produce excellent results with a full package of treatments.

Laser Tattoo Removal FAQs

Can I take ibuprofen after tattoo removal?

Yes, taking ibuprofen after tattoo removal can help with pain and inflammation.

Can tattoos be removed in one session?

Tattoo removal typically requires more than one session depending on the size, color, ink depth, quality, tattoo age, skin type and laser technology. Most patients require 5-10 sessions to achieve satisfactory results.

Do you have to shave for tattoo removal?

It is recommended to shave before tattoo removal. Hair can obstruct the laser, causing discomfort. Shaving the hair in the area prevents the laser from singeing the hair.

How long after laser tattoo removal will I see results?

Size, color, depth and age of the tattoo all affect how quickly the tattoo will fade, but you should notice the initial fading 6-8 weeks after your first session.

How long after tattoo removal can you swim?

You should wait 1-2 weeks after your tattoo removal to go swimming. Within the first week, chemicals in pools, bacteria in natural water and prolonged exposure to moisture can increase the risk of infection and slow down the healing process.

How painful is laser tattoo removal?

Pain level of tattoo removal varies from person to person. Pain levels can vary depending on the size of the tattoo, tattoo location, laser technology and pain tolerance.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

A laser is directed at the tattooed area and emits short pulses of light that pass through the outer layers of skin. The laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink and broken down into smaller particles. The body's immune system recognizes these smaller particles as foreign objects and are carried away through the lymphatic system.


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