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10 Things You Didn't Know About Laser Tattoo Removal

laser tattoo removal, Chappell Rosso Dermatology and The Laser & Aesthetic Center

Are you one of the 23% of people who regret one of your tattoos? Perhaps you realize that a certain tattoo or two could harm your job interview chances.

While tattoos are more commonplace than they used to be, more people are choosing to have their tattoos removed. Whether you’ve outgrown your ink, or you regret that teenage vacation decision, our doctors at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center can remove your tattoos quickly, effectively, and safely.

Here are 10 things you might not have realized about laser tattoo removal.

1. The ink isn’t as deep as you might think

Contrary to belief, tattoo ink doesn’t seep deep into your skin. It simply penetrates the dermis layer which means it’s deep enough that the tattoo isn’t affected by skin flaking. That also means that when the tattoo is removed, the laser doesn’t penetrate deep into your skin. 

2. Your immune system does much of the work

During laser treatment, a high-intensity light blasts your ink into tiny particles. This makes it easier for your body to absorb and naturally flush them from your system.

3. You may be a little sore

Laser treatment can be painful. Drs. Rosso and Chappell use a cutting-edge laser tattoo removal system known as the PicoSure. This laser system is less painful than traditional tattoo removal. Some patients have reported that the PicoSure system feels similar to a rubber band being snapped on your skin.

4. We can treat multi-colored and big tattoos

Tattoos with specific colors or particularly large tattoos can also be removed with laser treatment. Black tattoos are the easiest to remove and those with red, orange, or yellow ink can be more difficult. Simply put, the bigger the tattoo, the more treatments you may need to remove it successfully.

5. You might smell burning hair

If you don’t shave the area to be treated, you may smell burning hair during your laser treatment.

6. It matters who removes your tattoo

Chances are, your tattoo artist told you that the difference between a great tattoo and a poor tattoo is the artist. The same goes for tattoo removal. The effectiveness of the removal all depends on the experience and skill of the doctor and the techniques they use.

Our highly experienced team of doctors use PicoSure to remove tattoos faster and with greater success.

7. Location of the tattoo matters

Did you know that the further a tattoo is from your heart, the more difficult it is for the body to clear the ink once it’s broken down?

In other words, areas like the face are easier to treat than the trunk, which is still easier than your upper arms or buttocks. The hardest areas to break down tattoos are the ankles, feet, and hands.

8. You may need several laser sessions

It can be difficult to predict how many sessions you’ll need to completely remove your tattoo. Your laser treatment depends on the location, size, and color of the tattoo, as well as your skin type. On average, you may need around 6 or more sessions to remove a regular tattoo.

9. Smoking slows things down

Here’s another excuse to stop smoking: it slows down the removal process. Smoking constricts your blood vessels, affecting their function. In turn, this impairs your immune system and prevents ink particles from being naturally flushed from your system as quickly as possible. It also increases the amount of time it takes the body to heal.

10. We can remove face tattoos, too

Having a tattoo on your forehead or cheeks can be difficult to cover up when you no longer like it. Laser tattoo, fortunately, is safe to use on delicate areas like the face and won’t damage the surrounding skin.
If you want to have a tattoo removed, call our office or book an appointment at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and The Laser & Aesthetic Center to discuss laser tattoo removal today.

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