Tattoo regret? You’re not alone. With over 40 million people tattooed, nearly 25% now want them removed. What once seemed like a good idea might now be a lifetime of regret. With all the lotions and creams and other removal myths out there, it’s important that you understand that laser tattoo removal is a proven method for removing your tattoo for good.
You’ve probably heard a little bit about the tattoo removal process and will naturally have questions about what to expect. Skin Wellness Dermatology is here to help address all of your concerns and help you feel comfortable with your decision.
Why Use a Laser?
With tattoos being so deeply embedded in your skin, a tool is needed that can penetrate just as deep to remove it. Tattoos are designed to be permanent. They stay in your skin by injecting dye and pigment into the deep layers. Using the proper beam of light and q-switch technology, we can disrupt the ink underneath the epidermal layer and start to remove the pigment and color of the tattoo.
How Does Laser Removal Work?
Laser energy is directed at the tattooed area for a matter of milliseconds, passing harmlessly through the epidermis and targeting the tattoo ink directly. The laser works as a chisel to disrupt and break down the ink, allowing your body to absorb the smaller fragments and break it down naturally. It’s such a safe and effective tool that we offer a range of other laser dermatology services.
How Many Sessions Does It Take To Fully Remove My Tattoo?
Every tattoo responds differently to removal treatments. Most amateur tattoos can be removed in 2–4 sessions, and professional tattoos take about 6–12 sessions. If your tattoo has color, the number of sessions it could take may vary. Black tattoo pigment absorbs the laser wavelengths best, making it the easiest color to remove. A consultation with a Skin Wellness expert can give you a more accurate estimate of how many sessions your tattoo removal could take.
What Does It Feel Like To Get A Tattoo Removed?
Tattoo removal has been described as a warm snapping rubber band. If you remember the sensation of getting a tattoo, you can expect the same or a similar sensation when you’re getting it removed. It may not be a great sensation. However, each session will last a few seconds to a few minutes and can be numbed with topical and/or local anesthesia.
How Much Does Tattoo Removal Cost?
The cost of fully removing a tattoo will depend on a variety of factors. Each individual session’s cost is affected by the size, color, and location of the tattoo. Unlimited packages are available to help manage those costs for larger removals. A consultation with the experts at Skin Wellness will mean a more accurate estimate of costs associated with your tattoo removal.
What Kind Of Laser Do You Use in Tattoo Removal?
We use the latest in Q-switch technology. Our device can treat a variety of inks and colors using four different wavelengths of PhotoAcoustic energy that penetrate the skin’s surface and shatter the ink into microscopic particles. With the shortest pulse duration and the quickest repetition rate, we can remove most tattoo colors from any skin type.
Schedule a Tattoo Removal Consultation
At Skin Wellness Dermatology, we offer cutting-edge skincare, dermatology, and laser tattoo removal services to our patients in the Greater Birmingham area, including Hoover and Homewood. At our offices in Homewood and Chelsea, AL, our certified dermatologists are here to listen to your concerns and offer the individualized, high level of patient care you seek. We even post articles to explain our procedures here.
Tattoo Removal: Before and After
How do you know that our method of tattoo removal works? Our results speak for themselves! Take a look at some of our tattoo removal before and afters. You can trust the experts at Skin Wellness to help you reach your ideal results.
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