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Laser Tattoo Removal: Your Dermatologist Has Options


After you spend months researching the perfect quote, design or idea there is nothing quite like finally seeing the end goal and vision come to life right on your own body. Some may keep it visible their entire life and others may decide down the line to start considering laser tattoo removal. If you are considering removal, the dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute are able to provide tattoo removal methods. Here are some things to keep in mind before getting a tattoo removed.


What is Laser Tattoo Removal and How Much Does it Cost?

During a laser tattoo removal session lasers are used to breakdown tattoo ink. An intense pulse of light breaks the ink into tiny particles that become absorbed by your own body. Eventually the entire tattoo is absorbed and the tattoo fades. Depending on the size, location and colors used in the tattoo being removed more than one tattoo removal session will be necessary. It is common to need 4 to 6 sessions to see complete results. Tattoo removal cost is per session needed with each session costing on average, $450.


Is Getting a Tattoo Removed Safe?

If you are considering laser tattoo removal, the process is relatively safe with minimal side effects. A few possible side effects that should be taken into consideration include infection, partial pigmentation removal, scarring and skin discoloration.

Like most procedures, even those done professionally, your tattoo removal area will be at risk for infection. For this reason, it is important to treat and properly bandage the treated area as suggested by your doctor. Additionally, while the dermatologist will do their best to remove all pigmentation, occasionally the pigment may not be completely removed if it is too deep to be reached by the lasers. This also may result in the treated skin being left more pale or darker than its surrounding areas. Lastly, like any treatment involving a laser, there is always a possibility of scarring.


What is the Removal Process?

Once you have decided to have your tattoo removed, consult a dermatologist to schedule an appointment to begin the removal process. In a laser tattoo removal session, eye shields are used where it is necessary for both the patient and doctor. Since a strong laser is used you want to make sure your eyes are protected. Before the session begins a patch test will be performed. This helps determine the reaction the rest of your skin will have. If not done, you could have a bad reaction to the laser. Once your skin has been tested, removal can begin.

Patients describe the feeling of the laser as a quick snapping sensation. While some patients can handle the discomfort, others can be given a topical anesthesia to numb the area. Once the session is over you will want to ice the area and then cover it with a bandage so it doesn’t get infected. The tattoo will become lighter after each treatment and will eventually disappear.

Laser tattoo removal may not be for everyone, but if you are a good candidate and live in Bloomington, Illinois or the surrounding areas, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist at the Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute.

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