Laser tattoo removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses high-intensity light beams to break up pigment particles in an unwanted tattoo. Black tattoo pigment and all other colors, including more difficult greens and blues, can be removed with the groundbreaking PicoWay laser system. Laser tattoo removal with this advanced device is regarded as the gold standard in tattoo removal, achieving superior results with fewer treatments.
Nearly 30% of our population has at least one tattoo, including almost 50% of millennials. As many as 25% of those people are now experiencing “tattoo regret.” If you are among the 25% who would like to shed their tattoos, you may be a good candidate for laser tattoo removal.
Dr. Ariel Ostad is a board-certified dermatologist who offers safe, effective laser tattoo removal.
He has a deep understanding of the anatomy of the skin, and an extensive background with many types of laser equipment and laser therapies.
Dr. Ostad and his staff are known for their advanced training and stay ahead of the curve on cutting-edge techniques in cosmetic dermatology.
Before the procedure begins, you will be given protective eye shields. The practitioner will test your skin’s reaction to determine the most effective energy for treatment. Your practitioner will then pass pulses of intense light through your skin to be absorbed by the tattoo pigment. During a laser tattoo removal session, the laser causes a stinging sensation.
This can be alleviated with topical numbing. Treatment time will depend on the ink color and the location and size of the tattoo. A series of treatment sessions will be needed for optimal results. It is important to note that, while all colors can be faded, some may not be removed entirely.
Laser tattoo removal is a simple, outpatient procedure with no downtime. However, proper aftercare is essential for optimum results. You may experience redness, blistering, swelling, scabbing, or small amounts of bleeding. These minor symptoms typically resolve on their own within a few days after treatment. Cold packs can help relieve discomfort. Your upper layer of skin may turn white (this is known as frosting), but this will change when the skin peels off during recovery. It is important to boost your immune system with nutritious foods and exercise and to properly clean the treated area to help prevent infection.
A laser is a high-intensity beam of light. Specific wavelengths target various pigments in tattoo ink. As laser energy is directed at surface skin, the tattoo absorbs it, with minimal impact to surrounding tissues. Pigments in the ink are shattered from heat generated by the laser. The body’s lymphatic system then harmlessly flushes the particles away.
The skin has three layers: the epidermis, which is the surface or protective barrier layer. The dermis, which is the middle layer that contains connective fibers, hair follicles, and sweat glands. And the hypodermis, the deep, subcutaneous (under the skin). A tattoo introduces pigments into the dermis. Because the dermis is not shed like the epidermis, ink stays visible indefinitely. The internet is “rife” with DIY techniques and retail topical preparations to fade tattoos. As they only affect the epidermis, these methods are not effective.
Safe laser tattoo removal requires a sterile setting, leading-edge instruments, a highly-trained clinician with experience in treating all skin tones, precision, and patience. Inexperienced treatment can result in burns and scarring.