Of the 25 percent of Americans who reportedly have tattoos, it is estimated that about half of them have at least one that they regret. At Rao Dermatology, our tattoo removal services give you optimal results while also focusing on patient safety and comfort.
Rao Dermatology has locations in Fresno, California; Hanford, California; Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, and Manhattan, New York. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our medical team.
What is Tattoo Removal?
Once a painful and only partially successful treatment, advancements in laser technology have now made tattoo removal a safe and effective option with minimal recovery time.
Laser tattoo removal works by applying controlled beams of laser light directly to the tattoo. The light bypasses the skin’s surface and breaks up the pigment in the tattoo. While black ink absorbs all light wavelengths and is the easiest to remove, colored tattoos may require different lasers in order to be successfully treated.
On average, most small and medium-sized tattoos can be removed within two to four sessions, although more may be required depending on the size and coloring. Prior to treatment, your skin may be tested with the laser to determine the most effective wavelength.
Most patients compare tattoo removal to feeling a rubber band being snapped lightly against their skin. If this sensation causes pain, a topical gel may be available to soothe the skin throughout treatment.
Am I a Good Candidate for Tattoo Removal?
As every tattoo is different, our medical team will tailor each treatment plan to the individual. Your skin type and tattoo area will be evaluated by our medical team during your consultation, and you will be advised on what to expect as well as your personal treatment preferences.
Patients who have attempted to have their tattoos removed by other means may also qualify, depending on the situation.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Slight redness akin to a sunburn is most commonly experienced after tattoo removal treatment. Any discomfort can be controlled with ice or cold compresses, and treated areas should be exposed to sunlight for long periods of time.
Although at-home remedies exist for tattoo removal, these over the counter methods are largely unsuccessful and can damage your skin. These types of treatments should always be done by a medical professional, and at Rao Dermatology our medical team has extensive experience in laser technology and treatments.
Contact Rao Dermatology today to schedule a consultation with our medical team and get your unwanted tattoo safely and successfully removed with laser tattoo removal.