Laser tattoo removal is the most effective result oriented technique used to help people get rid of permanent tattoos. It is most frequently used to remove tattoos on arms, shoulders, and back, but you can use this technique to remove tattoos anywhere on your body.
Laser tattoo removal is no doubt the most effective tattoo removing technique that delivers lasting results, but there are few things that you must know before undergoing the procedure. 5 things that you must know about laser tattoo removal are listed below:
- It usually requires several laser treatments
Best Dermatologists in Islamabad and laser experts usually claim to remove unwanted tattoos with laser in a single session, which is not true. It usually requires multiple laser treatments to completely eliminate a tattoo. Also there is a common misconception that the time required to remove a tattoo depends on the size of the tattoo. It is the age of the tattoo as well as its color and depth that determines how long the entire process will take and not its size. Dark colored and superficial tattoos are easier to remove as compared to light colored tattoos that have been carved deep into the skin. But claiming that only a single session is enough to completely remove a tattoo is merely a claim and has no reality. An average tattoo requires four to 8 sessions for its complete removal.
- Blue, green, and yellow hues are harder to remove
Working principle of laser tattoo removal in Islamabad, Rawalpindi & Pakistan is the tattoo pigment absorbs the laser light, heats up and ultimately breaks down. All colors absorb laser light, but only when its wavelength is within the range of that wavelength of that particular color. However, research has shown that yellow, green and blue pigment are difficult to remove even when the wavelength of laser well within the pigment’s wavelength. Some dermatologists believe that yellow, red and orange tattoos are hardest to remove. However, there is no dispute among the dermatologists over black color being the easiest tattoo pigment for laser removal.
- It will most certainly hurt you too—during and after the treatment
It is also claimed by the laser experts and dermatologists that laser tattoo removal is a painless procedure. The procedure does hurt during and after the procedure, but the discomfort caused is not unbearable. Topical anesthesia or numbing cream is applied to the area that needs treatment before the procedure to minimize the discomfort during the procedure. Post-procedure pain care involves applying pain-killer and antibiotic ointments to the treated area. If you are overly sensitive to pain, tell your clinician during pre-procedure consultation and he will perform the procedure with local anesthesia.
- Smokers may be at a disadvantage
Dermatologists have reported a significant difference in the outcomes of laser tattoo removal when performed on smokers and non-smokers. Dermatologists believe that the former has a weak immune system and this affects their ability to flush the broken tattoo pigment out of their bodies. According to research, chances of a smoker to get a tattoo eliminated completely in 10 sessions reduces by about 70 percent.
- You may experience side effects
Your dermatologist may also tell you that laser tattoo removal is the safest procedure of all and does not involve any side effects, but this is not true. Some mild to moderate side effects of laser tattoo removal include redness, itching, swelling and in some cases mild scarring as well. But none of these side effects are permanent; they go away at their own within a couple of hours. However, scars may take a couple of weeks to permanently go away.