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By Joy McElroy MD FAAD
February 26, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Tattoo Removal   Tattoos  

Tattoo removal has become one of aesthetic and medical dermatology's most sought-after services. Read on to learn about how this treatment works.

The procedure

Dermatologists mostly use Q-switched, or quality-switched, laser instruments for tattoo removal. Short, focused bursts of light break up the tattoo pigment that lies embedded in skin. With repeated treatments, the pigment particles eventually clear the body, and the tattoo lightens or fades away completely. Your skin doctor will tailor your treatments to your skin and to your tattoo.

Skin doctors find that older tattoos composed of darker hues such as brown or green respond best to laser removal. Colors such as red or yellow are more easily retained and may not fade completely.

These treatments are best performed by a board-certified dermatologist who will examine your skin and your tattoo, review your medical history, and give you the safest and most effective treatment options available.

The American Society for Aesthetic Surgery reports that skin doctors performed more than 45,000 tattoo removal procedures in 2013, and those numbers continue to rise. In just a few treatments, many patients experience complete erasure of their body artwork.

After your tattoo removal

As you may have some blistering, bleeding, and swelling after your laser removal procedure, you must treat your skin gently afterward. Keep the area clean and dry to avoid infection.

Additional aftercare involves:

  • Avoiding sun exposure
  • Keeping the treated skin covered
  • Wearing loose clothing over the tattoo site
  • Applying antibiotic ointment or cream as directed

If you want a tattoo removed...

See your board-certified dermatologist for a personalized consultation. They have the credentials, skill, and tools to do the job safely and effectively. Call your skin doctor today to find out more about removing tattoos.

By Dr. Joy McElroy MD FAAD
February 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care

Tattoo RemovalWhile people have many reasons for getting tattoos, people have just as many reasons for wanting to have them removed down the road. The old methods of tattoo removal were time-intensive and often resulted in scarring. Fortunately, thanks to advancements in laser technology, tattoos can be significantly lightened and reduced safely today with the help of your dermatologist.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

The lasers used to remove tattoos can precisely target ink in the skin, allowing for non-invasive and effective removal of unwanted tattoos. During treatment, the laser works by emitting a focused beam of laser light that passes through the skin’s outer layer. The ink particles absorb the light from the laser, breaking the pigment into smaller particles that are eventually removed by the body’s natural healing processes.

Following a series of laser treatments, the ink particles are gradually faded from the skin. The number of treatment sessions required for optimal results varies according to the size, location, color and depth of the tattoo. Some only require a few laser sessions, while others require multiple treatments.

If you’re having second thoughts about a tattoo or want to learn more about laser tattoo removal, talk to your dermatologist and find out if laser tattoo removal is right for you.