So How Does Tattoo Removal Work?
The Revlite SI laser is different that the lasers we use for laser hair removal or skin resurfacing. It is a Q Switch Laser which means heat energy is delivered very rapidly breaking up the ink into tiny particles.
Your immune system (aka: your bodies filtration system) sends in special cells to process these cells and carry them away.
Will the Procedure Hurt?
Everyone wants to know, does laser tattoo removal hurt? The real answer is YES, BUT we get everyone through this quick session. It literally takes seconds to treat the majority of tattoos and everyone does fine! The cold air we blow on the tattoo has a numbing effect which really helps.
The tattoo will “frost”, meaning a hazy color will form over the tattoo. This will dissipate in about 20-30 minutes. Some people may notice swelling of the area. You will begin to see fading in about one month following your first treatment.
Depending on your skin type, you can expect to return for subsequent visits every 6-8 weeks. As a rule, tattoos can take 10 sessions or more to remove. Of course there are some that can take less, but it has been our experience most need at least 10. Your tattoo removal procedure will be done by either Dr. Kulkin or one of our PA’s or NP’s, each with years of laser experience.