Do you have a tattoo you no longer want or never wanted in the first place? Luckily, there is laser tattoo removal! If you are considering tattoo removal, you might be wondering what to expect. Here is some basic information about what laser tattoo removal is like at WIFH.
1. You will need more than one treatment.
For the best results, you will need a series of treatments. However, most tattoos will need 10 to 15 treatments—more or less depending on the various factors specific to your tattoo and skin.
2. You’ll need a consultation to know how many treatments you will need.
Overall, there are many variables that can affect the number of treatments you will need in order to say goodbye to your tattoo, including the age of the tattoo, the colors present in the tattoo, the vividness of the ink, the color of your skin, whether the tattoo was layered over another or not, and its location on the body.
3. Like getting your tattoo, the procedure isn’t painless.
As for discomfort, the procedure is not painless, it’s much like the process of actually getting the tattoo in the first place, however we can treat the tattoo very quickly. Thus, the discomfort you feel will be short-lived. If you find the process to uncomfortable we can prescribe a numbing cream to ease the sensation.
4. Unlike your tattoo, results are not immediate.
While we won’t know how many treatments you need until your consultation, we space the treatments six to eight weeks apart. It will take several visits before you’ll begin to see a change in your tattoo. You will gradually see some of the ink fading over the next three to four weeks post treatment.
5. Your tattoo will turn white the first time we treat it.
We refer to this as frosting. This effect only lasts about 10-15 minutes post-treatment and then goes away. Once the frosting goes away it will look like we did nothing to your tattoo, and some say the ink looks even more vibrant. However, this is just an illusion. The laser has actually broken the ink up in to tiny particles; your body now has to kick in to filter out those fragments.
6. Sometimes there’s swelling.
You can experience swelling in the area of your tattoo for a couple days, so we recommend icing on and off for the first day or so, depending on the swelling.
7. You might experience redness, pinpoint bleeding, and even some itching.
This is a normal part of the tattoo removal process as the skin heals. We recommend you use Aquaphor three to four times daily for the first three days to promote healing and reduce skin irritation. NOTE: Do not use Neosporin, it can increase the chance of blistering.
8. There is the possibility of blistering with tattoo removal.
If you do experience blistering following your laser tattoo removal treatment (keep in mind this is normal), notify your practitioner. Avoid popping or picking the blister, as this increases the possibility of infection.
9. You’ll need to take it slow while you heal.
You will need to limit any physical activity for the first 24 hours and should avoid pools, lakes, ocean, hot tubs and tub soaking pedicures for about five to seven days post treatment or until the area has healed.
10. If you want it gone, it’s worth every penny.
Prices will vary depending on how many treatments you need and whether or not your tattoo has color, but expect to pay more to remove the tattoo than you spent to have it put on.
You can find more information on pricing and any other questions you might have by visiting our laser tattoo removal page. We welcome you to schedule a complimentary consultation so that we can assess your tattoo in person.