Tattoos though considered permanent, can be removed with the aid of various tools and procedures. One option for tattoo removal is a ‘cover up’ mechanism, wherein a new tattoo is etched on an older fading tattoo.

Another technique of tattoo removal is by the use of laser treatment. The tattoo marked skin is exposed to laser rays, which fragment the ink particles of the tattoo into smaller and smaller pieces. These pieces of ink slowly get flushed out of the body with the passage of time and regeneration of new skin cells. Laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective mode of erasing permanent tattoos. Laser machines of various wavelengths are used to remove tattoos of different colors and sizes.

1. Is this procedure effective?

Treatment by laser rays is very effective and delivers impactful results in a few sessions for patients. The risks involved are limited as exposure to laser rays is not harmful for the skin and puts minimal damage to the skin.

2. How many sessions are required for laser tattoo removal?

Laser removal of tattoos takes multiple sessions, as the fading of ink particles from laser rays is a gradual process. It takes around 3 to 10 sessions to remove tattoos, depending on their size. Each session is normally scheduled a few weeks apart for maximum results.

3. What can be the risks involved in this procedure?

Patients may suffer from hyperpigmentation/ darkening of the skin, infections, and scarring. Sensitive skin is at a higher risk of damage because of exposure to laser rays for a prolonged period of time.

4. What is the post treatment care advised by doctors?

It is recommended to keep the treated area cool by using ice packs. Topical ointments are also applied to prevent scarring and blistering of the skin post treatment. Doctors also cover the treated area with bandage to prevent exposure to the elements for a certain period of time.

5. Does laser removal of tattoos need anesthetics?

This procedure is not very painful, and does not need the usage of local anesthesia for patients. The only feeling that one experiences during treatment is a slight singing of the skin with laser rays. Depending on the pain experienced on an individual case basis, doctors also use painkillers, antibiotics and topical anesthetics to manage this pain. Treatment by laser rays is a virtually painless process for most cases.


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