Tattoos can be many things; beautiful pieces of artwork, declarations of love or devotion, or horrible mistakes. However you ended up with yours, a time may come when your tastes, heart, or senses change. And that’s ok! Very few things are permanent these days, and fortunately, if you so choose, tattoos can also fall into that category as well!
Laser tattoo removal is now a safe and effective way to undo what has been done. It works by applying the laser light energy directly to the skin, and that process breaks up the ink particles that have been deposited into the upper layers of your epidermis. This allows your body’s immune system to then absorb the broken-down particles into the body, and through the liver.
Many initial questions usually focus on “how long does it take?” and “will it hurt?” Typically, the number of treatments will depend on how big your tattoo is, what colors are involved, and your skin type. Large tattoos can take up to ten or more sessions and each session should be spaced around 7 weeks apart. Your skin needs time to heal between treatments. The time to heal, also gives your body and liver adequate time to absorb the ink that your white blood cells are digesting from the laser light process.
The question of how painful it is, is of course completely subjective. However, a good benchmark would be that if you were able to tolerate getting a tattoo, chances are, you’ll be able to manage its removal. Most people deem it less painful than getting the tattoo itself.
Regardless of your reasons for getting inked, sometimes things change, and it’s good to know you have options. If you’re considering laser tattoo removal, give us a call at Ponte Vedra Vein Institute today at (904) 280-0600 to schedule a consultation and we will be happy to discuss an approach tailored to your specific needs.