Laser Tattoo Removal
So you got inked! And now you have a little tattoo regret. You aren’t alone. Or maybe, you want to cover up an existing tattoo, but the old ink is too dense. Fortunately, advances in laser technology have made the removal of unwanted tattoos possible. Successful Laser Tattoo Removal requires an ideal combination of advanced laser technology, multiple laser sessions and medical skin care expertise to ensure that the ink breaks down properly without leaving problematic pigmentary concerns. Kucumber Skin Lounge has had exceptional results removing tattoos over the past ten years and we’d be pleased to help you remove your ink. Book a complimentary skin analysis and consultation today.
Our laser employs various wavelengths that target the ink that is suspended in the skin. The quick laser pulses heat the pigment, rupturing the cells that contain the ink. The ruptured cells are then cleared from the skin by the body’s natural healing processes and new, healthy ink-free cells are formed. It is this precise combination of your body’s own healing processes, triggered by a powerful, targeted laser treatment that removes the ink from the tattoo site and flushes it out of your body through the lymphatic system.
Our laser can remove a variety of tattoos; however, the number of treatments required can only be determined during your consultation. For example, amateur tattoos are generally less saturated and contain lighter inks, making these tattoos easy to remove in a few sessions. Whereas permanent makeup inks may take even more sessions. Permanent makeup often uses red, brown and white pigments containing titanium dioxide and iron oxide. These compounds are more difficult to remove, so removal of permanent makeup often requires additional sessions. Professional tattoos are notorious for a wide range of chemical compositions and inorganic substances such as chromium green, cobalt blue, or cadmium yellow. These are known to cause adverse skin reactions and take a number of treatments to remove. Your practitioner will thoroughly review all factors and estimate the number of treatments your tattoo removal requires during your complimentary consultation.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your skin type and the age, location, color, ink layering, chemical composition and amount of ink will affect the outcome of the tattoo removal process. Nearly every patient will require multiple laser treatments to remove a tattoo, with most seeing satisfactory results in seven to ten treatments. Some heavily pigmented, professional tattoos may require up to twenty sessions, particularly if the tattoo is saturated in blue, green and dark tones.
Common side effects are immediate post-treatment redness and swelling. Application of a cold compress often provides relief. Depending on your pain tolerance, the laser can be more painful for some patients. A topical numbing agent may be used during treatment to ensure your comfort.
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I came in for another session for tattoo removal yesterday. I’m so pleased yet again with the level of service. — Nikki