An estimated 20 million Americans have tattoos—but half of them now wish they could remove it! Tattoos are created by inserting colored pigments into the cells of the dermis (the layer of skin right below the top layer). In the past, it was impossible to remove a tattoo, but laser tattoo removal has changed that.
How laser tattoo removal works
In the early days of laser tattoo removal, a scar or white area would be left behind. Today, the laser used can create short pulses of colors to treat the entire spectrum of tattoo ink. The treatment doesn’t require any incisions. The amount of treatments you need to remove your tattoo depends on the color, size, and ink type. For instance, removing a small tattoo of one color can take several 30 minute laser treatments. Multicolored tattoos will take longer and require more treatments. Each session has a four to eight week waiting period in between. Treatments are administered in the doctor’s office and don’t require hospital admittance or general anesthesia.
What to consider before you get a tattoo
If you are interested in getting a tattoo, there are some important questions to ask yourself that may help you avoid tattoo removal in the first place. First, why are you getting a tattoo? Is it a design you chose without much thought, or does it have a more timeless appeal? Consider how much you’ll like your tattoo in 5, 10, and 20 years down the road. Will it have the same significance and meaning to you later in life?
Second, have you thought out where you want the tattoo placed on your body? A tattoo on your face requires more maintenance than one on your skin. Depending on the type of work you are in or want to pursue, will the visibility of your tattoo affect your job prospects and interaction with clients?
Schedule a consultation
If you have questions about tattoo removal or any of the services we offer at Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, arrange a consultation today. You can contact us at 510-724-8282 (Pinhole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur).