Are you one of the many people who had a boyfriend or girlfriends name tattooed to your skin? Are you regretting that choice? If yes, you are not alone. About fifty percent of people who get a tattoo later end up regretting the decision. Fortunately, tattoos can be removed or lightened with the laser tattoo removal procedure. Below is an overview of the laser tattoo removal treatment.
Laser tattoo removal procedures involve the application of pulsations of light that pass harmlessly through the upper layers of the skin. These pulses of light are selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. The high efficiency laser energy causes the tattoo to fragment into small particles that are then expelled from the body through the immune system.
Researchers have studied the procedure extensively to determine how to best utilize the waves of light and deliver the best possible tattoo removal treatment possible. The laser does not impact or change the structure of the skin’s natural color or tone and will not damage the skin under or around the unwanted tattoo.
Unfortunately, the treatment for tattoo removal is somewhat uncomfortable; most patints experience the same degree of discomfort that they felt when getting the tattoo in the first place. The sensation of the laser may feel like hot pecks or like a rubber band being snapped on the skin. In addition, certain colors may not respond as quickly to the treattment. For example, black is the easiest color to remove. Green tones typically do not respond as well to the treatment, but there are selective lasers that can be used to remove the color green from the skin. More than one treatment is needed to achieve desired results.
Tylenol is recommended before the treatment for minor muscles aches or discomfort. Your physician may also apply a prescription anesthetic cream two hours before the tattoo laser removal treatment is performed.
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