Tattoos can be a wonderful form of self-expression, but sometimes you may wish they were a little less permanent. Whether your tastes changed, you broke up with the person whose name is on your arm, or you just were never satisfied with the quality of work, you have options for removing the offending tattoo. Of all the options out there, Laser tattoo removal is by far the most effective at this.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
When you get a tattoo, ink particles are embedded into your skin. Your body immediately tries to rid itself of them, but cannot due to the size of the ink particles. The white blood cells, however, do not give up. They eventually succeed in eroding them, which is why tattoos can fade over a period of time.
It takes a specific type of laser to break down ink particles. They are known as ultra-short pulse lasers and they let out incredibly hot and short blasts of energy to break down the ink particles. Your average laser meant to remove hair or play with the cat will not be effective.
The colors in your tattoo will affect the process, as different pigments absorb different wavelengths of light. This is why it is important to have laser tattoo removal done by a professional. If your tattoo is colorful, it will require several different wavelength adapters to completely break down the ink particles.
After the laser does the hard work of breaking down the ink, your body can take over and do what it has been trying to do all along. White blood cells will carry the smaller ink particles and take them to your liver, where they are flushed out with all of the other foreign objects collected there.
Results with Laser Tattoo Removal
Almost everyone who uses this procedure can get their tattoo removed completely, or at least to the point that it is incredibly hard to see. That being said, this rarely happens in just one session. You should expect anywhere from 3 to 12 sessions, depending on the size, location, age, and colors of your tattoo. It is possible to need more than 12 sessions, but this is incredibly rare. The treatment sessions need to be spaced out, with at least 6 weeks between them. If you have darker skin, you may need to wait 8 weeks in between sessions. This gives your body time to flush out the ink particles.
If you are someone who has a tattoo they would like removed, contact our office today. We can give you personalized information on what it would take to remove your tattoo and answer any questions you may have. FamWell MD has two different offices in Jacksonville, FL.