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5 Common Tattoo Removal Questions

If you are considering removing your tattoo, give LaserMed a call.

If you have a tattoo you regret, seeking assistance from Atlanta tattoo removal specialist Dr. Jean Chapman may be the solution for you. The process of removing a tattoo is done by targeting a laser at the tattooed area. The specialized laser will send short pulses of light into the skin, breaking up the ink and causing it to dissolve. After multiple sessions, the tattoo will fade and eventually disappear.
1) How long does removal take? The number of sessions required for removing a tattoo can vary on the placement, depth, density, and color of the tattoo. On average, you’ll need 6 – 10 sessions to see the best results. Although the sessions themselves are brief, you’ll need to schedule them 5 – 6 weeks apart so your skin has adequate time to heal.
2) Are all inks easy to remove? The ease of removal varies with each individual. In general, darker inks can be removed more easily, but different wavelengths of light are used to break up different colors of ink. For Atlanta tattoo removal patients, our staff at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic will be able to give you a more precise estimate on how difficult your removal will be during your consultation.
3) What should I do to the area after a treatment? After each session, you should cover the area in antibiotic ointment 2 – 3 times a day and put a sterile dressing over it. Scabs, blisters, and red skin are common in the week following a session, and to prevent infection, it’s important not to pick at or scratch the area. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.
4) Is laser tattoo removal painful? You will likely experience mild to moderate discomfort while getting a tattoo removed. One common analogy is that it’s like have a rubber band snapped against the skin repeatedly. In some cases, an anesthetic gel or cream will be applied to the area before each session to minimize pain.
5) Will laser tattoo removal leave a scar? When up-to-date removal techniques are used, scarring is rare, but hyperpigmentation does sometimes occur. Practicing proper aftercare is important in minimizing scarring and discoloration. If you’re in the Atlanta area and would like to learn more about the specifics of tattoo removal, contact Dr. Jean Chapman for a consultation. At your appointment, Dr. Chapman can give you more of an idea about how many sessions you’ll need and what to expect from the process.

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