Do you regret a tattoo? Whether your ink hasn’t aged well or your permanent makeup isn’t quite what you thought it would be, you may be interested in having a tattoo removed. Book an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Louis Acosta to learn about laser treatments for tattoo removal at Primary Skin Care & Aesthetics in Beverly Hills.
The intense light of the laser penetrates the skin and breaks up the pigment of the ink in your tattoo. Different colors of ink absorb different wavelengths -- although black absorbs all laser wavelengths, making it the easiest color to remove.
Once the pigment is broken up, your lymphatic system naturally removes it, like any other waste in your body.
The number of treatments required depends on the colors used in your tattoo, its size, how long you’ve had it, and other factors. Dr. Acosta will give you an idea of what to expect before beginning the treatments.
Most people say that the process of having a tattoo removed is about as uncomfortable as getting a tattoo. It isn’t entirely painless, but the majority of patients don’t require anesthesia.
Following treatment, you may have some swelling, blistering, or raising of the tattoo. Usually, these symptoms go away within a week or two.
There are some potential side effects to laser treatments for removing tattoos. You may experience a darkening or lightening of the skin, which could take as long as 12 months to go away.
Scarring is another possible side effect, though somewhat rarer than changes in the pigmentation of your skin.
Some of the ink used commonly in cosmetic tattoos, such as lip liner or eyeliner, and especially colors that contain white ink, may get darker following a laser treatment. The problem will resolve with additional treatments, but seeing the tattoo you are getting removed get darker can be startling.
Before beginning treatments, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Acosta. He evaluates your tattoo and gives you an idea of how many treatments it will likely take to remove it.
To reduce discomfort and treatment time, Dr. Acosta utilizes the Describe® PFD patch. The revolutionary medical patch helps the laser target the tattoo ink, while protecting your skin at the same time. Dr. Acosta was one of the first physicians to offer the Describe PFD patch to patients.
During laser treatments, you’ll wear eye protection. Dr. Acosta applies pulsed light from the laser across your tattoo. After the treatment, he applies an ice pack to minimize discomfort and an antibiotic ointment to reduce the likelihood of an infection.
You’ll need to use sunscreen to protect the area after a laser treatment, as the skin will be more susceptible to burns.
If you’re interested in learning more about laser treatments to remove a tattoo, schedule an appointment with Dr. Acosta. He’s happy to answer questions and explain the process in further detail.