Will the laser procedure scar my skin? No. This is a question that many new patients ask about, and we understand their concenrs. Modern tattoo removal lasers (Q-switched Nd: YAG) such as the Q-clear will not scar the skin for two reasons. First, the laser does not go deep enough in the skin to cause a scarring response. Second, the pulse from the laser is so fast that only the tattoo pigmentation is affected and surrounding cells and tissue are left undamaged. Scarring was an issue 10 or 15 years ago when the equipment used for tattoo removal was rather primitive. There is no need to be concerned about scarring unless you have a history of kelooid scarring, which our provider will discuss with you.
Does the prcedure hurt? Almost every patient we treat compares the pain from the procedure with that of getting the tattoo applied. A key difference is that laser tattoo removal is much quicker-most treatments take between 5 and 30 minutes, with the average being around 10-15 minutes. Patients compare the discomfort with that of a rubber band snapping against their skin. Black ink tattoos are slightly less uncomfortable to remove than colored tattoos due to the wavelength of light we use to break up the ink.
What side effects might I experience? Most experience some redness, swelling, and minor blistering of the skin after a laser treatment. These side effects are temporary and your skin will heal back completely. We provide our patients detailed after-care instructions to help them manage their skin after the treatment.
Please call the laser tattoo removal experts at Tat2 Removal Center to schedule a free consultation at 318-869-1899