Removing an Unwanted Tattoo Using Lasers

As society welcomes tattoos as a growing part of mainstream culture, the need for tattoo removal services in Texas and around the country will increase. New technology is constantly introduced into the marketplace that allows physicians and medical professionals to accomplish feats that not too long ago would have been virtually impossible. Laser tattoo removal allows patients to get rid of, or significantly fade, an unwanted tattoo using laser technology.

Patients who are interested in laser tattoo removal should consult a laser removal specialist for more information on the process and to discuss the probability of success for their individual treatment. Depending on the color, intricacy and location of the tattoo, removing an unwanted tattoo may become more difficult.

Although laser tattoo removal may not remove all tattoos, it has become the popular choice among patients and physicians in removing an unwanted tattoo. Surgical procedures tend to leave scarring and can in some cases leave the tattoo?s aesthetic worse off than before. Patients interested in having a tattoo removed should consult their doctor beforehand to determine their own candidacy.

The best candidates for laser tattoo removal are fair skinned patients with tattoos on their arms, chest, buttocks and legs. Tattoos on areas of the body with less body fat, such as the fingers and ankles, are hardest to remove and dark skinned individuals tend to have more trouble removing an unwanted tattoo than do fair skinned individuals. Speaking with a specialist in the field is the best way to determine one's own candidacy for tattoo removal. The size, location of the tattoo, age of the tattoo, health of the individual, color of the tattoo and the color of the individual's skin all play a role in determining the success of laser tattoo removal.

Side effects of laser tattoo removal may include a change in skin color, infection and, in rare cases, scarring. Concerned patients will find more information about possible side effects from a tattoo removal specialist. Unfortunately, laser tattoo removal is a painful procedure. The light pulses that the laser generates may feel different to each individual patient, but generally patients feel some level of pain or discomfort. The tattoo removal specialist may apply a local anesthetic ointment prior to the treatment, or may inject a local anesthetic prior to treatment. Before taking any pain medication, speak with the specialist performing the procedure.

The laser tattoo removal process works by using a laser to generate high energy pulses that are directed towards the tattoo ink in the skin. The energy breaks up the tattoo pigment into fragmented particles, which are then passed through the body's natural immune system. Depending on the depth of the ink, the color of the ink and the size of the tattoo, several sessions may be required before the full benefits of laser tattoo removal can be seen. Patients with questions about the number of sessions they may be required to endure should speak with the specialist performing the procedure.

Patients in the Austin, Texas area who are interested in laser tattoo removal should speak to a medical professional at a tattoo removal clinic. Thanks to modern laser technology and innovations in the medical field, removing an unwanted tattoo is possible. Patients should ask questions and determine their own candidacy for the procedure and ask for an estimate of the number of sessions that may be required, although a specialist may not be able to provide the patient with a completely accurate estimate, as many variable factors may determine the number of sessions that are ultimately required.

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