Laser Tattoo Removal

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Laser tattoo removal is a simple, non-invasive procedure that involves channeling laser energy to remove permanent tattoos. We use the cutting-edge MedLite laser to zap away the unwanted colors of the tattoo. The darker shades of the tattoo absorb the laser energy, following which the unwanted pigments are broken down, fragmented, and expelled from the body as waste. We customize the wavelength to ensure the tattoo is removed without harming the surrounding skin.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser tattoo removal involves channeling various wavelengths of light energy into the regions with the unwanted tattoos. The laser energy is absorbed by the darker pigments of the tattoo but not the surrounding skin tissues. The light energy breaks the unwanted pigments into smaller particles that are eventually flushed away by your body’s immune response. The darker colors are the easiest to remove, and the lighter colors may take a little longer.

Which device do you use for laser tattoo removal?

Premier Aesthetic Dermatology performs laser tattoo removal using the cutting-edge MedLite C6. This is a multi-wavelength system capable of delivering 585nm, 650nm, and 532nm wavelengths of light energy. Since this device can generate numerous wavelengths, it can be calibrated and personalized according to the various shades and colors in your tattoos. Most laser devices are only effective on black tattoos against light skin, but the MedLite C6 is effective for most shades on all skin types.

What happens during laser tattoo removal?

Your laser tattoo removal experience starts with a personalized consultation. The medical provider will examine your tattoos, identify the shades and colors used for your tattoo, discuss your goals and concerns, and review your health history. After a thorough evaluation, the medical provider will curate a personalized treatment plan for you.

During laser tattoo removal, the medical provider will cleanse the region with the tattoo and apply a topical anesthetic to ensure comfort. The MedLite C6 device is calibrated according to your skin color and tattoo color, following which it’s moved over the treatment areas to deliver laser energy. The entire treatment takes 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the tattoo size.

What are the benefits of laser tattoo removal?

  • Non-invasive tattoo removal
  • Causes little to no pain and discomfort
  • Performed under topical anesthesia
  • No harsh side effects or complications
  • No post-treatment downtime
  • Suitable for tattoos of multiple shapes
  • Suitable for all skin types

How many laser tattoo removal sessions will I need?

Each laser tattoo removal session effectively disperses most unwanted pigmentation in the targeted area. But most patients need 2 to 3 sessions spaced a few weeks apart for optimal results. Each laser tattoo removal session will lighten the tattoo until it fades completely.

Is laser tattoo removal effective for all colors?

Laser tattoo removal is extremely effective for black tattoos, especially on light-skinned individuals. The contrast between the tattoo and the skin color allows us to target the unwanted pigments without affecting your skin. The MedLite C6 device allows us to target lighter tattoos on darker skins as well, but it’s always easier to remove black tattoos.

What are the side effects of laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal involves minimal side effects, such as redness, tenderness, numbing, bruising, and discomfort in the treatment areas. The side effects dissipate in a few days.

Is there any downtime after laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal doesn’t involve any downtime. You may resume your daily activities and work immediately, but please avoid high-intensity workouts and direct sunlight for a few days.

Why choose Premier Aesthetic Dermatology?

Premier Aesthetic Dermatology is a boutique dermatology practice specializing in non-invasive cosmetic treatments. We use cutting-edge technologies, such as the MedLite C6 to improve your skin tone and texture without risking harsh side effects or unwanted complications. Our medical providers also customize the treatments to ensure safe results. Please schedule an appointment to explore your laser tattoo removal options in San Carlos.