Laser Tattoo Removal
In the past, a tattoo was a permanent investment, but its' appeal may not hold the same longevity. However, thanks to recent advances in laser technology, tattoos can be diminished more safely and effectively, with fewer treatments, as well as colors that previously were difficult to remove.
LaserMed has been offering Laser Tattoo Removal for over 20 years utilizing Medlite C3 Laser which is a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser using 532 and 1064nm wavelengths to target both black/navy blue/dark green tattoo inks as well red tone inks. Laser beams of 2-3 mm spot size will cover the shape of the tattoo during each session and the body will clear out the ink from lasered skin over 3 to 8 weeks.
A consultation with Dr. Chapman is highly recommended prior to scheduling the first laser treatment. This is because the number of sessions needed and potential success of the laser tattoo removal is dependent on several factors:
How long you’ve had the tattoo
How deeply the ink penetrates your skin
The colors in your tattoo
Where the tattoo appears on your body
Your health and medications you take, and
If you’ve ever had a raised scar
Multiple sessions are required usually to clear out the inks without causing any damage or after effect to the skin. The newer the tattoos are, the more sessions will be needed to clear out the tattoos. As well, time between treatments is necessary to give your skin time to heal and for your body to flush out the ink.
Typically icing the skin prior to laser treatment or topical numbing cream will be used to make the procedure comfortable. The procedure takes only minutes. Once enough sessions are performed, the tattoos are usually completely faded for black/navy blue/green or red tattoos but will be more challenging for pastel color tattoos. It is important to follow post-care instructions, keep all of your appointments, and protect the treated skin for 3 months with sunblock, as well as clothing (white, yellow or other light colors are not recommended) that blocks out light.
Each patient is unique; therefore, results may vary.