More than 30% of Americans have at least one tattoo. and a recent study reported that close to 25% of people want their tattoos removed. If you have a tattoo that you would like removed, laser therapy is the best option. 

Over the past decade, recent advances in laser tattoo removal have made the process safe and effective in helping to fade tattoos in fewer treatments. In fact, with multiple lasers on the market, ink colors that were once almost impossible to remove are now treatable. 

Although technology has improved, the safety and results of the process depend almost entirely on the person performing the tattoo removal for you. It is important to contact a professional if you need a tattoo removed.

Here are some frequently asked questions by those wanting to have a tattoo removed safely:

Which colors can be removed with a laser?

All colors can be treated with a laser, but some respond more quickly than others. Every pigment in the tattoo needs to receive a specific wavelength of laser light to be treated effectively. The number of lasers used will be dependent on the number of colors that need to be removed.

How many sessions will it take to remove my tattoo?

The tattoo will need to be seen and evaluated by a professional to estimate how many sessions will be required to fade the tattoo significantly. Color, age, and depth all play a part in the outcome. When you receive a tattoo, the tattoo artist layers the different shades of ink. It is not possible for a laser to break down all the layers in one treatment safely. 

The time between treatments is crucial for your skin to heal properly. You may see swelling, blistering, and/or redness after the treatment. As the laser hits the ink, the light shatters the ink into tiny particles, which need to be flushed out of your body. The tattoo should lighten after each treatment. Patients on average require 4-8 sessions to remove tattoos.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

You may feel pain or be uncomfortable during the process. You can be given a shot or numbing cream to help with the discomfort.

Are there side effects of laser tattoo removal?

The side effects of laser tattoo removal are lower when performed by an expert with experience in using laser technology. However, there are still risks associated, which can include changes to your skin texture, discoloration, burn, and scarring.

What about tattoo-removal cream instead of laser?

The FDA warns against tattoo removal ointments, creams, or do-it-yourself tattoo removal kits. These products contain strong acids that can cause a rash, burn, damage to your skin, or even a permanent scar. And in the end, you may still have the unwanted tattoo.

Rejuvenation Laser and Skin Center

The professionals at Rejuvenation Laser & Skin Center in Vienna have helped hundreds of clients get rid of unwanted tattoos. Some have been removed for professional reasons, and others simply changed their mind and no longer wanted a particular tattoo. For whatever reason you want your tattoo removed, give us a call today and schedule an appointment.