Laser Tattoo Removal in West Palm Beach and Jupiter, FL
We all make decisions we regret in life, and tattoos can serve as a constant and permanent visual reminder of some of those decisions. Although tattoos may have seemed like a good idea at one time, many people change their mind over the years and reconsider the appropriateness of their ink, or even simply decide that they no longer like it. There are a number of tattoo concealers on the market for people who need to cover their tattoos for special occasions or for work, but if you are someone who is looking for a more permanent solution, you may wish to consider laser tattoo removal. We treat patients living in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington, and surrounding cities.
What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
It is estimated that close to 25 percent of the U.S. population has a tattoo. Eventually, as many as 50 percent of individuals with tattoos may want to have their tattoos removed.
At Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach, you can have your tattoo faded and removed through the use of laser technology with few side effects. Lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment colors with a high-intensity light beam. Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser lights, making it the easiest to treat. Other colors, such as red, can only absorb green laser light. The many other colors used in tattoos can only be treated by specific lasers, which are selected according to pigment color.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
During the procedure, pulsating light is focused on your tattoo. The laser works as the ink from your tattoo absorbs the light and is broken into small pieces. As the ink begins to break up, the particles are absorbed and eliminated safely through your body’s lymphatic system. Because the laser is focused only on your tattoo, your surrounding skin tissue is left untouched and undamaged. Laser tattoo removal is a gradual process that does require multiple sessions. On average, patients require four to eight sessions depending on the size and color of the tattoo. Large, dark tattoos may require more sessions, and small, lighter tattoos may require less.
What Can I Expect Following Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure, so no recovery time is necessary and you will be able to resume your normal daily activities immediately following each session. You may notice that the area that has been treated may appear lighter than the surrounding skin, but this symptom will usually go away on its own over the course of a few weeks or months. As your skin heals following each treatment, be sure to apply antibacterial ointment regularly and as directed by your doctor.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
We share pricing information during our initial consultation. No two patients require the same treatment plan and your pricing may vary based on the treatment area and other factors. To help ensure our patients can afford their cosmetic care we offer several financing options.
Some tattoos are more difficult to remove than others, so it is good to be realistic in your expectations. Prior to beginning your treatment at Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach, you will have the opportunity to meet with one of our board-certified surgeons to discuss your treatment plan and what you can expect during and after the process. If you are living in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington, Palm Springs or a nearby area, contact us today to schedule your consultation.