Laser Tattoo Removal
The entire team at Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Laser Centre is focused on helping you look and feel your best. For some people, this involves removing a tattoo that no longer suits them. Drs. Burt and Will use advanced laser technology to significantly fade tattoos quickly and safely. The laser that our team uses is highly efficient on tattoos of nearly any color. Also, our team is extensively trained and avoids using shortcuts or cutting corners to produce results. There is no substitute for experience and technique.
More about Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal works by using high-intensity light to break up the pigment of the tattoo ink. It is able to accomplish this without harming the surrounding skin. Once the pigment has been broken up, the body naturally filters the particles out and the tattoo disappears.
Prior to treatment, a protective shield will be placed over your eyes, and the treatment area will be numbed with a topical anesthetic cream or an injection of local anesthetic. This will prevent you from feeling any pain during treatment.
The laser’s handpiece will be glided over the tattoo, emitting short bursts of high-intensity light. Attracted by the pigment of the tattoo ink, the laser light passes through the surface layers of the skin and is absorbed by the pigment. This step will be repeated until the entire tattoo has been treated. The less ink in the tattoo, the faster it will break down.
Finally, ice will be applied to the treatment area and an antibiotic cream may be applied, too.
Laser Tattoo Removal Candidates
Our leading laser technology allows us to effectively treat a diverse group of skin colors and tones. We can tailor our removal techniques to suit each individual and your unique tattoos. We can work with patients with previously treated tattoos, or tattoos that have not responded to other treatments or remedies.
If you are considering laser tattoo removal, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team to discuss treatment in more detail and outline a projected treatment plan.
FAQs about Laser Tattoo Removal
Is laser tattoo removal painful?
No, treatment will not be painful. Numbing medication (topical anesthesia cream or injections) will be administered so you remain comfortable during your treatment session.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
You may need anywhere from four to 10 treatment sessions, depending on the age, size and color of your tattoo. Ideally, treatment sessions should be spaced four to eight weeks apart. You should see results after each session, and your tattoo will gradually fade until it is hardly visible.
Are there any side effects of treatment?
You may have mild swelling and a sunburn-like sensation after a treatment session; however, these side effects will subside. In order to avoid any complications, it’s important to protect the treated area from the sun after a session.
Do certain colors break up faster than others?
Yes, black and gray pigments on fair to medium (untanned skin) are typically the most easily removed. The laser can be calibrated to specific wavelengths to target different pigments.
On the other hand, white or flesh-colored pigments are very difficult to break up, and may not respond to treatment at all.
Can you remove a tattoo that has been covered up by another tattoo?
Thickly inked tattoos and tattoos that have been covered up by other tattoos are more challenging. However, consultation is necessary to determine the specific course of action and discuss the projected results.
Learn More about Laser Tattoo Removal
If you would like more information about laser tattoo removal, please contact Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Laser Centre by calling 815-267-8830 or sending us an email to learn more about treatment.