A Permanent Solution
SPECTRA Laser Tattoo Removal uses laser energy to significantly lighten or completely remove your tattoo. Ink particles are targeted by the laser energy and broken into small fragments that your body can absorb. Tattoo ink is heavily deposited deep into your skin, and as a result in order to completely remove the tattoo, multiple treatments are required.
Some patients say they feel stinging, like the snap of a rubber band on the skin. Some patients do not require anesthetics. However, most patients feel more comfortable with a local numbing agent, such a topical anesthetic. Your physician will apply the numbing agent and once it is working, treatment will commence. Application of laser energy to the target tissue results in a whitish color change in the treated areas.
Will my tattoo be completely removed?
No two tattoos are alike; they vary in the type of ink used, colors, and depth of application. Black and red inks are generally the easiest to remove; blues and greens are moderate, while light colors such as yellow tend to be the hardest. Your laser technician will be able to tell you what type of results you can expect.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required for optimal results depends on the size, location, depth and color of the tattoo. Treatments should be performed 4 – 8 weeks apart in order to allow your body to remove the tattoo ink fragments.
As you body heals after each session you will notice your tattoo lightening; depending on the colors and ink used, many patients see a complete removal of the ink.
How long are the treatments?
Each session usually takes 10 – 30 minutes and will depend on the size of the tattoo. However, if your laser technician applies a numbing agent before hand, there will be extra time waiting for it to work.
Is there any downtime?
With no downtime and minimal side effects, you may immediately return to your daily activities.
Does it hurt?
The majority of patients report no pain. Most patients experience slight warming of their skin and a light prickling feeling. No anesthesia is needed.