Many people regret certain tattoos they have on their body. It may be a name of someone they are no longer with or a tattoo that was poorly executed. Whatever the reason, if you have a tattoo you want eliminated, there is a solution. 4Beauty Aesthetic Institute for Plastic Surgery offers advanced laser procedures at our medical spa in Miami. Our aesthetic team, headed by our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mendieta, offers effective tattoo removal for all types of tattoos.
Am I a Candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal?
If you are unhappy with a tattoo on your arm, leg, back, face or anywhere on your body, you may be a candidate for laser tattoo removal. Laser skin treatments have significantly improved and advanced in recent years, resulting in better options for tattoo removal. Older laser treatments were limited in the colors they could remove from the skin and what skin types they could be used upon. Many lasers could not be used on darker skin types. Newer laser technology allows for more effective and quicker tattoo removal with less pain or recovery time.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
The ink used to create tattoos is separate from your skin cells. The ink stays in place, but it is still seen as a foreign substance by your body. The immune system constantly is trying to remove the ink, but the particles are too large. While tattoos fade with age and sun exposure over time, they do not completely go away on their own. Laser treatments help speed up the process of eliminating ink in a tattoo to restore normal skin color.
During a laser tattoo treatment, light energy is directed to the ink of the tattoo. The ink particles are heated and shattered into smaller pieces, making it easier for the immune system to grab these particles and eliminate them from the body. While older laser technology would require dozens of treatments to remove a tattoo, newer lasers can remove tattoos in less than half the time. Plus, the advanced laser technology is less painful and requires less downtime for an improved experience.
What to Expect During Tattoo Removal
The length of laser treatments and number of sessions it will take to remove a tattoo depends on multiple factors. The size, age, location, ink color/type, depth and many other factors impact laser tattoo removal. Dr. Mendieta and our aesthetics team at 4Beauty Aesthetic Institute for Plastic Surgery can perform a tattoo analysis to determine the best type of laser tattoo removal procedure. Some tattoos can be removed in a few sessions while others may take several or more sessions spaced a few weeks apart.
Recovery from laser skin treatments like tattoo removal is usually not needed. The skin may be swollen or tender after the session, but you should be able to return to your normal activities. Our aesthetic team will discuss aftercare for your skin and what to expect after your laser skin treatment during your consultation and at your tattoo removal appointment.
How Soon Will I See Results?
While laser tattoo removal is not an instant procedure, there is a remarkable difference even after one treatment. Each treatment will fade the tattoo further, and you will be closer to saying goodbye to your unwanted tattoo for good. In most cases, a tattoo will be completely gone in just a few months without any scarring or residual marks from your tattoo or treatment.
If you have a tattoo that is embarrassing or no longer is desirable for any reason, laser tattoo removal may be the solution. Call us at 4Beauty Aesthetic Institute for Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation to discuss laser tattoo removal at our medical spa in Miami.