About Laser Tattoo Removal
You may have a number of reasons why you no longer want your tattoo. Perhaps it resembles a difficult memory or maybe it has lost color or just doesn't represent who you are anymore. Regardless of the reason, advancements in tattoo removal equipment have helped make it feasible to lighten and maybe even eliminate the unwanted tattoo completely. At Aesthetic Revolution Las Vegas in Nevada, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Edward M. Zimmerman offers laser tattoo removal with the Lumenis PiQo4 system. The laser device has proven to produce better results than traditional tattoo removal technologies and could necessitate fewer treatments. If you are interested in learning more, please contact our office to schedule a private consultation.
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There's a number of considerations which could improve the success of your tattoo removal. Fitting candidates for laser tattoo removal:
- Have a strong immune system. This improves the body’s ability to break down and eliminate the ink properties.
- Are in overall good health. Smoking and eating an unhealthy diet limit the body's immune system from working at max efficiency.
- Have deep differences between the ink color and the skin color. The greater the contrast, the greater the result.
- Have older tattoos. The older a tattoo is, the better it will respond to treatment.
As soon as Dr. Z determines that your skin is ideal for tattoo removal treatment, the tattoo will be prepared with a deep cleansing and an application of a topical anesthetic. Dr. Z will begin by passing the applicator over the tattooed skin as it releases energy and pulsing laser light. The time it takes to complete the procedure varies and depends on the type and size of the treatment area. In certain situations, the tattoo may require multiple sessions before obvious results are seen. These factors will all be discussed at your consultation.
What to Expect
Following each session, a topical cream will be applied to the treatment area along with bandages to protect the area. You may notice redness, sensitivity, and swelling. You could also feel like you have a sunburn and experience minor scabbing. It's important to adhere to aftercare instructions carefully to speed up the recovery process. Once the skin is ready, you can schedule your next treatment session. Dr. Z recommends scheduling treatments more than 4 – 7 weeks apart.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
The cost of your tattoo removal will depend on the number of treatments needed and areas being addressed. Each patient case is unique and some patients require more sessions, while others may only need a few. During your private consultation, we can discuss the estimated cost of your treatment and help you find low-interest medical financing to make your care more affordable.
What are the side effects of laser tattoo removal?
Some patients experience redness, swelling, tenderness, crusting, sunburn sensation, or itching immediately after their treatment. Dr. Z will discuss your treatment plan and explain what can be expected from your procedure.
Why do I need so many laser tattoo removal sessions?
Size, color, location, and the age of the tattoo determine the number of treatments necessary to effectively remove the tattoo. During your consultation, the treatment regimen will be reviewed and any questions regarding the number of estimated sessions will be provided at that time.
When will I see results?
The results and appearance of the tattoo vary from patient to patient. After each treatment session, you will see the tattoo become lighter. Due to the various types of inks used in tattooing, the results and the number of treatments may vary. Typically, multiple treatments will be required and are scheduled 2 – 4 weeks apart.
Are there any alternatives to laser tattoo removal?
Laser tattoo removal is the safest and quickest option to keep your skin intact and to effectively diminish the appearance of body art. In some cases, dermabrasion or microneedling may also be used as part of your treatment plan to aid in the removal process and to help maintain the health of your skin.
Remove the Past
Body art is often gorgeous and exciting as a glimpse of our identity and self-image. However, when we have a tattoo we don't like any longer, the idea of its permanence on the body can be tough to cope with. At Aesthetic Revolution Las Vegas, we understand and wish to provide an answer. We utilize state-of-the-art tattoo removal technology that provides exciting results for women and men. If you have a tattoo you want gone, or if you want to know more about laser tattoo removal, we invite you to contact our office at your earliest convenience. We look forward to speaking with you.