What to Expect on the Day of Laser Tattoo Removal Surgery
During the tattoo removal process, after you are comfortable and relaxed, the laser handpiece is held above the treatment region and pulses of laser energy are directed into the skin. The laser targets the pigment without damaging the surrounding skin, and the remaining particles are removed by the body’s immune system.
Some patients might experience slight discomfort if they have sensitive skin. Since the laser pulses create a mild stinging sensation, that feels similar to bacon grease splatter.
Tattoo Removal Recovery
After laser tattoo removal, the treated skin appears white and gradually turns red. Little to no downtime/recovery time is required, though social downtime may be needed depending on the tattoo’s location. For an improved recovery time, the treated area must be kept moist and away from the sun.
For the best possible results, multiple treatment sessions are required. The exact number of sessions required will depend on the age, depth, complexity, and size of the tattoo. While amateur tattoos can be removed with fewer treatments, professional ones are challenging and require time to effectively remove them.
Laser tattoo removal sessions are done in intervals (generally spaced eight to twelve weeks apart) to allow the zone to heal.