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How Does Tattoo Removal Work?

As many as 25% of men and women with tattoos have one they’d rather forget. It could be the result of a youthful indiscretion now seen as reckless or shortsighted, a spur-of-the-moment move after a night of revelry, or a poignant sign of affection during a relationship that has run its course. Whatever your reason for wanting a tattoo removed, it’s valid.

At NeoSculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center in Abilene, Texas, Dr. Nikunj Patel offers Quanta Q-Plus C laser tattoo removal to delete unwanted ink from your skin and give you a clean slate of skin. 

How laser tattoo removal works

Dr. Patel uses the Quanta Q-Plus C laser to remove tattoos. The system has three laser wavelengths that create energy that turns into heat when it hits tattoo ink. The targeted ink particles heat up just enough to disrupt them, turning them into a substance your body recognizes as natural waste. Your body’s lymphatic system then absorbs and eliminates the ink particles. 

Kinds of tattoos that can be removed

This type of laser is most effective on black and blue inks. Red, orange, and purple tattoos can also be treated effectively. Green and light-colored inks are typically the hardest to remove, and may take more sessions. Each layer of ink goes into a different layer of skin, so the laser treatments target each layer separately.

Number of treatments required

Large, dense, or multicolored tattoos can take multiple treatments with the Quanta Q-Plus C laser system to allow your skin a resting period. Factors that affect the number of sessions required include the age of your tattoo, where it is located on your body, the ink colors, and the density of the ink particles. 

Safety of laser tattoo removal

Dr. Patel believes in a conservative approach to laser tattoo removal that spaces out treatment in short sessions about six to eight weeks apart. This allows the skin layers to completely recover between sessions, and provides stubborn tattoos with repeated laser exposure to break down deeply placed or heavily layered inks. This is the safest way to remove your unwanted tattoo while keeping your deeper skin cells healthy.  

After laser tattoo removal sessions, you can use ice packs if there are any lingering warm sensations or tingling. You’ll need to avoid direct sunlight for a few days after each session. Your practitioner can give you a numbing or cooling cream if you are experiencing any discomfort during or after treatments. 

Are you ready to begin laser tattoo removal? Call NeoSculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center at 325-305-7976 to schedule an appointment or request a consultation online today.

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