What Kinds of Tattoos and Pigmented Lesions Can Be Treated?
A tattoo’s color, depth, and the chemical composition of the ink all affect how it responds to laser light. Black, red, dark orange, and dark blue tattoos will usually respond to relatively quickly to treatments with our system. However, green, purple, brown, light orange and light blue colors may require more treatments. In general, most tattoos can be successfully treated, given a sufficient number of treatments. A wide range of pigmented lesions can also be treated, including freckles, sunspots and brown-colored birthmarks.
Does it Hurt?
Since the laser light selectively targets the pigment, other tissues remain largely unaffected. Many people compare the sensation of the pulses entering the skin to the snap of a rubber band. Your physician can also offer a local anesthesia or prescribe anesthetic cream to be applied prior to treatment. .
What happens after treatment?
Immediately after laser exposure, the treated areas may become whitish-colored and swell slightly. This whiteness subsides in about 30 minutes. The swelling may last longer, but can be reduced by cooling the skin with an ice pack. The tattoo or pigmented lesion will fade over the next few weeks.
How long does it take?
Depending on the size, location and color of the tattoo or lesion, each treatment usually takes few minutes to 10 min. Most tattoos require five treatments or more. Treatments are spaced 6-8 weeks apart to give your body sufficient time to fully eliminated loosened particles of ink or pigment. We suggest to make a FREE consultation appointment to best answer your questions.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are rare. When side effects do occur, the are usually mild and confined to the treatment target. Dr. Popkow can provide you with complete details.
Care after tattoo removal treatment
- Keep the site covered with Bacitracin ointment (antibiotic ointment) for the first ten days.
- Keep it moist and do not let the area dry out or scab. Some swelling and blisters are expected.
- Do not pop or rupture any blisters.
- Please notify the physician if temperature is elevated or there is any signs of infection such as red swelling or puss or more pain.
- Cleanse the treated area daily by allowing shower water to flow over it and pat dry with towel.
- Avoid scratching the area and do not pick at the scabs.
- Sun sensitivity is increased following laser treatment. Use sunscreen SPF #30 or higher and reapply.
- The skin should heal normally in 10-14 days