We all make mistakes, but a tattoo doesn’t have to be one that stays with you for the rest of your life. No matter what prompts you to get rid of your tattoo, Dr. David Singh at Elysium Aesthetics and Vein Care can help you with laser tattoo removal treatment at his Paramus, New Jersey office. No matter the size, color, or depth of the ink, he can outline a treatment plan for your tattoo and effectively remove it without damaging your skin. To schedule a consultation and have your tattoo evaluated, call or use the online booking tool today.
Laser tattoo removal has emerged as the gold standard for erasing a tattoo that you no longer want. The laser works by targeting ink particles and breaking them up into smaller pieces that can be flushed out naturally via your body’s lymphatic elimination system.
Before your tattoo removal session, Dr. Singh applies a numbing cream or injects lidocaine to the treatment area. He then cleans the area and initiates treatment. Depending on your tattoo’s colors, he starts by targeting the darker colors first — blacks, blues, and greens — and addresses lighter colors — reds, oranges, and yellows — later on.
Dr. Singh uses the PicoSure® laser by Cynosure® with customizable settings for effective laser tattoo removal. The high-powered laser works well on light- and dark-colored tattoos.
Typically, laser tattoo removal can be a bit painful. The pain of having laser tattoo removal treatment with the PicoSure laser is similar to the sensation of getting a tattoo. However, for most patients, laser tattoo removal isn’t as painful as they initially expect.
Since laser tattoo removal treatment is an ongoing process that requires multiple treatment sessions, you should take good care of your skin between sessions to help limit pain.
A typical treatment session for an average-sized tattoo with the PicoSure laser takes about 10 minutes. However, treatment time can be longer with larger, more complex tattoos.
The number of sessions required depends on several factors, including the size of your tattoo, the depth of the ink, and the colors.
The creativity of today’s tattoo artists in achieving different shades of colors can make treatment slightly more challenging. For instance, while the color black is traditionally treated with a specific wavelength for elimination, today’s “black” may incorporate some red and blue in it.
You will likely need multiple sessions — typically five to eight — to achieve optimal results. Treatment sessions are often spaced six weeks apart. That gives the treated area time to heal and the tattoo time to fade in between sessions.
After your tattoo session, the recovery period is similar to when you got your tattoo. You should keep the treatment area moist with a protective ointment and cover it. Change the dressing frequently to keep the area clean and reduce the risk of infection.
Never pick at scabs that form; allow them to heal naturally. The tissue needs to be fully healed before your next session. It’s also essential to minimize exposure to sunlight while you heal.
With the PicoSure laser system, you can expect improved recovery time and excellent tattoo removal results.
To schedule a consultation to have your tattoo evaluated, call or use the online booking tool today.