The entire procedure is actually relatively simple. First of all, protective eye shields will be placed on your eyes. This is followed by a series of tests which will determine which energy level is most appropriate for your skin. Once this initial process is finished, the treatment will begin when a hand piece is placed against the surface of your skin, and the device’s laser light is activated.
The actual laser treatment itself involves the application of bursts of light onto the surface of your skin. Most patients describe each pulse as somewhat similar to having your skin snapped at by a rubber band. For those with rough skin, this won’t really be a problem, but if you have very sensitive skin then you could potentially experience more pain. So even though most patients don’t really require any anesthesia, some minor pain killers may be used if your pain threshold is very low.
Since each treatment only removes a certain layer of the tattoo of your skin, the whole procedure involves making your skin progressively lighter and lighter until the entire tattoo is no longer visible on your skin. Although this may all sound very simple, it’s also worth remembering that laser tattoo removal usually requires two to four treatments in order to fully remove even a relatively small tattoo, whereas large tattoos with very strong colors may require more than four visits in order to fully remove.
Furthermore, laser tattoo removal treatments vary from patient to patient, depending on their age, size, the color of their skin as well as the depth of the tattoo pigments . So before you do decide to get laser tattoo removal, be sure to get a consultation first, in order to get all of the necessary details about your treatment.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that if you experience pain or discomfort after each treatment, putting an ice pack onto the affected area can help soothe some of your discomfort. You may also be asked to apply some antibiotic cream or ointment on your skin to help it heal. As for protection, a bandage or patch may also be used to protect the treated area from the sun or irritation.