About Laser Tattoo Removal
There may be many reasons why you no longer want a tattoo. Maybe it resembles a painful memory. Maybe it has faded over time or it no longer represents who you are as an individual. Regardless of the reason, advancements in tattoo removal technology have made it possible to lighten and potentially remove the undesired tattoo completely. At Legacy Dermatology & Restoration Center in Frisco, TX, Dr. Farid Dharamsi offers tattoo removal with Cutera Enlighten, a high-tech laser system. The Enlighten device is known to yield better results than traditional tattoo removal systems and could require fewer treatments. If you are interested in learning more about our laser technology and the benefits when used for tattoo removal, we invite you to visit our facility for a consultation.
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Tattoo Removal Candidates
There are several factors that could increase the success of your tattoo removal. The best candidates for this procedure:
- Have strong immune systems. A strong immune system improves the body’s ability to dispose of the broken down ink properties.
- Are in good overall health. Not smoking and eating a well-balanced diet aid the body’s immune system in working at full capacity.
- Have a deep contrast between the color of the ink and the pigment of the skin. Greater contrasts yield greater results.
- Have tattoos that are several years old. Older tattoos have a tendency to respond better to laser removal treatment.
Tattoo Removal Technique
Once Dr. Dharamsi decides that you are an ideal candidate for laser tattoo removal, the treatment area will be cleaned thoroughly and numbed with an application of a topical anesthetic. Dr. Dharamsi will then pass the Cutera Enlighten handpiece over the surface of the skin as it emits energy and pulsing laser light. The treatment time can vary, depending on the type and size of the tattoo. Sometimes, the tattoo will require a number of treatments before noticeable results can be seen. This will all be discussed with you at your consultation with Dr. Dharamsi. If you have any specific concerns or fears, please be candid at this time so that Dr. Dharamsi can put your fears to rest.
Tattoo Removal What to Expect
Following each treatment, an ointment will be applied to the treatment area along with bandages to protect the area. You might experience redness, sensitivity, and swelling for a few days as the treated area begins to peel. Most patients equate their discomfort to that of a sunburn, followed by scabbing. It is important to follow aftercare instructions precisely to expedite the healing process. After the skin has healed, you can schedule your next treatment session. Dr. Dharamsi recommends scheduling treatments at least 8 – 12 weeks apart to allow the treatment site time to heal.
Tattoo Removal FAQs
How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
The cost of your tattoo removal treatment plan will depend on the number of treatments needed and the size of the tattoo being removed. As each patient and tattoo is different, some patients require more sessions than others. During your private consultation at our Frisco, TX office, we can discuss the estimated cost of your treatment plan before explaining your options for payment.
What are the side effects of laser tattoo removal?
Side effects following laser tattoo removal include discomfort, tenderness, swelling, redness, and itching. The sensation felt after treatment can be likened to a deep sunburn. Following proper aftercare protocols will help you find relief from discomfort and expedite your healing process.
Why do I need so many laser tattoo removal sessions?
The size, location, and pigment of your tattoo dictate the number of treatments that will likely be needed to remove the art. When you meet with Dr. Dharamsi for your consultation, she will be better able to estimate the approximate number of treatments that will be needed for your unique tattoo.
When will I see results?
Results following laser tattoo removal vary from one patient to the next. You will notice your tattoo lightening more with each session, but due to a wide variety of contributing factors, we cannot determine exactly when you will see the full results of the treatment. Generally speaking, you will need to have multiple treatments scheduled 8 – 12 weeks apart before seeing results.
Are there any alternatives to laser tattoo removal?
Microneedling and dermabrasion can help reduce the appearance of tattoos, but laser tattoo removal remains the safest and most effective option to diminish the appearance of body art. Ask Dr. Dharamsi if she believes you would benefit from including these procedures in your treatment plan for optimal results.
Remove the Past
Tattoos can be gorgeous and mesmerizing as a glimpse of our identity and self-image. But when we have a tattoo we don't like any longer, the thought of it being a permanent fixture on the body can be daunting. At Legacy Dermatology & Restoration Center, we understand and want to offer a solution. We use Cutera Enlighten, a state-of-the-art tattoo removal system that provides exciting results to women and men all over the country. If you have a tattoo that you wish was no longer there or if you have questions about the removal process, we encourage you to reach out to our office today. We cannot wait to speak with you.