Laser Tattoo Removal Cancer Risk: Is It Worth It?
The Benefits and Risks of Laser Tattoo Removal
What Are The Effects Of Laser Tattoo Removal On Your Body?
How Long Does It Take To Get Results From A Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment?
Are There Any Side Effects That You Should Be Aware Of When Using A Laser Tattoo Remover?
Is It Safe For People With Certain Medical Conditions?
Are There Any Other Alternatives To Laser Tattoo Removal?
Can I Return To Work Or Go Back To My Normal Routine Right After A Laser Tattoo Removal Session?
What If I Need To Take A Bath Or Shower After The Procedure?
What If I End Up Not Liking The Result?
What Happens If You Miss Part Of The Tattoo During A Laser Tattoo Removal Session?
Can I Go Swimming Or Take A Shower After A Laser Tattoo Removal Session?
Does The Location Of The Tattoo Affect How The Laser Will Affect It?
Is The Laser Painful During The Procedure?
Does It Hurt Much When The Laser Hums?
The procedure is not at all painful. The laser zaps your tattoo, which is then destroyed by the energy. Some patients say it tickles, while others describe it as burning.
Does It Hurt?
These are some of the most common questions that we get from people interested in laser tattoo removal. As with any surgery or treatment for that matter, there are benefits and risks. It is important that you educate yourself before making a decision about whether or not you will have this treatment. We will address the benefits and risks here.
What are the benefits of laser tattoo removal?
Depending on why you want the tattoo removed, this may be a good option for you. Getting a tattoo removed can be painful and very expensive with normal methods. Many times the traditional methods of tattoo removal, such as laser removals, cost thousands of dollars. With a tattoo laser, you can remove your tattoo for a lower cost and less pain.
What are the risks?
With any laser treatment on your skin there is always a risk of infection. Other risks include changes in skin pigmentation or scarring. These are all things that your physician will go over with you before your first treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Most people do not experience any side effects. In some cases the skin may be slightly red or irritated after treatment. Again, this will be explained to you before your first treatment.
Is it safe for people with certain medical conditions?
The only people that this treatment may not be safe for are those who have a pacemaker. If you have a pacemaker, speak to your physician before treatment.
How long does it take to get results?
You should start to see results after the first session. However, it can take up to a couple of sessions before you see a dramatic change in the tattoo.
What other alternative methods are there?
If you do not consider laser therapy, there are other traditional methods of removing a tattoo. The most common method is using dermabrasion. This method uses sand paper like crystals to sand down your skin. It can be very painful and very expensive.
Does it hurt?
Most people say that it is very painful. It really depends on your pain threshold and the tattoo itself. Darker colored tattoos tend to be more painful to remove than say a green tattoo.
How long does the treatment take and how many treatments will I need?
This all depends on the size and color of the tattoo. Smaller tattoos can be treated within a matter of minutes. Reds and whites tend to take a little longer. It isnt a real long treatment though, most patients feel like it is an inconvenience more than anything else.
Does it work on all colors?
Yes, the laser will remove or fade any color. It all just depends on how many sessions you will need and if you have any healing complications.
Is it safe for people with heart conditions or pacemakers?
No, the laser can interfere with the performance of a pacemaker. Also, people with certain types of heart conditions should not undergo treatment. If you are unsure, always consult your physician before treatment.
Am I a good candidate for laser tattoo removal?
It depends on the size and color of your tattoo and your pain threshold.
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