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Tackling 4 Laser Tattoo Removal Myths

Published on May 15, 2019 by
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In the past, tattoos were considered permanent changes that we had to live with for the rest of our lives. Nowadays, we’re fortunate enough to have the technology, such as PicoSure laser tattoo removal, that allows us to remove tattoos we no longer want. While laser tattoo removal is a safe and tested procedure, there are some myths that might make you prematurely wary about the process. At Carolinas Center for Plastic Surgery, we’re here to set the record straight. Read our analysis below where we fact-check some of the most common laser tattoo removal myths.

Laser Tattoo Removal: Fact vs. Fiction

Myth: Laser tattoo removal is very painful

Anything involving lasers might sound intimidating, but in truth, the process is not as bad as you may be led to believe. Specialists removing the tattoo will often use a numbing or cooling agent to treat the area prior to the procedure. You may feel a slight burning or tingling sensation, but the pain is not unmanageable.

Myth: Laser tattoo removal is an instant remedy

A tattoo requires several laser treatments (four to eight) before it is fully gone, especially if there is a lot of color. The first session will fade the ink, but a few follow-ups are needed to fully remove the entire tattoo.

Myth: Laser tattoo removal leaves major scars

Lasers in the past have reportedly left scars when removing tattoos. Nowadays, technology has been enhanced to the point that scarring is extremely minimal and possibly nonexistent, depending on the tattoo.

Myth: Creams work as well as lasers to remove tattoos

There are numerous creams and lotions on the market that are advertised as tattoo removal solutions. They may cause the ink to fade, but laser removal is the best way to penetrate the layers of the skin and eliminate the foundations of the tattoo.

Discuss Laser Tattoo Removal With a Physician Today

Why wait to have your tattoo removed? Request an appointment for laser tattoo removal with Carolinas Center for Plastic Surgery and see how we can help you restore your skin.
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