It’s a common misconception that getting a tattoo removed is painful and damaging. Many believe that it may not even work completely, too. While that can be the case with some tattoo removal methods, the team at Carolinas Center for Plastic Surgery has the technology and know-how to deliver great results.
If you’re interested in permanent tattoo removal, here’s an idea of what you can expect.
The 5 Steps of Laser Tattoo Removal
Step #1: Set Up a Consultation
Before getting a tattoo removed, you’ll need to meet Dr. Klainer first. Dr. Klainer is a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience, so you can trust that you’re in good hands.
It’s important for the doctor to see your tattoo in person to determine how many treatments will be needed and how much the procedure will cost. Even though laser tattoo removal works for all skin types, tattoo colors, and sizes, these characteristics can still affect how long the process will take.
You should also make sure you really want the tattoo removed before moving forward. The procedure cannot be reversed once the process is complete.
Step #2: The First Treatment
Dr. Klainer uses the PicoSure® Laser System to remove all tattoos. It works by applying PressureWave™ technology to break up the tattoo’s microscopic particles. Those particles are then naturally, safely absorbed into your body.
PicoSure® uses less heat than most other removal methods, which helps prevent damage to the skin surrounding your tattoo. Less heat also means less discomfort during the procedure, and a numbing cream will be applied to help keep you comfortable.
Step #3: Follow-Up Treatments
After about 8 to 10 weeks have gone by since the initial laser treatment, it’ll be time for you to come back in for the follow-up treatments. Most tattoos require anywhere from 4 to 10 treatments in total to ensure effectiveness. Keep in mind that each treatment only lasts about 10 minutes, so you’ll be in and out before you know it.
Afterward, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers, as long as your doctor confirms it is safe for you to do so.
Step #4: Recovering
Once the PicoSure® treatment is over, you’ll likely be able to resume normal activities that same day. The skin around your tattoo may be a little more sensitive than usual, so you should try to wear sunscreen to help protect it. When all the treatments are completed, you’ll be left with a clean, blank canvas.
Step #5: Enjoy a Fresh Start
After your treatments are complete, all that’s left to do is enjoy life without that tattoo you no longer desired. If you think the PicoSure® system is right for you, seek out tattoo removal in Jacksonville, North Carolina at Carolinas Center for Plastic Surgery today.