If you’ve ever had regrets about a tattoo, you’re definitely not alone. Up to 20% of people with tattoos have considered removal according to a 2014 survey from Harris Interactive.
There’s no reason to feel ashamed about your desire to remove a tattoo. Body art is a choice many people make and can be enjoyable, but it can become less so for any number of reasons. Sometimes a tattoo bleeds or distorts over the years, losing the appeal it once had. You may have gone through a breakup or separation and wish to remove an old flame’s name from your skin. Amateur tattoos may have seemed like a good way to save money or help out a friend at the time, but you may not be happy with the results now. You may even want to join the military or advance in your career but are finding it difficult to do so due to the placement of your body art. Maybe you simply don’t like the tattoo anymore and would prefer it was no longer there.
Whatever your reason, tattoo removal is an available option, and it’s never been more effective. Tattoo removal with the Q-Switched Nd:YAG Alma Laser uses “next generation” technology to target specific pigments and break them up with high-energy light pulses. Once the ink has broken up, it can be absorbed and removed naturally through the body’s normal filtration processes. This treatment can be used on professional, amateur, cosmetic, and even traumatic tattoos. It works best on blue, black, red, green, and yellow inks.
Every patient is unique and treatment options will vary from person to person. The number of treatments necessary for removal will depend on the size, color, and location of the tattoo. It’s important to note that complete removal may not be possible, but the appearance of the ink will be significantly lessened. The procedure is non-surgical and requires no anesthetic, though a topical anesthetic may be applied for sensitive areas. Dr. Silberg offers free consultations for new patients and will be happy to discuss the details of the procedure, a specific treatment plan, and what you can expect after the treatments are complete. Call now to book your appointment!