Tattoo Removal in Brandon, FL
How Does Tattoo Removal Work?
We use Q-switched technology to remove unwanted tattoos. The dual wavelength laser targets specific ink colors which get broken down into tiny particles. These tiny particles are small enough, so the body’s own natural immune system can flush them away. Unwanted body art/ink can now be removed.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tattoo Removal Treatments
How many treatments will I need?
There are many variables that determine how many treatments you will need. The age of the tattoo, the colors of the ink used, the density of the ink, the location of the tattoo, whether it was professionally done, and your body’s own immune system are some of the many variables. Most tattoos require 5-10 treatments. The Kirby-Desai scale can help with estimated number of treatments needed.
Will I have downtime?
The most common side effects are redness, scabbing, blistering, temporary lightening or darkening of the skin and the amount of time these symptoms last varies on the area being treated and the colors of the tattoo being treated. The body’s immune system and lymphatic system will flush out the particles broken up by the laser. It is important to pick at scabs, do not pop blisters and do not apply any topical medication unless cleared by our staff.
Will the treatment hurt?
Most patients find treatment to feel like a little rubber band snapping on the skin. To control the discomfort, we use topical numbing cream and ice and can even inject local numbing to provide more comfort.
Will the tattoo completely disappear?
It is important to know that some ink colors are difficult to clear, and it is typically the lighter colors that impact the overall results.
What should I do before my treatment?
It is very important to follow some basic instructions for before and after care.
1. Stay out of the sun and tanning beds for at least for 2 weeks or longer depending on how long you keep a tan after sun or tanning bed exposure.
2. Avoid self- tanners or bronzers.
3. Do not do peels or have topical medications or procedures (areas frozen by dermatologist or topical medications) for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment (depending on the area being treated).
4.Avoid medications that your skin more sensitive such as aspirin, NSAIDs(anti-inflammatories), skin care products with alpha-hydroxy acids(AHA’s), and some antibiotics.
What should I do after my treatment?
- Avoid all sun or tanning bed.
- Avoid hot saunas or hot tubs immediately after treatment
- Avoid exfoliating the area treated and keep from putting creams and lotions not cleared by your healthcare practitioner.
- You can use ice to cool off the area treated and if instructed you may use a steroid cream to the affected area.
How far apart are treatments?
Typically, treatments are scheduled are 4-8 weeks apart and the time depends on the area being treated.