It is not uncommon to regret a past tattoo. Perhaps you are unhappy with the quality of the work. Maybe you have a tattoo of something that is no longer emotionally significant to you. In other cases, a tattoo may simply no longer suit your tastes. Whatever the reason for your dissatisfaction, Dr. David Passaretti can provide effective laser tattoo removal at his Darien, CT, practice.
Our high-powered laser will break up ink molecules so that your body can easily absorb them. The treatment involves minimal discomfort and a relatively quick recovery time. It is important to note, however, that you will require multiple treatments to completely remove your tattoo.
If you are displeased with your tattoo, you are likely a candidate for laser tattoo removal. The treatment may be especially appropriate if you have tried other methods of removal without success. Other approaches include topical creams, which will not fully eradicate a tattoo. Excision is another option, but it will leave a scar.
To qualify for laser treatment, you should have healthy skin with no serious disease or infection. Note that laser tattoo removal is typically most effective for fair-skinned patients with black tattoos. You can still receive treatment if you have dark skin or a colored tattoo, but you will likely require additional rounds of treatment.
During your treatment, Dr. Passaretti will place a small handpiece against the surface of your skin and then activate the laser. The laser will emit pulses to break apart molecules of ink. Treatment involves very little discomfort; many patients say that each pulse feels like a rubber band lightly hitting their skin. Treatment may range from 15 to 45 minutes per session.
Dr. Passaretti’s care can dramatically lighten ink so that your tattoo is barely noticeable. Additionally, thanks to cutting-edge laser technology, there is minimal risk of scarring.
The number of treatments you require will depend on the size and color of your tattoo. Different lasers target different colors. Therefore, Dr. Passaretti will need to perform an additional treatment for each shade in your tattoo. On average, you will require six to 12 rounds of treatment, spaced over the course of several months to a year. Particularly difficult tattoos may require 15 to 20 treatments.
After your laser treatment, you may experience mild irritation, blistering, itching, scabs, bruising, and bleeding. However, these side effects will typically subside within a week or two. Your skin, or the tattoo itself, may darken before it starts to fade. Permanent side effects are unusual, especially if you follow proper post-treatment protocol.
To prevent discomfort, Dr. Passaretti will apply ice packs immediately after the procedure. He will also provide a topical cream to ease inflammation and stimulate healing. It is very important that you protect the treatment area from direct sun exposure. Typically, you will wear a bandage for a few days, and you should use plenty of sunblock in the weeks that follow.
Your tattoo may start to fade right after your first round of treatment. In other cases, you will not notice a big difference until you have had several rounds of laser therapy. It is important to be aware that in some cases, the laser will not fully eradicate your tattoo. This is especially true if you have a large tattoo or one with many colors. However, even in these instances, Dr. Passaretti can dramatically lighten ink so that your tattoo is barely noticeable. Additionally, thanks to cutting-edge laser technology, there is minimal risk of scarring.
To learn more about laser tattoo removal and what you can expect from treatment, contact Dr. Passaretti’s office today.
Although tattoos are permanent, today's advanced technology paired with the doctor's expertise can significantly diminish or entirely remove them.