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|Before & After
Tattoos have become part a more apparent part of American mainstream culture than ever before. Recent studies show that over 10 million Americans have at least one tattoo, and close to 4,000 tattoo studios currently operate in the United States. The other side of the story is that most people who get tattoos later regret them. Conservative estimates are that almost 50 percent of all people who get tattoos decide to remove them at some point. For many years, painful, invasive surgeries were the only recourse for tattoo removal. But that's all changing. Today, lasers are the safest and most effective method of removing most tattoos. Most patients can expect excellent results!
At Doctors in Orange County California Laser and Cosmetic Center, we use the most technologically advanced lasers. Currently, the state of the art is the VERSAPULSE C with Help-G laser. Of course, when technology moves forward and a new and thoroughly tested and effective laser comes forward, we will employ it. It is important that you discuss your specific condition with one of our doctors. In any medical matter, a patient doctor meeting and conversation is considered essential. Please set up a free, no- obligation consultation today.
Will the tattoo disappear completely?
Often times it will. Under optimum conditions, up to 97% of the fading of the tattoo can be accomplished. However, since we do not know the exact specifics on the ink used, how deep the ink is below the skin, and how much was used, it is impossible to predict the exact degree of removal of any specific tattoo. Some ink colors respond better than others. Dark blue/ black inks typically respond and fade very well. Purple and orange inks also fade very well. Green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove.
Is laser tattoo removal painful?
Most patients do not find the procedure painful and the majority do not require any type of anesthesia. But a topical or local anesthetic may be used to minimize any discomfort. Some people describe the procedure as similar to having tiny specs of hot bacon grease on the skin or perhaps as if being snapped a bit by a very thin rubber band.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
This is a difficult question to answer specifically since every patient is a bit different. However, between 3 to 12 treatments, at about one month intervals, will be necessary. The number of treatments depends on many variables, type of ink used, depth of the ink under the skin and the patient's skin type and condition. It is rare that more than 8 treatments are necessary. The procedure itself takes from about 15 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo and the location.
What happens after the treatment (s)?
An anti-bacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied. The dressing will need to be there for 24 hours. There may be a small amount of bleeding. You will be able to take a shower the next day.