TATTOO REGRET? If you even casually consider improving your appearance with laser tattoo or pigmented lesions removal, Dr. Hochman would like to give you answers to your questions and help you realize your dreams. Tattoos are now considered fashionable for both men and women. In fact, there are different types of tattoo inks being used, some permanent, others temporary. Before the use of lasers tattoo removal was virtually impossible, now, thanks to advances in technology, surgeons can successfully use lasers.
Pigmented lesions, birthmarks, brown spots, and age spots are created from an excessive concentration of melanin in the skin. Melanin is what gives our skin its color and everyone has a different amount. The doctor will evaluate your skin and inform you of the specific type of skin lesion. High melanin concentrations can be caused by various factors. Some types are present at birth, but most occur with age or from overexposure to the sun’s damaging rays.
The most commonly treated conditions are solar lentigines (also known as age spots, liver spots or sun spots), café au lait birthmarks, and freckles. These benign pigmented lesions are caused by excess pigment in the skin, usually from sunlight exposure and congenital factors. Age spots may appear as enlarged light freckles on the face and hands. Café au lait birthmarks may appear as light brown markings anywhere on the body and can be quite large.
The degree of tattoo removal is unpredictable because it is virtually impossible to determine which of the more than 100 tattoo ink variants have been used. Basically, tattoos are intended to be permanent skin markings which is why removal is fairly difficult and until a few years ago almost impossible. Some considerations that come into play include the age of the tattoo, degree of color variations remaining, size, location, what type of tattoo application method was used, and the ability of the person to heal. In this context it is important to remember that newer tattoo variants are comparatively more difficult to remove than older ones. The works of experienced artists are also easier to remove because they are capable of injecting consistent levels of ink to the skin.
With tattoo removal and pigmented lesions services, the laser used normally has a single wavelength of light to the broad spectrum of light which is capable or removing the tattoo ink or pigmented skin without damaging surrounding skin layers. You must keep in mind that the importance of having a qualified, experienced physician like Dr. Hochman is paramount, simply because lasers can cause unspeakable damage not only on the top layer of the skin but in the succeeding layers if not properly calibrated for use.
Ideally, the best candidates for tattoo and lesion removal are fair skinned individuals who have them on the chest, legs, arms, and buttocks among others. Tattoos and lesions on the fingers, ankles, and other body parts with relatively less fat as well as on dark skinned individuals prove to be more difficult to remove. This is the reason why it is so important to have a consultation.
- The next step is to prepare a budget for the procedure. Tattoo and pigmented lesion removal services are considered affordable considering that they have one of the best doctors in the industry, the Southeast’s highly-acclaimed Dr. Hochman, in terms of successful removal. However, it is important to get an accurate quote because you must understand that there can be instances wherein multiple treatments may be required to completely remove them. So you may have saved some money by having an amateur do your tattoo, but eventually you are going to pay more once you decide to have it removed.
- Once you decide to go through with the removal, your next step is to prepare for the scheduled date as well as what to do after the procedure. Basically, you can ask your doctor what to expect so that you can prepare in advance for the things you need including any medication you may need to take. As stated earlier, tattoo and lesion removal procedures can cover multiple sessions if necessary to completely remove them on your skin. This means that there is a possibility that your skin will be irritated and numb after the procedure. It is best to prepare some type of anti-inflammatory and pain killer medications just as a precaution for what you may potentially experience afterwards. It is entirely possible that the skin on the target area may become tender and even scab right after every removal session. In general, one complete tattoo normally spans anywhere from four to eight weeks depending on the complexity and size. Whereas complex lesion removal may not require as many sessions.
Technology behind your tattoo and pigmented lesion removal
Essentially what the laser does during the removal is emit very short pulses which are in the form of light flashes. It is possible that every flash can cause some degree of discomfort on your skin. It is used to disperse the pigment on your skin by allowing ink and lesion fragments to be absorbed naturally into the skin. Understanding this entire process and the chances of having a complete removal will eventually help you decide whether you want to go on with the procedure or not.