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Tattoo Removal Q&A

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Q: How does tattoo removal work?

A: The principle at work is called thermolysis. A variety of lasers are used, targeting the dye or the carbon particles contained within the tattoos. This minimizes damage on the skin while destroying the foreign pigment.

Q: Is the procedure painful?

A: Quite likely, although this will depend upon your pain threshold. For more painful procedures, however, a local anesthesia will be applied to reduce discomfort.

Q: What are possible side-effects from the procedure?

A: Temporary or permanent change in skin color of the treated region can occur, especially following exposure to the sun. This is due to the melanin, which controls skin color, absorbing the lasers.

Q: Will I require multiple treatments?

A: Yes. Tattoo removal is performed over multiple sessions, performed in 4 to 8 week intervals. Lightening of tattoos will often take some time, and it isn’t uncommon for the tattoo to slowly lighten over months following the final treatment.

Q: What can I expect post treatment?

A: Immediate swelling and blistering is common following treatment, but will only last for a day or two. Crusts and scabs will often form afterwards, lasting up to 14 days. During this time, proper wound care will be required. Antibiotic treatment is common, and proper care should be taken to avoid exposure to the sun, and medication may be prescribed for pain and swelling. It can take 4 to 8 weeks for the treatment to take full effect, during which the tattoo will continue to become lighter.

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