Tattoos are a trend that’s here to stay, but sometimes their permanence is a problem. No matter your reasons for wanting to conceal your body art, the team at All Island Dermatology in Garden City and Glen Cove, New York, is ready to remove it in a few swift appointments with the latest tattoo removal technologies. To find out if you’re a good candidate to have your tattoo removed, call All Island Dermatology or book your appointment online today.
How does tattoo removal work?
When you decide to remove a tattoo, your provider first assesses your tattoo’s size, colors, and depth. If you’re approved for tattoo removal, your provider first numbs your skin with an anesthetic.
Then, they use a specialized laser that emits powerful pulses of energy to break apart the ink of your tattoo. If your tattoo has multiple colors, your provider may change the settings of the laser to target each of them.
Once the ink is broken apart, your body flushes the smaller particles out between your appointments. The tattoo gets less pigmented with each treatment.
How many tattoo removal sessions do I need?
Most tattoo artists make multiple layers of ink to give you a vivid and lasting design. All of these layers are unlikely to come out in just one session, so you’ll likely need to book several sessions over the course of eight months or more.
On average, it takes 6-8 sessions to completely remove a tattoo, but more may be needed if it is a large piece.
Your provider at All Island Dermatology will create a treatment plan that allows for healing time between each of your tattoo removal sessions. During this time, your skin heals as your body flushes out the broken-apart ink particles.
How can I maximize my tattoo removal results?
Your provider at All Island Dermatology gives you specific instructions to maximize your results and remove your tattoo in as little time as possible. You must:
- Attend every appointment
- Keep the tattoo clean before and after each session
- Keep the tattoo moisturized
- Use any ointments or other products from your doctor
- Protect your skin from the sun
Following all of your provider’s instructions carefully ensures that you’ll see a noticeable reduction in your tattoo’s boldness with each session, and you’ll finish the process in the least amount of time possible.
Do home methods for tattoo removal work?
There are many products and methods marketed for home tattoo removal. While this may be a temptingly cheap way of getting rid of your unwanted ink, these methods are predictably ineffective and very risky for your skin.
Keeping a tattoo on your body that you don’t appreciate is no longer necessary with today’s advancements in tattoo removal treatments. To start the process of removing your body art, call All Island Dermatology or book your appointment online today.