How Does Tattoo Removal Work?
We all know when we get a tattoo that it’s designed to be permanent. However, there are times when we change our mind or wish to remove a tattoo. The process of tattoo removal is safe and more simple than you may expect!
To remove a tattoo, we use a special laser which pulses light into the tattoo. Each pulse is absorbed into the tattoo ink. What happens under the skin is like magic–as the tatto ink absorbs the light, it heats up and the tattoo particles are shattered into the skin. Your immune system then does the rest. Over the next few weeks, your body’s immune system will flush out the fragmented tattoo particles, leaving a lighter tattoo where remaining ink sits.
There will always be some ink left behind, and so we repeat this process until we achieve desirable results. Amazing, isn’t it?
Is Laser Tattoo Removal Safe?
Laser treaments are known as being among the safest available. Technology today has made tattoo removal much safer than its past reputation may imply, and there is very little risk of scarring. However everything you do comes with a risk. Risks involved with tattoo removal include:
- Infection of the tattoo site
- Scarring (while rare, it’s still possible!)
- Discoloration. There is a risk that the area exposed to the laser may become lighter (hyperpigmentation) or darker than the rest of your skin.
It’s important when pursuing tattoo removal that you see a reputable provider who can safely remove your ink with little risk. If you’re in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, or Tacoma, I’d be happy to be that provider!