Many people get tattoos only to realize later that they no longer want the permanent mark on their skin. Dealing with an unwanted tattoo is frustrating, and tattoo removal is a great option to help you start feeling more like you. Tattoo removal is done with laser treatment, which uses concentrated beams of light to break up the pigment of the colors in the tattoo.
In order to prepare for tattoo removal, it is important to know what to expect during the process. The Iowa cosmetic surgeons at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery are qualified to do all we can to make you comfortable in your own skin again.
No matter the type of tattoo, a patient should expect multiple treatments in order to fully remove the visibility of the tattoo. A tattoo that has been previously treated can still respond well to laser therapy, but still may take a couple visits to successfully disappear. While ink is not guaranteed to vanish completely, there are proven success rates with tattoos that are:
Recent technological improvements have made laser treatment on tattoos much safer and more effective. Anesthesia is not frequently used, but it can be requested. That being said, if you are preparing to remove your tattoo, you should expect some discomfort.
The process involves the patient wearing eye shields and then experiencing pulses of beams of light on their skin. Many patients describe the feeling as similar to being flicked with a rubber band. Otherwise, the side effects are minimal and include some swelling or redness that goes away with time. Hypopigmentation, or the loss of skin pigment, is also common but can be easily treated.
The doctors at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery are just as skilled in non-surgical procedures as they are in surgical. We understand how difficult it is to live with a regrettable tattoo, and we will be happy to consult with you about the possibility of laser treatment. Our clients’ comfort is of the utmost importance to us, and scheduling a consultation is the first step to feeling confident in your skin. Contact our Des Moines offices today at (515) 222-1111 to learn more about our non-surgical skin care treatments and laser resurfacing abilities.