Laser Tattoo Removal
The art of tattooing dates back thousands of years. Currently this body art is extremely fashionable. Even in our own Lancaster County it is estimated that one in seven young people have a tattoo, and many of them have more than one. Cosmetic tattoos – eyebrows, eyeliner and lip liner – are very in demand now and can be quite beauty enhancing.
A problem arises though if one grows tired of the tattoo, if a tattooed name is a painful reminder of ‘love gone wrong,’ or if a tattoo is unacceptable in a new career. A cosmetic tattoo on the face- such as tattooed eyebrows – that is imperfect (too dark or the wrong shape and size), can lead to extreme self-consciousness as it can be difficult to conceal. About fifty percent of all people with tattoos later want them removed. No acceptable treatment was available until the advent of lasers. The tattoo laser targets the tattoo ink, causing it to fragment into tiny particles that the body then resorbs and eliminates.
The size of the tattoo will determine the length of treatment time. Often a topical anesthetic is applied prior to treatment but at the Randali Centre, we can inject Lidocaine for complete numbing . Following treatment, an antibiotic ointment may be applied. Sun avoidance of this area is mandatory. Healing is normally uneventful, and fading of the tattoo is gradual. More than one treatment is usually required, and these are spaced six to eight weeks apart.
Due to the small spot size of our Q Switch laser, we can only treat cosmetic tattoos or ones that are one inch or less in size.