When getting the laser removal for tattoos, does it leave a scar and will it get rid of the tattoo completely?
Laser Tattoo Removal Scar
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Laser Tattoo Removal
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Tattoo Removal and scars
The process of tattoo removal is a unique process where the individual colors are removed based on the unique colors of the different ink. If the correct settings and lasers are used there should be no scar to remove the tattoo completely. It can take several treatments to remove a tattoo. Please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience with tattoo removal for the best cosmetic results.
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Scarring with Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal has been around for a while and there are many types of lasers that can effectively remove tattoos. The most important thing to remember is to make sure that the person doing the procedure is well versed in lasers and laser tattoo removal. So, the answer to your questions — scarring with lasers can always happen – and can happen even in the best hands. Tattoo lasers of today can remove tattoos completely and at times they do not --- each tattoo is unique and it may require many treatments and several different tattoo lasers to make things work.
Scarring with tattoo removal
Yes, tattoo removal can completely remove a tattoo, but it can also sometimes leave a "scar". The scar can be as minor is a slightly shiny, whitish "shadow", or it can be much thicker and more severe. In our practice, we only use the Picosure laser which has been proven to not only be more effective, but also less likely to leave significant scars. We have also treated scars and recalcitrant tattoos treated with other lasers and have some effective techniques to break up scar tissue to release more ink.
Tattoo Removal Scarring
Thank you for your question. Pico lasers are the most advanced technology. I utilize the PiQo4 laser which has 4 Pico wavelengths making it possible to treat 96% of ink in as little as 4-6 sessions on average. The amount of treatments and process of removal can vary based on several factors such as the location of your tattoo, your skin tone, how sharp the ink is, and how quickly your body eliminates the ink. Even with advanced lasers and multiple wavelengths complete removal is not always possible but can be. I believe that tattoos are removed faster and safer with Pico lasers and there is less risk of scarring with Pico lasers then with older laser systems. I think it is important not only to seek the best technology but an experienced laser tattoo removal provider. I hope this helps! Best wishes.
Tattoo removal with PicoSure results in our NYC practice
Tattoo removal with lasers can vary how the procedure is performed by different providers. It is important to see a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has had appropriate training with lasers. Scars are very rare but can be created if there is a secondary infection or if the laser settings are not appropriate for the skin type.
Some colors respond better than others and although some tattoo pigment is cleared 100%, many results are very good while some hint of a shadow can remain. Lighter skin color or post inflammatory darkening of one's skin can occur and this is usually temporary. There is a small percent of tattoos for unknown reasons are resistant to the laser treatment and only a small component of the pigment diminishes. Different colors, depth of tattoo, age of tattoo, skin type are some of the variables that may affect the outcome. It was only in the older days where, as an example, dermabrasion or salabrasion were done to lighten and remove tattoos and scars were inevitable. It is not the goal to hide a tattoo by causing a scar over it.
The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.
Will laser tattoo removal leave a scar?
If the treatment is performed correctly by an experienced clinician using a Q-switched laser at the correct settings you should not have a scar. Additional factors that prevent scarring are spacing your treatments at least 6 weeks apart and following proper after care to allow your skin to heal. As far as full removal, most tattoos can be fully removed however you may experience the phenomenon of ghosting.
Laser Tattoo Removal Scar
There is always a possibility of scarring. With the right doctor and the right laser tattoo removal system there should be no scarring. Complete removal of the tattoo depends on many factors. Your doctor should able to let you know during your consultation.