Tens of millions of people around the globe have tattoos of different types on different areas of their bodies. It is most certainly the most loved form of body art around the globe and people get them for a host of reasons. While getting them is somewhat painful and time taking, getting rid of them is an entirely different story.
In yesteryear, there were some very limited options in this regard and people had little choice but to either keep them or go through excruciating and highly invasive treatments. Laser tattoo removal in Dubai now allows people to get rid of the tattoos without much trouble and in a noninvasive manner. Let’s take a look at how this treatment helps in removing the unwanted tattoos.
Why tattoos lose their sharpness over time?
The ink in the tattoo is a foreign object to the skin and the immune system does not recognize it. Therefore, as soon as the tattoo is inked, the immune system gets to work in order to remove it. However, the tattoo is too large to be removed altogether and with time, it loses its sharpness. Tattoos tend to get further dull as the time progresses.
How laser benefits from this?
Most traditional treatments are unable to benefit from this since they mostly work on the skin rather than the ink. The tattoo traditionally may be cut out in surgery, the skin may be made abrasive and removed in salabrasion or frozen are removed in case of cryosurgery.
The laser however, has lesser to do with the skin and more with the ink and a duller tattoo makes it easier for the tattoo to be removed. The mechanism helps in getting rid of the tattoo entirely which may not always be possible with the other, more invasive options.
How does the procedure work?
The treatment works with the help of laser which is set at specific frequencies in order to target the pigmentation in the tattoos. Different colors needs different laser settings. The laser breaks down the pigmentation into smaller bits when it comes in contact with it. The immune system is able to get rid of the broken bits with ease. Darker colors like black and blue are easier to remove. Lighter colors like green, yellow and red are difficult colors to get rid of.
Does it hurt to remove a tattoo with laser treatment?
The treatment does have some pain associated with it which is lesser than the other treatments that are used for the same purpose. The pain is similar to that of a rubber band snapping against the skin though it only lasts for a fraction of a second. In order to numb it down, topical anesthetics are routinely used prior to the commencement of the treatment. This helps the patient in managing the pain without much trouble.
Should I get the tattoo off in a single treatment?
The tattoos need several treatments for complete removal. With each treatment session, the appearance of the tattoo gets lighter and lighter. The exact number of sessions needed vary with several factors. The size, the design, the colors and the age of the tattoo all play a part. Even the skill level of the tattoo artist plays a role since a poorly made tattoo is a lot harder to remove in comparison with a neat professional job. Older tattoos are easier to remove, so are those with less complicated designs and darker colors. Your doctor can give you an idea as to how many sessions should do the trick for you. Generally about half a dozen sessions are enough.
What are the side effects?
The side effects are mostly limited to redness of the skin along with tenderness to touch and some itching. These issues generally are resolved within a couple of days on their own. In rare cases, discoloration of skin can be caused. It should go away on its own though seeing your treatment provider is recommended.
Photosensitivity is developed after the treatment so be sure to apply broad spectrum sunscreen when you go out under the sun. Protect the area where the tattoo has been treated and ensure that it is not exposed directly to the UV rays. In general, avoid going out during the sun hours to minimize the risks.
Is there any downtime with this treatment?
There is no downtime with the treatment and you can return to work once it has been performed. It is recommended that you rest which helps alleviate the side effects quicker. If you are getting the treatment for the first time, it is not a bad idea to take a day or two off to learn what you will experience after the future treatment sessions.
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