Tattoos can be successfully lightened or removed with modern laser technology. The laser removes a tattoo with the energy of light. Tattoos are lightened with each subsequent treatment when the laser light passes through the skin and is absorbed by abnormal concentrations of pigment. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. The area is anesthetized locally before the treatment to decrease the discomfort of the procedure. After the treatment, the area will feel similar to a slight sunburn and typically this resolves over the next two days.
- The number of treatments is variable, typically a minimum of 8-12 treatments are needed.
- Treatments are usually performed every 1-2 months.
- Results vary depending on the color and location of the tattoo and the individuals own immune system.
- Green, Teal, Light Blue, Yellow, and Electric Blue are more difficult colors to treat, and may not completely resolve.