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How Does Tattoo Removal Actually Work?

The concept of laser tattoo removal can be an exciting option for the 25% of people with tattoos who say they regret getting them. However, not knowing the process of having a tattoo removed can make it harder to feel confident in the treatment, let alone get the results you’re looking for.

Dr. Lori Scott is a family medicine doctor who also removes tattoos, so she and everyone here are ready to give you a clear picture of how we successfully get rid of your tattoos.

How laser tattoo removal works

Most people understand that the process requires the use of lasers, but not how the technology allows us to remove tattoos. In layman’s terms, the light beams in the laser are of an extremely high intensity that allows them to penetrate the top layer of the skin, and they’re absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo.

Dr. Scott uses a different number and intensity of light pulses depending on certain variables, and as the pigment absorbs the light pulses, it breaks them up.

Variables that can affect your tattoo removal

Of course, as in most cases with a medical procedure, each person’s situation is going to be unique. The number of treatments you need as well as the intensity of the light beams and the number of pulses Dr. Scott needs to use can differ based on certain variables, such as:

The color of the tattoo

Black ink is able to absorb all wavelengths of light beams, so it’s very easy to break up. However, other colors require the use of specific lasers, and the lighter the color, the harder it may be to fully remove.

The size of the tattoo

Naturally, larger tattoos will require more time, effort, and pulses than smaller tattoos, simply because more of the area requires treatment.

The age of the tattoo

Older tattoos are harder to get rid of than newer tattoos because the pigment has settled into your skin over time.

Skin-related variables

The color of your skin as well as the depth of the pigment can also affect the procedure.

When you come in for your first appointment, Dr. Scott evaluates your tattoo and gives you a good idea of what to expect from the procedure, including how many treatments will be necessary and how long each treatment will be.

It’s not an exact science

Like many medical procedures, tattoo removal isn’t an exact science. Different results occur for different people. Also, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the procedure so you get the outcome you’re anticipating. This is why it’s a good idea to understand the parameters of the procedure as well as to schedule a consultation before deciding to have it done.

Keep in mind that while your tattoo might not be 100% gone by the end of the treatment, it will always be much, much lighter.

Learn more about laser tattoo removal

If you still have questions about this process, or if you want to book your first appointment with Dr. Scott, call our Kinston, North Carolina, office at 252-238-7079. You can also book your appointment online.

Dr. Scott is happy to answer your questions about laser tattoo removal and to help you make sure you look the way you want, no matter what the past holds.

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