How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Tattoos are a form of art that many people in the United States get on their skins for self-expression or sentimental reasons. However, many individuals regret their decisions and want to remove the tattoos from their bodies. The reasons for removing them vary. Some do it due to a change in career, lifestyle, or simply the need for change.

Tattoo removal is a complicated process. It entails clearing the permanent tattoo ink granules underneath your skin surface. Laser tattoo removal uses effective techniques to diminish the appearance of your tattoo.


How It Works

The laser uses a high-intensity light beam to break up the color pigments in the tattoo. Darker pigments such as black are easy to treat as they absorb all wavelengths from the laser. Other colors require specific wavelengths to break up effectively.

Your tattoo removal specialist at will evaluate your unwanted tattoo during your first appointment. They will advise on the course to take and tell you about the number of treatment sessions required based on the tattoo color, size, and age. The removal technique also depends on the depth of the tattoo pigment and your skin color.

During the treatment session, expect to wear protective shields for your eyes. Your specialist will begin by testing how your skin reacts to different laser energies to determine the most effective one. They will then pass intense light pulses over the tattoo so that the pigment can absorb them and begin breaking down. You will see progressive changes after each treatment session.


Is the Treatment Painful?

Most patients who undergo laser tattoo removal report mild discomfort. Your specialist can use a local anesthetic to ease the process.


Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is a safer treatment than other methods like excision. However, there are a few things you ought to consider, such as:


  • The tattoo removal site may risk infection if you do not take proper care of it.

  • Your tattoo may not clear off completely. Some colors are easier to remove than others. For example, black and blue tattoos respond well to laser removal treatment.

  • You may suffer from hypopigmentation, where the treated area appears paler than the rest of your skin. Hyperpigmentation is also likely; your treated site may become darker than other parts of your skin.

  • Other tattoos fade over time but begin by becoming dark after treatment. For example, cosmetic tattoos such as eyebrows, eyeliners, and lip liners darken after laser treatment.



Laser tattoo removal costs may vary from one center to another. However, most insurances do not cover the treatment as it is a personal option. Some surgery centers or dermatologists may also require full payment before starting the process.


Finding a Reputable Specialist

Ideally, look for a reputable cosmetic surgery or dermatology center for your tattoo removal. You can ask for a recommendation from your doctor to find a professional who specializes in removing tattoos.

For more about laser tattoo removal, visit at our office in Sacramento, Berkeley, Stockton, San Jose, or Oceanside, California. You can also call (916) 600-4428, (510) 710-7221, (209) 323-8332, (669) 287-4557, or (844) 446-5633 to book an appointment today.


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