About Laser Tattoo Removal
Ready to get rid of the tattoo you thought you wanted eternally? We are ready to provide you with a consultation for our laser tattoo removal at Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery Center. Lasers now provide a safe an effective way of removing tattoos. Q-Switched laser technology offers high efficiency at very low risk. It enables effective tattoo removal with little chance of side effects. The laser delivers light quickly - in billionths of a second - and at a very high energy. These pulses are absorbed by the tattoo, breaking it into pigment particles small enough for removal by the body. Laser tattoo removal can be customized to each patient, and the number of treatment sessions varies based on the size and coloring of the pigmentation on your skin.
"Tammi Dobbs is very attentive and sweet. She really listens to what you have to say always gives options in treatment rather than pushing one. She is by far the best dermatologist I've gone to."- L.B. / Google / Sep 01, 2015
"Dr. Matthew is wonderful! Very personable, friendly, down-to-earth and answers all your questions!! Came in for a minor procedure and had a very pleasant experience. Had some questions on a non-related skin condition and he was kind enough to listen and answer thoroughly."- F.F. / Google / Jul 06, 2018
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"The staff at Dermatology & Skin Cancer surgery Center was amazing! The check-in process took less than 5 minutes and they had me back in the exam room within 10 minutes of me getting there. Ace was awesome and a joy to talk to. He kept the exam short, and quick. Any questions I had were answered. I loved how friendly and easy-going the staff were. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a new dermatologist."- C.L. / Google / Jun 24, 2018
"Great experience. No waiting time. Thorough exam. Clear next steps. And, all the staff were very friendly!"- B.H. / Google / Jun 19, 2018
Tattoos will be removed quicker for those who have fair skin simply because there is a greater difference between the tattoo ink pigments and your skin. When lasers are used to remove tattoos on those with darker skin, more caution is used to ensure there is no lightening or darkening of the skin around the tattoo. Older tattoos are easier to remove and those that consist of mostly black ink that is not dense. Laser tattoo removal relies on your immune system to dispose of broken-down ink particles. Because of that, the better health you are in, the better tattoo removal will go. Choose to have your tattoo removal treatments at times when your immune system isn’t compromised. Patients who don’t smoke, eat a well-balanced diet and stay active have all the healthy habits that will make laser tattoo removal better and easier. Speaking with an experienced and licensed skin health professional at our dermatology office is the first step in the laser tattoo removal process. We want you to be happy with the result, and want to provide you with the right information to have a realistic expectation of what the laser can and cannot remove.
What to Expect
Laser tattoo removal is not a one-step process. You may have several laser treatment sessions in order to fade the pigments in the skin. Your skin will also have to heal and repair itself between appointments. While pain tolerance is an individual matter, most people tolerate tattoo treatment well, and describe the sensation as a rubber band snap to the skin. Topical anesthetic is an option for sensitive areas. When determining the number of treatments necessary, the technician will consider such factors such as tattoo location, tattoo color, and size. Our laser has optimal wavelengths to absorb and remove the tattoo from your skin without damaging any of the healthy surrounding skin cells. Once the session is complete, we will apply a healing ointment on the area to keep it hydrated, and then cover it with a protective bandage. You may have some swelling, crusting, intense itching, or a sensation that feels like a sunburn in the treatment area. We will discuss how to care for your skin with our aftercare instructions provided at the appointment.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 20 – 45
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4 – 6 Weeks
Effective Tattoo Removal
Every patient who has laser tattoo removal will have varying results. The age of the tattoo, size, color of pigments, technique used, and skin type all play a role in how well your skin will respond to our treatment. Please call the office of Dr. Matthew D. Barrows to schedule a consultation with a trained professional who can evaluate your tattoo and advise you on the process.