Matthew D. Barrows, M.D.

Attentive Dermatology Professionals

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Laser Tattoo Removal – Q-Switched Laser*

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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.

Best Candidates

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.

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Average Procedure Time  
20 – 45
Post-op Follow-up  
4 – 6 Weeks
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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.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.