Laser Tattoo Removal: What to Ask a Dermatologist

 Laser Tattoo Removal: What to Ask a Dermatologist

Of all the cosmetic dermatology services you could invest in with your dermatologist, it's likely you haven't thought of laser tattoo removal as one of them. Here are a few questions you might want to ask before scheduling a laser tattoo removal appointment with your dermatologist.

How Long Will it Take to Remove My Tattoo?

This is an important question to ask when you're investing in laser tattoo removal services. While many people think laser tattoo removal is a quick fix, the reality is that it takes multiple treatments to see the desired results. The number of treatments you'll require depends on a variety of factors, including your tattoo's age, size, location, and the type of ink used. This is why it's so important to consult with your dermatologist before investing in this service.

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

In terms of pain, laser tattoo removal is probably the most similar to laser stretch mark removal. It certainly won't be as painful as getting your tattoo in the first place! Some patients may experience more or less pain than others. This largely depends on skin sensitivity and your tattoo's location and size. Fortunately, topical numbing agents can be used to help mitigate the discomfort of laser tattoo removal.

Will Laser Tattoo Removal Cause Scarring?

The goal of any cosmetic dermatology service-- including treatments like laser tattoo removal and light therapy for vitiligo-- is to leave your skin looking as normal as possible. Fortunately, laser tattoo removal technology allows for a very minimal chance of developing scars. While certain factors like poor circulation, compromised immune system, and certain prescription medications may increase the chances of scarring, your dermatologist will take these things into consideration before recommending this procedure. Again, this is why a consultation is so important. There, you can be candid with your dermatologist about certain aspects of your health and medical history that may compromise the success of laser tattoo removal.

Do I Have to Remove My Entire Tattoo?

In a word, no. In fact, laser tattoo removal is a popular method of revising tattoos if you want to add to your collection. During your consultation, you'll be able to tell your dermatologist exactly the results you're hoping to see from your laser tattoo removal sessions. If you're planning another overlapping tattoo but your current piece is too dark to tattoo over, laser tattoo removal can help lighten the area for your tattoo artist to cover up.

What Side Effects Can I Expect?

Instead of asking whether or not there are side effects, it's a good idea to ask what side effects you can expect. If your dermatologist is already familiar with your skin, they may be able to provide greater insight into which side effects will most likely affect you. But in general, laser tattoo removal side effects commonly include redness, slight swelling and stinging sensations in the treatment area, and potentially some blistering and scabbing. If you experience blistering or scabbing in the treatment area, leave them alone and alert your dermatologist. Their aftercare instructions may change depending on the severity of your side effects.

Seeking out cosmetic dermatology services like laser tattoo removal with a dermatologist is the safest, most effective route to take if you want to remove an unwanted tattoo. For more questions about this procedure or to set up a consultation, contact North Pacific Dermatology today.

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