Roughly 35% of adults in the United States have at least one tattoo, and many people are satisfied with them. But, that doesn’t mean you have to keep an unwanted tattoo. About 25% of people have a tattoo that they regret.
Whether your tastes or personality has changed, it’s perfectly okay to remove an unwanted tattoo. It’s important to know that you have options and aren’t stuck with a tattoo you no longer want.
The Dermatology Associates of Central NJ can help you restore your skin as closely as possible to its natural appearance. Our team of dermatology experts specializes in laser tattoo removal, and is dedicated to delivering safe, effective results.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Tattoo ink particles are too large for your body to remove them without some help. That’s where lasers come in. Controlled laser energy directed at a targeted tattoo breaks the ink up into particles small enough that your body’s natural detoxification system can take it from there. Over the course of several weeks, your body removes the broken-down ink particles from your system.
How long does tattoo removal take?
Many patients are concerned about the duration of the tattoo removal process. You may wish to remove a tattoo before an event — such as a wedding. It's important to know that the time it takes to remove a tattoo depends on a variety of factors, including the predominant ink colors, size, and location of the tattoo.
We recommend you wait at least six weeks between laser sessions — eight weeks if your complexion is darker — to allow your body time to remove the ink broken down by the lasers.
By waiting six to eight weeks between treatments, you can ensure ideal results. Most patients will need between five and nine treatments, and in some cases you may need 10 or more treatments if the tattoo is large or very layered.
What to expect from your laser tattoo session?
Prior to your laser tattoo removal session, you attend a consultation to determine if your tattoo is a good candidate for removal. We discuss realistic expectations and possible results, as well as the approximate treatment time, and post-treatment care instructions. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
To learn more about laser tattoo removal and to get started, call our office today to schedule a consultation. We have offices in Old Bridge, Freehold, and Union, New Jersey.