Start the New Year Without the Ink: How Laser Tattoo Removal Works

If you’re like many of the patients we see at Holladay Dermatology & Aesthetics, there’s a good chance you have a tattoo that you regret getting. Maybe you don’t like the design of the tattoo, or maybe it’s the placement of the tattoo that irks you. Whatever your reason, laser tattoo removal can get rid of your tattoo for good.

At Holladay Dermatology & Aesthetics, we’re proud to offer laser tattoo removal at our comfortable and state-of-the-art facility in Holladay, Utah.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

The goal of laser tattoo removal is to eliminate any trace of an unwanted tattoo. We use a special type of laser called the enlighten™ laser, which releases energy in a powerful and controlled pulse. The cutting-edge laser, which fires at a very high speed, breaks up the pigment of the tattoo. Your body then eliminates the ink naturally.

Black tattoos are usually the easiest to remove because they absorb all of the laser’s wavelengths. Whereas colored tattoos may need to be treated with wavelengths that are calibrated for specific colors.

Is there any preparation for laser tattoo removal?

You likely won’t need to do much to prepare for your treatment. Depending on the placement of your tattoo, our team might instruct you to avoid direct sunlight or wear sunscreen prior to your treatment. We may also recommend that you avoid applying different types of tanning oils to your tattooed skin.

Your provider can give you a topical anesthetic to make sure you stay comfortable. Furthermore, some patients like to take an over-the-counter pain killer to help reduce discomfort. However, it’s important to avoid aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and certain herbal medications, which can lead to internal bleeding.

When can I return to my daily routine?

Most patients experience few side effects. You may have some temporary swelling and redness. And while you’ll need to protect the area from sunlight for a while, you should be able to return to your normal activities as soon as you leave the office.

It normally takes 6-8 weeks for the treatment area to heal, at which point you can come back for another session. You may need 3-6 sessions to completely remove your tattoo.

If you have a tattoo you want to get rid of, we can help. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Holladay Dermatology & Aesthetics today.

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