About Laser Tattoo Removal
There are many reasons why individuals may decide they no longer want a tattoo. Maybe it represents a painful memory. Maybe it has faded over time, or it simply no longer represents who you are. Whatever the reason, advances in tattoo removal technology have made it possible to lighten and potentially remove the undesired tattoo altogether. At MIA Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, our talented plastic surgeon Dr. Phi Nguyen performs tattoo removal with the sophisticated PicoSure tattoo removal system. This laser energy device is known to yield better results than other tattoo removal systems and may require fewer treatments for success than traditional tattoo removal procedures.
There are several factors which may increase the success of your laser tattoo removal. Ideal candidates for this procedure:
- Have strong immune systems. A strong immune system inhibits the body’s ability to dispose of the broken down ink properties.
- Are in good overall health. Not smoking and eating a well-balanced diet aid the body’s immune system in functioning at full capacity.
- Have strong contrast between the color of the ink and the pigment of their skin. The stronger the contrast, the better the response.
- Have tattoos that are several years old. Older tattoos have a tendency to respond better to laser removal treatment.
Once Dr. Phi determines if your skin would be responsive to laser tattoo removal, you will be prepped for the procedure with a thorough cleaning of the treatment area and the application of a numbing cream. Dr. Phi will then pass the handpiece over the surface of the skin as it emits pulsing light and energy (lasers). The treatment time can vary tremendously depending on the size and type of the tattoo being treated. In some circumstances, the tattoo will require a number of treatments before noticeable results occur. This will all be discussed with you during your consultation.
What to Expect
After each treatment, an ointment will be applied to the skin, as well as bandages to keep the treated area protected. You may experience swelling, redness, and sensitivity of the treatment area, much like the discomfort associated with the receipt of a tattoo. You may also feel a sunburned sensation followed by a slight scabbing of the treated skin. It is important to follow aftercare instructions precisely to expedite the healing process. After the site has completed healed, your next treatment session can be scheduled. Sessions typically will not be scheduled less than 4 – 7 weeks of each other.
Plan Your Procedure
Remove the Past
Tattoos can be beautiful and mesmerizing as a reflection of our image and a part of our identity. But when we have a tattoo that we are no longer proud of, the thought of it being a permanent fixture on our body can be a daunting one. At MIA Plastic Surgery, we empathize and want to offer a solution. PicoSure is a successful, innovative tattoo removal system providing positive results to men and women all over the country. If you have a tattoo that you wish to remove or have questions about the removal process, we encourage you to reach out to our staff today. We cannot wait to speak with you.