At Dermatology of Boca, the device used for tattoo removal is the Enlighten Laser. This laser is highly effective on nearly all types of tattoos, and treatment can be customized based on the pigment color to make sure that the pigments are properly removed. The laser light, an ultra high-intensity beam, is sent directly into the tattoo pigment. This causes the pigment to break apart and be absorbed harmlessly into the body. During the tattoo removal process, the patient will wear protective eyewear since a laser light is in use.
Laser tattoo removal is generally not painful at all. Some people liken the pulsing sensation to the mild snap of a rubber band on the skin. Most patients don't experience any significant discomfort during the removal process, but topical anesthetic is available to minimize any discomfort if needed. Ice packs can be applied after the treatment to help minimize any mild soreness that may occur in the treatment area.
The number of treatments needed depends on the size of the tattoo, the intricacy of the tattoo, the type of pigment, and the specific patient. The staff members at Dermatology of Boca will meet with each patient to determine exactly how many treatments will be needed to get the results they want.
After tattoo removal, it is very important to follow all the instructions provided. Patients should avoid the sun, tanning beds, and lotions. Keeping the treatment area moist is important, so patients are advised to use a topical antibiotic cream and wear a bandage to keep the area clean. Patients must avoid any other aesthetic treatments in the treatment area until given the go-ahead by the doctor.
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