The Best Tattoo Removal Options for Baton Rouge Patients
The cute tattoo on your ankle, the tribal across your back, or your ex’s name permanently marked on your body are all choices that you may eventually come to regret. Sometimes a tattoo is a painful reminder of something you’d rather forget. Others, it’s just something you’ve simply outgrown. Whatever the case, we are fortunate that with today’s technology “permanent” doesn’t necessarily have to mean forever. For those who no longer love the idea of their tattoo, effective removal options are available.
Is the Q-Switched ND: Yag Laser Effective for Tattoo Removal?
In your research for tattoo removal options, you have likely stumbled across a number of suggestions from dermabrasion to creams. While the price tag for a miracle cream may make it tempting to try, your wallet may end up a bit lighter but your tattoo likely won’t. When it comes to removing your ink, we suggest first asking your board-certified dermatologist about the use of the Q-Switched ND: Yag laser.
Considered the “gold standard” in tattoo removal, the Q-Switched laser is designed to target only the pigmented areas of skin during treatment. Unlike other treatment options, including continuous wave lasers, this means that the surrounding, normal skin is left largely untouched. This precision also gives the laser the targeted energy and power needed to successfully lighten dark or bright inks without the effects, such as scarring or permanent pigment changes, that may be incurred from other lasers.
Of course, there are always cases that will be more difficult or require more extensive treatment. Tattoos that cover a larger surface area will obviously require more treatment sessions for complete removal. Additionally, factors such as age of the tattoo, patient skin tone, tattoo location, tattoo color, and being a smoker may all have a degree of impact on the ultimate success of tattoo removal.
What is the Tattoo Removal Process Using the Q-Switched ND: Yag Laser?
Once you and your dermatologist have determined that the Q-Switched ND: Yag laser is a preferable method for your tattoo removal, you will begin treatment with quick 10-15 minute sessions. These sessions are performed using a local anesthetic and should not require downtime. However, the treated area of skin will require time to heal. For this reason, it is important that patients follow all after care instructions and understand that sessions will be spaced at least 4 to 8 weeks apart.
Most patients will want to know from the beginning how many treatments will be required. Your physician may be able to give you an idea based on the factors mentioned earlier. However, there is no guarantee in the exact number of treatments for any patient. In the end, you will likely be left with pleasing results, but getting there will take time. Tattoo removal is far from an overnight process, but the vast majority of patients find that it is worth the investment.
If your tattoo is no longer a welcome sight, contact Dermasurgery Center. Our board-certified dermatologists in both Baton Rouge and Lafayette can help guide you through your removal options and restore the skin that you’ve long missed.