The Lowdown on Tattoo Removal

It’s been twenty years and that tattoo you got on your back when you were eighteen just doesn’t look the same as it did years ago.  Perhaps “Bobby” didn’t end up being the love of your life or maybe you just didn’t realize the meaning of permanent. Whatever the reason may be, laser tattoo removal is here to solve those problems.

At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, our physicians use a variety of lasers to remove all colors of tattoo pigment. Laser tattoo removal works by emitting a focused beam of laser light that passes through the skin’s outer layer and is absorbed by the tattoo’s ink. The pigments in the ink are broken down in to smaller particles and are eventually removed by the body’s natural healing process.

Ink type can affect the removal process:  professional, multi-colored tattoos are the most difficult to eliminate, while homemade black-blue tattoos are easier due to the quicker absorption by the darker pigment. Green tattoos are actually the hardest to remove. Have no fear, though, our skilled providers at the Laser Institute of Georgia can remove concentrated pigment from deep within the skin. The physicians at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta have been performing tattoo removal for over 25 years and have experience with even the most resistant tattoos.

The number of treatments necessary depends on many factors including size, color, amount of ink used, and the age of the tattoo.  Because each tattoo is unique, removal techniques must be tailored to an individual’s needs. Our professional staff can evaluate your personal needs and advise the best treatment for your tattoo removal.

Most patients relate the treatment sensation as a rubber band snap. Topical numbing creams are routinely used, only a few patients require local anesthesia, and some patients don’t require any pain management. Side effects like scarring are possible, but minimal. However, Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s medical-grade technology and highly experienced providers further minimizes the risk of complications.

If you would like to find out more information about tattoo removal please contact our office. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + for more dermatological news and information.