A tattoo can serve as a great way to show your love for a family member or friend, but depending on the circumstances, it can also turn into something that you regret. Laser tattoo removal is one of the best treatments for an unwanted tattoo. If you’re considering this treatment option, you should know how it can help turn your unwanted tattoo into a distant memory.
Remove Your Old Tattoo
Some people get a tattoo when they’re young, and as they grow older, they start to dislike the tattoo because it no longer reflects their values. You might also want to have a tattoo removed because it has fallen victim to the effects of aging, which can make the art unrecognizable.
The ink in your tattoo is made of heavy metals, and there is a good chance it contains manganese, copper and lead. It’s these heavy metals that make the ink under your skin a permanent feature.
Immediately after the ink is pushed under your skin by the needle, your body views the ink particles as intruders, and it sends white blood cells to attack the intruders. Some of the particles are carried off to the liver and eliminated, but since the ink particles tend to be larger than the white blood cells, your body is unable to remove them. This is why people must rely on methods such as laser tattoo removal to get rid of their unwanted tattoos.
How a Laser Vaporizes Your Ink
During laser tattoo removal, intense pulses of light are used to break up the large ink particles. To break apart the ink particles, the laser must operate with enough heat and speed, and it must use thermal expansion to zap the particles.
Once the laser has effectively broken the large ink particles into small bits, your white blood cells can move in and carry the particles away. Although the treatment sounds simple enough, the full removal of a tattoo can take several individual treatment sessions. The number of treatments you will need will depend on factors such as the size and colors of your tattoo. It can take anywhere between two and ten treatments to effectively remove a tattoo.
What to Expect from Treatment
If you’re thinking about having your tattoo removed with laser tattoo removal, you should know what to expect during the treatment. The size of your tattoo plays a major role in determining how many treatment sessions will be required. During your consultation, we’ll examine your tattoo and talk to you about your goals.
If you’d like to make your ink a distant memory, then it might be time to consider laser tattoo removal. We would be happy to help you learn more about this treatment at Viva Wellness Medical Group. Contact our office in San Diego to schedule your consultation and get started!