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Laser Tattoo Removal

Thanks to the technology of laser tattoo removal techniques, an unwanted tattoo is not something you need to live with for the rest of your life! Laser tattoo removal technology makes it possible to undo what may have turned out to be an error in judgement or a choice which "seemed like a good idea at the time".

In spite of-- or perhaps because of -- the growing popularity and acceptance of tattoos over the past decade, the demand for laser tattoo removal has also increased. As an individual's values change or their self perception evolves, laser tattoo removal is an option that many people consider.

If you suspect that a tattoo may be impairing your professional or social life, our safe and effective laser tattoo removal services may be the answer you've been seeking. So whether you need to remove the name of a former 'flame' that was emblazoned somewhere on your body -- or if you've simply decided that having a tattoo is no longer a reflection of who you are -- laser tattoo removal will allow you to reverse what you might have previously thought was irreversible.

As we explain below, there are a lot of variables involved in laser tattoo removal, but we are typically able to produce very pleasing results with a high degree of success. Laser tattoo removal requires some post-procedure healing and recuperation, but most patients experience only minimal inconvenience and discomfort.

We've attempted to answer many common questions, below, about the laser tattoo removal services offered at SpaCitySpa. This information will give you a general idea of what to expect from laser tattoo removal. Most likely, other questions or concerns about laser tattoo removal will occur to you, so we invite you to email or call us at 518-581-1888. Contact us, today, to find out if laser tattoo removal is for you.

Answers to FAQ about Laser Tattoo Removal

Both professional and amateur tattoos can be removed. Nearly all colors can be effectively removed in as little as 3 to 4 sessions or in as many as 8 to 9 depending on the method by which the tattoo was placed, the types of dyes used, and the length of time the tattoo has been present.

For as many reasons as people get tattoos, there are the same number of reasons why people want them removed. At Saratoga Dermatology, we can help. Thanks to specialized, laser technology, we can safely fade your tattoos so there is little or no trace left. We can apply the same technology to remove birthmarks and other undesired skin pigmentation.

Will my tattoo be completely gone after Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment?

In most cases, the laser can remove up to 90 percent of the tattoo. It is important to remember that the ultimate result will depend on many factors such as the type of dye or ink used, how old the tattoo is, location, skin type and if there is any scarring from previous removal attempts.

What about colors like black, blue and green?

The Alexandrite laser that we use is effective on all those colors, taking into consideration the factors mentioned above.

How does Laser Tattoo Removal work?

Dyes and hyper-pigmentation absorb the laser light and begin to breakdown. They are then absorbed by the body.

Is Laser Tattoo Removal safe?

Yes. The Alexandrite laser we use is specifically designed for treating tattoos and hyper-pigmentation. It is a homogenous beam, meaning there are not "hot spots" and adverse affects are minimal. Unlike other techniques, laser tattoo removal treats without causing purpura, and the risk of scarring or changes in skin texture is greatly reduced.

Is the procedure painful?

Most people compare the laser to the feeling of having a rubber band snapped on your skin. However, for sensitive areas, we can apply a topical anesthetic.

What is my skin like after a Laser Tattoo Removal treatment and what should I do?

You may experience some temporary reddening of the treated area and there may be some lightening or darkening of the skin for several months afterwards. Typically, your skin will return to normal, minus the tattoo, of course.

Immediately after a treatment, you can apply an ice pack or a topical anesthetic. Between visits, avoid scrubbing the area and you may want to cover it lightly with a bandage. Also, we will recommend a sunscreen for you to use over the treated area.

How long are Laser Tattoo Removal treatments and how many will I need?

Depending on the size of the tattoo, treatments range from 5 to 30 minutes. Most people will need multiple treatments for the best possible outcome. Please call our office for a consultation so can give you more detailed information on what you will need.