How Does Tattoo Removal Work?

When you arrive for your laser tattoo removal, you will be in great hands. First, eye shields will be used to protect you from the laser light. Your skin will then be tested to determine the most effective energy level to be applied during the treatment. Next, your skincare specialist will use a handheld device that will emit the laser light when activated. The technology produces a quick laser pulse that is absorbed by the tattoo. The procedure breaks down the ink underneath your skin while disturbing very little of the surrounding tissue.

Why is Shah Plastic Surgery Tattoo Removal Better?

At Shah Plastic Surgery in Springfield, Missouri, we offer the most advanced laser technology in the region. Dr. Shah is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with a vast depth of experience. Known for his ability to provide personal care to each patient, Dr. Shah or an experienced member of his team will meet with you to discuss your cosmetic goals. They will evaluate your tattoo and discuss the procedure, number of treatments needed, and the results you can expect.

When Should I Consider Removing My Tattoo?

  • If you no longer feel your tattoo represents your aesthetic ideal
  • If you dislike a tattoo or find that it limits the clothing you can wear 
  • If you have had any changes in your skin that has created your tattoo to look less attractive or distorted

Am I a Good Candidate For Laser Tattoo Removal in Springfield?

Men and women of all ages can have their tattoos removed. If you’re in good general health and have realistic expectations for the treatment, you’re a good candidate for laser tattoo removal. Dr. Shah will conduct a thorough review and discuss your treatment options during your initial consultation.

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What Should I Expect During My Appointment?

During your procedure, we will numb the area that will be treated. The laser will be applied to the tattoo and within minutes, your session is complete. During your session, you may hear the laser make several consecutive popping sounds, and the treated area may feel hot. The treated area will feel like a slight sunburn. Many report the sensation feels similar to getting a tattoo, and is not particularly uncomfortable. You will not have any downtime from a laser tattoo removal session; you will be able to return to your normal activities immediately. Depending on your tattoo, several treatments may be necessary, but you should see gradual fading in the weeks following each tattoo removal session.

How Should I Care For My Skin After Treatment?

Once your laser tattoo removal treatment is finished, you can expect to see what appears as a white film over the tattoo. You may also experience some redness, but both side effects will resolve in a matter of hours. Additionally, the tattoo may become crusty as the body naturally heals. We will advise you on how to care for the area after your treatment.

How Many Sessions Will I Need to Remove My Tattoo?

The number of sessions you need will vary based on the size of your tattoo and the colors of the inks. Tattoo ink is beneath the top layer of your skin, and some colors will require more sessions to remove (such as reds, blues, and greens). You can expect to need anywhere from 2 to 10 laser sessions to achieve the best outcome, with each session spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart.

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