About Laser Tattoo Removal
You don't really need to have a long explanation as to why you no longer want your tattoo or body art for our team at SkinMD. We believe that healthy skin is in and if you need "ink-free" skin to be your best self, then we will do our best to accommodate that goal. SkinMD offers laser tattoo removal with the Harmony XL Laser System at each office in Hurst and Weatherford, TX.
Tattoos are possible because colored pigment(s) are injected into the holes the needle creates, which is effective in leaving its mark in your skin. Lucky for men and women who no longer want their tattoos, the latest advancements in laser technologies have made removal a possibility. At our practice, we use the (Q-switched Nd: YAG) Harmony XL Laser System for safe tattoo removal for light and dark ink (specifically black ink). If you would like to ask a few questions about how to eliminate your body art, schedule a confidential consultation at either office at SkinMD. We would be happy to take a look at your old (or fairly recent) tattoos to see what can be done for your skin.
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There's a number of considerations which could improve the success of your tattoo removal. The best candidates for laser tattoo removal:
- Are healthy overall. Smoking and eating an unhealthy diet limit the body's immune system from working at max efficiency.
- Have deep differences between the ink color and the skin color. The greater the contrast, the greater the result.
- Have older tattoos. The older a tattoo is, the better it will respond to treatment.
As soon as our team at SkinMD determines that your skin is ideal for laser tattoo removal, your skin will be prepared with a deep cleansing and an application of a topical anesthetic. Your laser technician will begin by passing the applicator over the tattooed skin as it releases energy and pulsing laser light. The time it takes to complete the procedure will vary and depend on the type and size of the treatment area. Your skin may require multiple sessions before obvious results are seen. These factors will all be discussed at your consultation.
What to Expect
Following each session, a topical cream will be applied to the treatment area along with bandages to protect the area. You might experience redness, sensitivity, and swelling. You may feel like you have a sunburn and experience minor scabbing. It's important to carefully adhere to the aftercare instructions given to you to speed up the recovery process. You can schedule your next treatment session in 4 – 7 weeks if you need multiple laser treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
Each patient case is different and some patients require more sessions, while others may only need a few because of the size of the tattoo, location of the art, the color and depth of the ink, and more. During your private consultation, we can discuss the estimated cost of your treatment.
How many sessions?
Size, color, location, and the age of the tattoo determine the number of treatments necessary to adequately eliminate the tattoo. During your consultation at SkinMD, the treatment plan will be reviewed with you and any questions regarding the number of estimated sessions can be asked at that time.
When will the tattoo be gone?
Because there are so many factors involved with body art, every patient will have a unique outcome and timeline of progress. You will see the tattoo become lighter and lighter with each session.
Are there any alternatives to laser tattoo removal?
Yes. You can try other methods such as microneedling and dermabrasion to remove the tattoo ink from your skin. However, laser treatments are effective and will not harm your skin. You might try these alternatives as supplemental therapies to speed up the process.
Take Off The Tattoos
When you have a tattoo you don't like any longer or it reminds you of unpleasant memories, the idea of its permanence on your body can be difficult to endure forever. At SkinMD, we understand and wish to provide a solution. We utilize a state-of-the-art tattoo removal technology in the Harmony XL that provides exciting results for women and men with tattoos of all ages. If you want to know more about laser tattoo removal, we invite you to contact our office in Hurst or Weatherford, TX at your earliest convenience. We look forward to speaking with you.