Is tattoo removal painful?
The Candela Alex Trivantage tattoo removal laser emits light in very short flashes, referred to as pulses. The impact of the pulse energy can be compared to the feeling of a series of thick rubber bands snapping on the skin. A topical anesthetic ointment is routinely applied prior to the tattoo removal treatment to alleviate any discomfort, and injectable anesthetics are available for those who are sensitive. Most patients comment that the treatment is more comfortable than expected.
Does the tattoo completely disappear after the treatment?
Most tattoos can be completely removed, however, in some cases, 90-95% fading can be expected. During your consultation, we will assess the tattoo and ask specific questions to determine the expected success rate of treatment. There are more than 100 tattoo inks used worldwide, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink was used, how deep the tattoo is, or how much ink was used makes it impossible to accurately predict the degree of removal.
Dark inks (blue/black) and red inks fade the best, while oranges and purples usually respond well. Blue and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional tattoo removal treatments can produce significant fading.
What are alternative treatments to laser tattoo removal?
The older the tattoo, the more likely that the pigment is to have migrated widely and deeply underneath the skin. Some old tattoos may not be able to be completely removed by any means other than surgical excision, which we can perform in-office. If a surgical approach is a consideration, we can schedule a physician consultation to discuss the procedure.