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Tattoo Removal

Laser Treatment Options

Not all tattoos end up being loved and appreciated forever. Some people end up regretting their tattoos or simply outgrow them. Others want a blank canvas to lay down new ink. Fortunately medical lasers can safely and effectively remove tattoos when used in expert hands.

Lasers use the energy in highly concentrated beams of light to break up the ink particles that make up a tattoo. Smaller ink particles can then be easily eliminated from the body by the immune system.

Different colors of ink require different wavelengths of light to break them up effectively. Lasers used for tattoo removal can produce different wavelengths of light and are specifically designed to target ink particles without harming the surrounding skin.

Before starting the tattoo removal process, the cosmetic doctor at Karrinyup Dermatology will evaluate your tattoo and determine the best approach for removing it. The number of sessions required will depend on several factors, including the size and color of the tattoo, as well as the depth of the ink.

During the laser treatment, you will be given protective eyewear to wear to shield your eyes from the laser light. You may feel a mild stinging or snapping sensation while the treatment is underway, or you may not feel anything at all.

After the treatment, your skin may feel sensitive, and you may experience some redness or swelling in the treated area. You will be given specific aftercare instructions to follow, such as avoiding sun exposure and keeping the treated area clean and dry.

To discuss your tattoo removal needs, book an appointment with a cosmetic doctor at Karrinyup Dermatology.