Tattoos were once a sign of rebelliousness or inclusion in a certain group, depending on your social circles. A generation or two ago, in the United States, you may have only ever seen a tattoo on a member of the military, a sailor or a gang member. As public opinion about body art has shifted, tattoos are now acceptable on nearly everyone. Business professionals, politicians, A-list actors and actresses and even members of clergy are now sporting tattoos. Unfortunately, with greater acceptance can come greater regrets. A tattoo you received in your youth may now be completely inappropriate. Luckily, laser tattoo removal with our experts in the Chicago area can erase the artwork entirely or, if you’d like, fade it enough to be covered with more appropriate artwork.
The Laser Tattoo Removal Process
A laser is a focused beam of light that is calibrated to target a specific pigment. For laser tattoo removal, it is calibrated to focus on the inks and ignore the natural pigmentation of your skin. The ink is heated, which causes microscopic damage. Your immune system rushes to repair this tiny bit of damage, recognizes the ink as a foreign body and flushes it away. After a series of treatment sessions, no ink remains and the skin left behind is smooth and even. The microscopic damage caused by the laser does not generally leave a scar, thickening or any pigment changes.
Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment Scheduling
We can schedule your treatments around your schedule. As the laser treatments work best when there is a large contrast between the ink and your skin tone, many people choose to have their treatments when they are at their most pale. If the tattoo is in an area that is not normally exposed, however, this consideration will not be as important and you can schedule your treatments at your leisure.
Are You a Good Candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal?
As with pretty much any procedure, laser treatments are not suitable for everyone in Chicago. During a consultation at Transformations Plastic Surgery in Rockford, our specialist can determine if you qualify for treatment. Laser tattoo removal is an exciting chance to start fresh. If you regret your tattoo and are ready to consider a permanent solution, contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about laser tattoo removal!