The use of laser treatment for tattoo removal has become increasingly popular in recent years. As more and more people realize their decision to get permanently inked has left them with a tattoo they regret, dermatology offices around the globe are offering laser tattoo removal. But what else can laser therapy help with? Read on to find out.
During laser treatment for tattoo removal, a laser emitting pulses of light energy is guided over the affected area. These energetic pulses are absorbed by the particles of tattoo ink, which eventually heat up and then split apart. The immune system then flushes these particle fragments away from the concentrated area of the tattoo. Eventually, over the course of many sessions, the tattoo is no longer visible.
If you have a tattoo you want to get rid of, you might be considering laser treatment. But it’s important to know a few things upfront -- namely that while laser treatment for tattoo removal is often effective, it’s not always 100% guaranteed. One critical factor is the color of the ink on your tattoo. Gray and black ink are easiest to remove with a laser, closely followed by red. But if your tattoo is green, blue, or purple, you might have trouble with laser tattoo removal. Make sure you look for a clinic or dermatology office that offers 694 wavelength, as this is the only wavelength those colors will respond to.
The laser tattoo removal process can take quite a bit of time -- typically around 8-10 sessions spaced at least 6 weeks apart. The treatment is non-invasive, leaving the skin intact. Side effects are rare, but could include infection or scarring, so it’s important to choose a sanitary clinical environment with board-certified experts who are equipped to answer all of your questions.
If you’re self-conscious about stripes or streaks that have appeared on your skin over time, you might consider laser stretch mark removal. Stretch marks, or striae, occur through all different life stages, including pregnancy, puberty, or normal weight gain. These streaks are caused when certain areas of the skin -- most commonly the thighs, stomach and abdominal area, breasts, and upper arms -- are stretched too quickly, as in pregnancy. Often, they’re pink, red, or brown to start, fading to a soft white or silver over time.
If stretch marks are interfering with your day-to-day life, you can opt for laser treatment. During the procedure, the laser’s light beams resurface the skin, removing the top layer and encouraging fresh skin growth. Other types of lasers may target the underlying layers of the skin, promoting collagen production and leaving the top layer intact. Over time, the treatments can reduce the appearance of striae.
Spider veins -- small red veins often found on the legs -- are another common concern. Spider veins are damaged veins with weakened valves. The pressure of blood flow causes bulging and expanding that may become visible through the skin.
Laser treatment for spider veins includes pointing the laser beam at the vein to destroy it without causing any damage. The procedure can be effective immediately, or you may need up to 5 treatments to fully target the vein.
If you’re in the greater New York City area and interested in laser therapy, contact Vanguard Dermatology today to make an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists.