Leave Tattoo to Fantasy Island

Every tattoo has a story behind it. Some of those stories could be a little cloudy considering the addition of alcohol to the evening in question. Still, every piece of body art does have a story. Question is, what if you don’t want to hear that story any longer? Your tattoo is as stubborn as your mother-in-law.

The name of your former girlfriend? Not that appreciated by your wife.

That image of the grim reaper across the side of your neck? Seemed pretty cool at the time, but your current employer isn’t as enthralled.

And this doesn’t consider that you may simply want to remove a tattoo that has, um, changed with the loosening of your skin and possibly the addition of a few pounds.

It used to be that there were only three ways to get rid of a tattoo: surgery to remove the skin, acid bleaching, and dermabrasion (basically sandblasting of your skin). All of them were just as pleasant as they sound.

Ah, fortunately technology has come to the rescue in the form of the laser. Lasers can remove any tattoo, returning your arm, neck, shoulder, calf, or wherever to its pre-tattooed clarity. Often two different lasers are required to remove a tattoo, depending on the number of colors involved.

How does it work?

tattoo removalAt Northcoast Laser Cosmetics, our lasers deliver quick high-energy pulses that are absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo. The energy breaks the pigment into particles small enough that they can then be cleared from the body by the lymphatic system.

Now many treatments are necessary?

Just how easy or hard it is to remove a tattoo is predicated on the number of colors, depth, age, chemical composition of the inks, and other factors. Black, red, dark orange, and dark blue tattoos respond quickly, while certain other colors such as green, purple, brown, and light colors take more time. Most tattoos require a number of treatments spaced from six to eight weeks apart.

Tattoos generally take from 3 to 13 treatments to go the way of the passenger pigeon.

Does it hurt?

The procedure has a little discomfort, but not much. We apply an anesthetic cream to the location prior to beginning the laser treatment. After each treatment, you will have three to four days of sensitivity at the site. You’ll also need to apply an over-the-counter antibiotic to the site and keep it covered.

Over that tattoo? Call the tattoo-removal team at Northcoast Laser Cosmetics at 440-NEW-FACE and let’s talk about getting rid of it.

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