Traumatic Tattoo Removal
The term tattooing is derived from “tattau”, a Tahitian word which translates essentially as “to mark”. A tattoo is a pattern, picture or other mark made on the skin. These permanent marks can be made purposely, creating words or designs. However, sometimes, traumatic occurrences leave their mark on the skin as well. These undesirable, accidental tattoos are caused by the forceful penetration of the skin from foreign bodies, such as fireworks’ particles, metals, gunpowder, asphalt, or a variety of metals. This kind of tattoo can frequently be seen on victims of bicycle, motorcycle or automobile accidents.
Traumatic tattoos can be successfully treated with the Q-switched Nd: Yag and PicoWay Lasers, which we use here at Skin and Laser Dermatology Center.
If you have any tattoo you would like to have removed, the procedure will be similar to that described here. However, the exact process and techniques that are used for your tattoo removal will be outlined specifically for you when you come in for your consultation. Every patient is individual and must be treated that way.
Traumatic Tattoo Removal Procedure
First, an anesthetic cream will be rubbed into the skin where the tattoo is to be removed. A few patients will also requite an injection of lidocaine to alleviate all painful sensations.
Once the cream has taken effect the exactly modulated laser light is passed over the tattooed skin where it microscopically shatters the pigment into tiny particles, which can then be more easily eliminated by the body.
Most patients undergo a series of 10-minute treatments to achieve the most complete tattoo removal possible.
Recovery from Tattoo Removal
A mild to moderate irritation of the overlying skin is to be expected for about a following laser treatment for tattoo removal, depending on the depth of the tattoo, the particles lodged in the skin, and amount of pigment that had to be removed.
During your recovery you will be asked to wash the area with a mild soap and gently pat dry, then apply a soothing moisturizer to the skin.
Avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning for one week after your treatment.
Patients should consider the use sunscreen and fading creams after the procedure.
Strenuous exercise and alcohol intake should be avoided.
Cover-up clothing is very helpful during the healing process.
For treatment of undesirable, accidental tattoos or to simply remove any tattoo you no longer want, please give a call and schedule your consultation. Laser tattoo removal can help.