Tattoo Removal

Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine

Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine located in Lexington, KY

Does a tattoo you once loved now make you cringe? If so, laser tattoo removal is available from the team at Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky. Laser technology has made it easy to erase unwanted tattoos and give you a clean slate. Even if you’ve been told previously that your tattoo cannot be removed, the latest lasers offer a world of possibilities. To learn more, book an appointment at Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery, either online or by phone.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine uses a Q-switched YAG/KTP laser for tattoo-removal treatments. This technology offers dual wavelengths of light to remove many different types of tattoo pigments.

Before your session, a lidocaine injection and a topical numbing cream work to numb the treatment area. You may feel a sensation of warmth as the laser pulses, but the process will not be painful.

The laser delivers pulses of light into your skin. That light, and the resulting heat, is absorbed by the ink particles in your tattoo. The energy from the laser shatters the ink into incredibly small particles, which your body is able to absorb.

Your immune system kicks in to flush away the shattered ink particles. Once your skin heals, you can return for another treatment that targets any remaining ink particles.

How long will it take to completely remove my tattoo?

This is a simple question with a complex answer. Laser tattoo removal is different from one person to the next, and even from one of your tattoos to the next.   

These factors influence the number of treatments needed to completely remove a tattoo:

  • Your skin type
  • Whether the tattoo is layered over a previous tattoo
  • Location on your body
  • How much ink was used, and whether it was professionally done
  • The color of the ink
  • How well your body responds to the treatment

It can be frustrating to begin the process without a clear understanding of how long it will take before your tattoo is fully removed. However, you’ll be able to see your tattoo fading between sessions so you know progress is being made.

Will I have scarring from tattoo removal?

Scarring is rare with Q-switched laser tattoo removal. That said, if you already have scarring from when your tattoo was applied, that scarring will remain after your body eliminates the ink. That may not be a concern if you plan to cover the area with a new tattoo.

However, if you want to improve the appearance of scarring, CO2 laser treatments can help break down scar tissue. You’ll have to wait until your tattoo removal process is complete and your body has fully healed before beginning CO2 laser sessions.

To learn more or get started, schedule an appointment with Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine online or by phone.