Can you use laser tattoo removal on eyeball tattoos?
No! This is because of how laser tattoo removal works.
The pigments in a tattoo absorb the light in the laser, which shatters the ink particles into smaller molecules to be removed by the lymphatic system. The process works great on the skin to gradually fade the tattoo.
However, our eyeballs are lined with pigments that will also absorb the laser. If you use lasers on the eyeball, the pigments will explode and cause an explosion of the eyeball.
Can you get a new tattoo on the same spot as a lasered tattoo?
Yes, you can get a new tattoo in the same place where you had an old one removed.
However, we recommend that you wait six months before putting on the new ink so your body can remove as much of the old ink particles as possible, and the area can heal completely.
It’s a good idea to get a thumbs-up from your laser tattoo removal technician during your follow-up visit before you start working on a new tattoo.
There should be no blistering, scarring, or bleeding on the treatment area. Even minor scar tissue can create an uneven surface that will impact how the ink distributes and how your new tattoo will look. Not to mention, scar tissue that rests on your nerve endings can make the tattooing process more painful.
Is it worth getting laser tattoo removal before a cover-up?
Definitely, yes! By being proactive about your cover-up and fading the old tattoo first, you give your tattoo artist a new canvas to work with.
In fact, most tattoo artists recommend fading out the existing design with laser tattoo removal before laying on new ink to achieve better results. Here’s why:
- An existing tattoo that hasn’t been faded out will require more ink that’s darker and bolder for a cover-up. This will limit the color and design of the new tattoo, hindering your tattoo artist’s creativity.
- Covering up an unlasered tattoo requires more time and work because it has to be darker and larger. As such, it typically takes longer and costs more.
How long does laser tattoo removal take?
It varies depending on your tattoo and overall health.
Each tattoo removal session lasts anywhere from 30 seconds for a small design to about five minutes for a larger area. You’ll need a few treatment sessions to completely remove a tattoo. Treatments should be spaced no closer than six weeks apart, and most people need about eight sessions, depending on the type of lasers used.
The process of removing a tattoo completely can take up to a year or two, depending on the depth and density of the tattoo, ink composition, ink location, as well as your health and lifestyle choices since the lymphatic system is responsible for flushing out the ink particles.
To speed up the process, you can improve your immune health by doing a detox before your treatment, following an exercise regimen, and massaging the treatment area to improve circulation.
Will laser tattoo removal increase skin cancer risk?
No, it won’t! The lasers used in tattoo removal don’t emit UV rays, which are a major cause of skin cancer.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, laser tattoo removal isn’t known to increase skin cancer risk. The laser machines used by reputable providers are FDA approved, which indicates that this tattoo removal method “complies with agency requirements for safety and effectiveness.”
What is “frosting” in laser tattoo removal?
During the treatment session, you may notice white residue after a laser has been applied to the ink beneath the skin. This frosting effect is caused by steam and small gas bubbles rising to the surface of the skin and being trapped in the epidermis. These bubbles appear white and opaque, making your skin look like it’s covered by chalk.
This frosting is caused by rapid local healing of the treatment area when the ink particles are broken up. It’s completely natural and not a cause for concern. It typically lasts about 5-10 minutes following treatment and is most prominent after the first session.
Some consider frosting a positive sign because it indicates the laser has successfully reacted with the ink under the skin. While there’s no reason to be alarmed, don’t hesitate to check with your technician if you have doubts or experience prolonged discomfort after a session.
What does laser tattoo removal feel like?
Most of our clients say that laser tattoo removal is equally or less painful than getting a tattoo. Some people liken it to getting snapped by a rubber band or having hot grease hitting the skin. Afterward, the treated area can feel like having a sunburn.
Bonier areas (neck, ankles, fingers) tend to hurt more than areas with more fat (arms, thighs). The body parts that hurt the most during laser tattoo removal are joints, the area around the armpit, ribs, the sternum, anywhere on the head, fingers, and feet.
A reputable laser removal service often offers pain management options. Before and after the session, the treatment area is iced to cool and numb the skin. During the session, a machine called a Zimmer may be used to blow freezing air onto the treatment area to keep the client cool and comfortable.