A mistake as a teenager, the name of your ex…many people find themselves regretting all or part of body art.  Dr. Rokhsar has successfully removed thousands of tattoos using the Q-switched laser.  The laser energy targets only the pigmented ink of the tattoo, not the surrounding skin.  The laser energy breaks the ink down into tiny particles.  The body then naturally ‘digests’ these particles even further. The tattoo will fade and eventually completely disappear.  It is very rare that it is impossible to completely remove a tattoo.  This process does take time and multiple treatments in order to remove a tattoo completely.

Many factors are involved in determining the amount of treatments you will need.  These factors include the amount of ink used, the depth of the tattoo, the colors in the tattoo, and the color of your skin. Some patients have a noticeable difference after each treatment while others will only see changes after multiple treatments.

Avoid sun for at least two weeks before treatment and for the duration of the treatment- sun exposure can interfere with the laser’s effectiveness.  Do not take Advil, Motrin, Alleve, or Ibuprofen one week prior to treatment.

Most patients only have a small amount of discomfort during the procedure.  We use a numbing cream prior to treatment as well as a cooling device during treatment; both minimize any possible discomfort.  The numbing cream is left on for up to one hour.  The actual treatment time takes anywhere from 10 minutes and up, depending on the size and location of the treatment area.

After a tattoo removal session, you may apply ice compresses as needed.  The tattoo will have a topical antibiotic ointment on it and the area will be covered with gauze.  You will be given additional ointment and gauze to replace the dressing as needed.  It is best to avoid exercise, swimming, and excess heat (i.e., saunas, hot showers).  Swimming should be avoided for the duration of your treatment sessions.

Post treatment, you can resume your schedule of normal activities.  If you notice any blisters, do not pick them- this puts you at higher risk for infection and scarring.  Never use harsh scrubs or abrasive washcloths on the treatment area.  Protecting the treated area from the sun is absolutely necessary- even after the treatment sessions are finished and healing is complete, be sure to wear sunblock on the treated area.