Why the Best Option for Tattoo Removal in Houston is Laser Treatments
When patients in Houston decide they want to remove a tattoo, they face an important decision. Many of them may regret both the decision to get a tattoo as well as the particular tattoo they chose. Some may be very happy with some of their tattoos, but dislike the design, durability, or location of a single tattoo.
When thinking about removing this tattoo, patients would do well to consider laser tattoo removal. Magical creams are heavily advertised online and on the radio, but they are little more than gimmicks that will leave you with sore skin, an empty wallet, and your original tattoo six months down the road. Laser tattoo removal is a cosmetic medical procedure that will gently remove your tattoo with an FDA-approval medical laser. Tattoo removal lasers work by breaking up the ink in a tattoo, enabling the body to flush the ink away in the days and weeks after the treatment.
1) Tattoo removal lasers are very effective at breaking down the ink in an unwanted tattoo. Generally, two wavelengths of light are used to break down a wide spectrum of tattoo ink. The 1064nm wavelength is used for darker colors – black, dark blue, brown, purple, and similar colors. The 532nm wavelength is used for red, orange, green, yellow, and other lighter colors. The most difficult colors to remove are light green and blue-green/teal/turquoise.
2) Top tattoo removal clinics will be able to remove a tattoo with minor side effects. The most common side effects, when a modern tattoo removal laser is used (such as Astanza’s Trinity) include redness and swelling. In the case of some dark tattoos and most light tattoos, some blistering may occur for up to a week after the treatment. These side effects are part of the normal healing process – the body is responding to the laser treatment by activating tools that will flush away the ink that has been broken down. There is almost no risk of scarring when the clinic uses a late-model laser – be aware of old equipment that looks like it came from the 1970s or 1980s.
3) Alternative medical or surgical treatments involve long-term side effects that are unnecessary. Prior methods of removing tattoo, including dermabrasion, cryosurgery, and excision used to be the only method of removing a tattoo. Cryosurgery involved freezing the skin then peeling away layers to eliminate the tattoo. Excision was another surgical procedure that cut out the skin containing the tattoo and either sewing the skin together or grafting skin to cover the area. Dermabrasion is still used to remove a tattoo, but the effects on the skin (significant abrasion of the skin, scarring) in addition to the ineffectiveness in removing tattoos completely make it an undesirable choice.
4) Non-medical “creams” don’t work. Unsavory marketers push mysterious “tattoo removal creams” that claim to make your tattoo vanish. How this actually works is unclear and an examination of the components of these products leads to a lot of questions on how they could possibly remove tattoo pigment. Some of our Houston patients have tried these creams, and after spending several hundred dollars they’ve come to us for a medical treatment that’s been proven and has real science behind it.
5) The price of laser tattoo removal is now quite reasonable. Houston tattoo removal clinics like New Look Laser Tattoo Removal offer reasonable rates for their services that are affordable on almost every budget. The cost of each session depends on the size of the tattoo, but the average session is only 100 -200 dollars.