Tattoo Removal Myth Buster

Until recently, tattoo removal was a fabled notion. People used to get tattoos as permanent reminders of significant events, loved ones, or milestones in their lives. Nowadays, however, tattoos are more for show than for sentiment. And they are not always pretty, or worth keeping. Laser tattoo removal has given the people a cosmetic way out of the everlasting commitment that a tattoo once called for.

But what used to be a myth now has some myths about it as well.

If you are undecided about getting laser tattoo removal because of some ideas that you may have heard about it, we’re here to change your mind.

  • They say that later tattoo removal is exponentially more painful than actually getting the tattoo.  The fact is that laser tattoo removal is a technologically advanced procedure that has an integrated cooling device to keep the skin comfortably cool during the treatment. Local or topical anesthesia can also be used prior to the procedure to numb the treatment area.
  • They say that laser tattoo removal will leave unsightly scars on the skin. The fact is that there is a less than 5% chance that scarring will occur after the treatment. This tendency decreases significantly if the patient follows post-treatment care instructions diligently.
  • They say that tattoo removal cream preparations are a more effective way of removing tattoos. The fact is that it’s not. There is absolutely no topical cream that can effectively lighten, much less remove a tattoo, like a laser treatment can.
  • They say that there is one laser in particular that is most effective for tattoo removal. The fact is that at least five different wavelengths of laser, generally generated by two types of lasers, are required for complete tattoo removal.

To know more about laser tattoo removal, you can schedule a personal appointment with Dr. Kathleen Behr by calling at 559-435-SKIN (7546) or visiting our clinic at 1125 E. Spruce Ave. Suite 207 Fresno, CA 93720 today.

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