Do you have a tattoo that no longer suits your aesthetics or lifestyle? If so, laser tattoo removal is a great way to achieve a clean slate and is among the services available from the team at IMAC Med Spa in Newhall, California. If you’d like to explore tattoo removal options in greater detail, call the office today to set up your visit, or spend a few moments on the online booking tool.
To understand why tattoos are such a lasting form of body modification, it helps to think about how tattoos are created. Once you decide on what type of art you’d like, the tattoo artist prepares your skin by wiping it down with an antibacterial solution.
A mechanized needle punctures the surface of your skin and delivers ink into the derma, which is the second layer of your skin. Your immune system perceives each of these micropunctures as a tiny injury and launches a swift immune response.
White blood cells are dispatched to the tattoo site and absorb the foreign ink particles. These particles are deposited into your bloodstream and eventually removed from your body through your lymphatic system.
The reason tattoos remain visible is that some of the ink particles are simply too large for your body to eliminate them effectively. They remain trapped in your dermal skin layer, where they are visible through the epidermis (the outermost layer of your skin).
Left alone, tattoos will linger for the rest of your life. They may bleed or fade over time, but the majority of the ink will remain trapped in your skin.
Laser tattoo removal offers the chance to remove those ink particles permanently. When you come into IMAC Med Spa for laser tattoo removal, your practitioner uses state-of-the-art technology to direct concentrated beams of light to the area of your skin where the tattoo ink is visible.
The laser is drawn to the darker ink particles, where the light is converted into heat. That heat shatters the ink particles into smaller pieces. Just like when you initially got your tattoo, your body once again kicks in to try and clear the ink particles.
This time, because the particles have been broken into smaller pieces, more of them can be cleared from your body.
Most people need more than one treatment to remove a tattoo fully. Body art that was placed deep within the skin or tattoos that use darker ink or bolder lines will require more sessions than those that are light, shaded, or have less dense inking.
It’s important to understand that it takes time for your body to fully eliminate ink particles after laser tattoo removal. You might notice improvements just days after your first session, and it’s not uncommon for certain areas of a tattoo to respond more quickly than others.
During each session, your practitioner will adjust the laser tattoo removal process to address the remaining ink. When you come in for an initial consultation, you’ll learn the estimated number of treatments as well as the overall treatment time to fully remove your tattoo.
When you’re ready to leave unwanted ink behind, call the office to set up a visit. Online booking is also an option and takes very little time to complete.