If you have unwanted tattoos, laser tattoo removal offers a way to leave that ink behind. Tattoo removal is one of many aesthetic services available from Haritha Mikkilineni (Dr. Mikki), MD, of Medrein Health & Aesthetics in Southlake, Texas. Book your visit today to learn how tattoo removal can help you reach your goals.
In order to understand why tattoos are permanent, it helps to think about the way your body’s immune system attacks foreign invaders. If your system perceives an injury or intrusion, it launches a swift immune response to clear that substance from your body.
This begins with a rush of macrophage cells to the area. These special cells essentially “consume” the invading substance, moving it through your lymphatic system and eventually exiting the body.
When you get a tattoo, a motorized needle moves quickly into and out of your skin, depositing ink into the deeper layers. This prompts your immune system to try and clear the ink. While some smaller ink particles are effectively carried away, most of the ink particles are too large to be effectively moved.
They remain in place, trapped in the dermal layers of your skin where they are visible on the surface.
Laser tattoo removal works by blasting apart the ink particles within your tattoo. This makes them small enough for your body to effectively remove them through your lymphatic system.
The treatment laser creates heat in the deeper layers of your skin, but the surface remains at a safe and comfortable temperature. Each treatment addresses the ink particles closest to your skin's surface, so it often takes multiple treatments to fully remove a tattoo.
You may feel a stinging or mild burning sensation during treatments, but there is no significant pain.
Just as no two tattoos are ever exactly alike, laser tattoo removal is also highly unique. The number and duration of your treatments depend on several factors.
Some of the issues that affect how many laser tattoo removal treatments you need include:
Medrein Health & Associates offers two different types of lasers for tattoo removal. Dr. Mikki chooses the laser best suited for your tattoo, and many patients benefit from using both lasers for different parts of a highly colored tattoo.
To learn more or to book your laser tattoo removal visit, call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool to find a time that fits your busy life.