Generally an office visit for the removal of a tattoo begins with protective eye shields being placed on the patient so that their eyes aren’t damaged during the procedure. Topical anesthesia may be applied if the tattoo is located in a sensitive area. Most physicians will treat the area with a topical anesthetic or apply ice to the treatment area before using the laser to minimize discomfort. Talk to your physician if you are particularly sensitive to pain and would like anesthetic to be used during your procedure.
The skin is tested using a laser to determine the energy point that is most effective for treating that patient. The laser is placed near the surface of the skin and pulses against the pigment to remove it. Most patients describe the pulsing as feeling like a rubber band snapping against their skin. The tattoo generally becomes progressively lighter as it is treated with the MedLite C6 laser. Small tattoo generally require fewer visits for removal than larger tattoos. Multicolored tattoos usually take the longest to remove because of the number of pigments that must be removed from the skin.
An ice pack is generally applied to the treated area immediately following the laser treatment to soothe the skin. Your doctor will advise you to apply an antibiotic ointment or cream to the area and a patch or bandage will be placed over the affected area. Make sure to cover the treated area with sunblock if you will be out in the sun.