You may think you want your tattoo forever but it’s good to know you have an alternative with laser tattoo removal. At Anderson MedSpa, we use the Harmony® XL laser system by Alma lasers to safely and effectively minimize or eliminate tattoo inks in the skin. The Harmony XL targets and heats the tattoo pigment without affecting the skin until the pigment is broken down into particles that are small enough to be naturally processed out of the body. Certain ink colors, such as red, blue, and green, can be more difficult to remove, but the Harmony XL can produce dramatic results after multiple treatment sessions.
What to Expect
First, the tattoo and skin are cleaned. The laser hand piece glides over the surface of the tattoo emitting pulses of light. The size and color of the tattoo determine the length of treatment time and total number of treatments. A tattoo the size of a quarter would take approximately 3-5 minutes to treat. Some patients request a topical anesthetic cream to minimize the stinging effect of the laser. Many patients tolerate treatment without topical anesthetic, and report the treatment as feeling similar to rubber band snaps. An ointment is applied following treatment to keep the area moist, and then it is covered with a protective dressing.