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What Does Tattoo Removal Feel Like?

In a United States study of people with tattoos, 2% of respondents said they have had a tattoo removed, 12% said they are considering tattoo removal, and a further 18% said they might consider tattoo removal at some point in the future. 

At the Vitality Institute of Agoura in Agoura Hills, California, Dr. Stefanie Feldman uses the Quanta Discovery Pico Plus®, a state-of-the-art laser tattoo removal system, to help patients get rid of unwanted ink. This laser treatment is designed to work well on a wide range of tattoo ink colors, as well as on different skin types.

How laser tattoo removal works

Tattoo removal can be done by completely excising the tattoo (cutting out the skin it was inked into), however laser is preferred as there is no cutting in to the skin, no skin grafts required and no surgical scars.

Laser tattoo removal systems utilize extremely rapid pulses of light at different wavelengths to penetrate the skin and target particles of ink. The ink particles break up into tiny fragments that are viewed by your body as waste, and can be carried away by your lymphatic system. 

It typically takes multiple sessions for a tattoo to be removed completely. Different wavelengths target different ink colors more effectively. Your aesthetician will advise you on how many sessions it is likely to take to remove your entire tattoo.

What does tattoo removal feel like?

Your tattoo removal can be uncomfortable, but at Vitality Institute of Agoura we do our best to make the tattoo removal experience as smooth as possible. Complimentary numbing cream is applied at each appointment and a cooler blows cold air on the tattoo during treatment. 

At Vitality Institute of Agoura, we also have PRONOX, or laughing gas available, to help you feel comfortable and pain-free during your treatment. We also advise you before and after treatment with tips on making the process as easy as possible. This includes staying out of the sun both for several weeks before and several weeks after tattoo removal sessions. 

If you are ready to talk about having a tattoo removed, contact our office at 818-208-3803 or book an appointment today using our handy online scheduling tool. 

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