About Laser Tattoo Removal
Do you have tattoo regret? When you want to remove tattoos that no longer fit your personality or lifestyle, you should seek the advice and experience of a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Elliott Black or Dr. Summer Black, in Metairie, LA. Our surgeons will gladly analyze your skin and come up with a plan to rid you of your unwanted body art.
At Dr. Black Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, we use the Spectrum Q-switched 1064nm/532nm laser to break up ink fragments into particals that are able to be removed over time by the bodies natural immune system. The laser will naturally fade the color of the tattoo over time. Multiple treatments are usually required but laser tattoo removal is safe and quick, and in most cases, doesn’t leave a scar. This Q-switched laser is effective on all skin types. If you would like to learn more about how to restore your skin before that tattoo, call and schedule a private consultation with one of our plastic surgeons today.
Do I Qualify?
Patients, who practice protective skincare (sun block and limited sun exposure), make great candidates for laser tattoo removal. Our laser will work on all skin colors, as the technology will accommodate the different types and tones of skin color. There are other limitations to who can or cannot have laser tattoo removal, but our plastic surgeon will discuss your qualifications at a private consultation, and may need to suggest other possible treatments.
"I've been a patient of Dr Summer Blacks for about 4 years and I would never go anywhere else. I am ALWAYS ecstatic with her work and have had Botox and Restylane filler in my cheeks and lips. Dr Black is not only a total perfectionist but she becomes a friend you feel comfortable confiding in and sharing your life with. I would recommend Dr Black to my own mother....and in fact I did! Now we are both her patients who regularly visit her for all our anti-aging facial perfecting cosmetic work."- A.R. / Google / Feb 06, 2017
"BEST by far.... everything was perfect, scarring was MINIMAL!! I would HIGHLY recommend them!"- D.P. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
"Dr Black did my face and its wonderful,!!Great people! he and his daughter."- B.V. / Google / Nov 06, 2019
"Dr. Black and Dr. Summer were amazing leading up to the day of my surgery. Dr. Black gave me his cell phone number and checked up on me. I am more then happy with my results. If you were looking to have any breast surgery I highly recommend Dr. Black and Dr Summer."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Nov 05, 2019
"Excited to See - I'll keep you updated as the results appear, but I can at least review the actual process itself. Black's office is great, wait times are low, they're really nice and very real with what to expect. Dr. Black did a consultation and let me know I would be a great candidate for flank Sculpsure. She specified that Sculpsure works best on thinner women with isolated areas of fat. They were great to talk to and I immediately trusted them and was excited to get rolling, which is unusual for me because I've had a lot of unimpressive consults including for Coolsculpting. Less than a week later I had 2 applicators (or 1/2 a full panel) applied on each hip at the same time. They consulted me repeatedly on where exactly I wanted to be reduced on my hips so they could place appropriately. For me, I just wanted the overhanging "bumps" from my love handles to be reduced so that I didn't have double hips when I wear bodycon dresses. The treatment itself was supposed to be somewhat painful, but I took an Advil beforehand and found it uncomfortable but tolerable. Just when I would start to get close to hurting the machine would cycle back to cool. Afterward, they used a massager to dislodge the fat cells, which was uncomfortable but not painful. I was also told I could return to use this massage machine 3 times in the next couple of weeks for max effect. All told I was in and out in less than an hour and back at work feeling zero lingering pain.For aftercare, I will continue to massage the area and drink water. I will update with before/after photos when I have them, but I don't fully expect results until sometime after my second session 12 weeks from now. Nonetheless, the process was nothing to be upset about so if you're worried about pain, take a couple of Advil before like I did!"- T. / RealSelf / Oct 21, 2019
What to Expect
Once you are cleared for the laser tattoo removal process, we will begin your treatment sessions. We will clean the area of your skin where the tattoo is located. The laser will then pass over the surface of the tattoo with an emitting laser or pulsed light. Depending on the size and color of your body art, you may have a very short treatment time, or an extended length of time to cover the area. If you are unable to tolerate the pain of the laser on your skin (it will sting), we can offer you a topical anesthetic cream to limit the pain. Once the laser treatment is over, an ointment is applied to the skin with a bandage to keep it protected. This process may need to be repeated multiple times to be effective, and our plastic surgeon can discuss that with you at the consultation.
When multiple treatments are required (2 – 15), you will not have them all at once. We will need to schedule them 4 – 7 weeks apart. The visibility of the tattoo will decrease with each laser treatment session. Many patients experience some swelling, redness, and sensitivity to the area treated. It may also feel like you have a sunburn, with the skin crusting on the surface. The area will also itch as it heals. Be very careful not to damage the area with scratching.
If laser treatments are not effective in removing your tattoo, our plastic surgeon can make suggestions that may make a bigger impact. From the most invasive (surgical excision) to less invasive laser treatments, we will provide a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
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Restore Your Skin
Think of laser tattoo removal as a second chance for a clean slate. At Dr. Black Plastic and Cosmetic surgery office, we have an experienced, compassionate staff, who can help you reveal your skin without the body art. If you are considering tattoo removal like the many men and women that have visited us from New Orleans, Metairie, Houma, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Covington and beyond please come in for a free consultation. Call today and schedule a consultation. We would be happy to help.