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
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"I had a consultation with Doctor Black in October. She was knowledgeable and experienced with the type of surgery I needed to have performed. She arranged for surgery to be performed within days of the consultation. Following surgery, the follow up care I received from Dr Black was exceptional. She was easily accessible by phone and texts. The response time from Dr Black was generally within minutes of receiving my communication to her. I would highly recommend Dr Black for surgical procedures. I would also highly recommend the Crescent City Surgical Center for surgery."- D.R. / Google / Nov 30, 2023
"My experience with Dr. Black was amazing. She was so personable, explained everything, answered all questions and checked on me personally after my procedure. Her staff was so kind and helpful, I cant say enough good things about Dr Black and her staff."- S.T. / Healthgrades / Nov 08, 2023
"Breast implant removal - very comfortable and accommodating - Dr. Black is an excellent Plastic Surgeon. Her intentionality to listen and discuss thoroughly all of my concerns and questions was my deciding factor in choosing her. She took the time to hear me and share with me pictures, details and procedures thoroughly. I felt confident I was making the right decision. My surgery was scheduled quickly and the surgery center was very comfortable and accommodating. Great staff who communicated all details thoroughly and I was able to speak with her in person outside of office hours regarding any questions/concerns. I am thankful for my experience and my health and recovery."- M. / RealSelf / Feb 22, 2023
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.