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
"Dr. Black hands down was the best. She was very attentive to all my questions. The office staff was great as well. I am so Thankful I found her! Thank You Dr. Black I couldn't be happier with the end results."- T.L. / Google / Dec 16, 2019
"Dr Black is very patient, explains and makes you feel like family."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Dec 10, 2019
"Finally - I’ve been unhappy with my body for so many years, but when I entered my fifties things really took a turn for the worse. I’m a wife, mom of 2, grand mom of 3, am 52, 5’1”, 120 pounds and I’m very physically active. I hit the gym 3-5 times per week - mostly cardio - and of course none of that work could fix my low lying breasts or the loose, stretch marked skin on my flabby looking stomach. As we ladies do, there have been conversations between friends about wish lists. You know, if I could have anything done what would it be? Dr. Eileen Summer Black’s name came up quite a few times, as some of my friends had already had their wish lists fulfilled, and Dr. Black seemed to be well loved by all. I decided to go for it. I spoke to my wonderful husband, who by the way, thinks the whole idea of cosmetic surgery is crazy, and he was supportive even if he didn’t get it. My mom agreed to help me out at home while I recovered too. I met with Dr. Black and we made plans to do a breast lift without implants, a tummy tuck with muscle repair, and Lipo. My surgery was scheduled for 12/3. It’s now 12/6 and I’m 3 days out. I showered for the first time yesterday and as it was the first time I’ve taken off my post surgery bra, I finally saw my boobs. Wow, talk about perky! They are sitting high and are still swollen so I’m sure there will he changes in the coming months. I still have surgical tape on my TT incision and the drain is there as well. From what I can see my tummy is very swollen so I’m not making any judgements yet. Dr. Black has been wonderful. She’s checked in with me even though she’s on a family vacation. Seriously - her office is amazing. Everyone there is kind and compassionate. I do want to mention the pain. There has been absolutely no pain from my breast lift. And I’m serious - NONE. Now my stomach is another animal altogether. Yeow!! The pain is real. Luckily Dr. Black uses exparel to numb you up post surgery. It lasted about 48 hours then the fun began. I feel like a big baby. I knew there would be pain, but had no idea what it would feel like. It’s bad. I stopped taking prescription pain meds after the first day and am taking extra strength Tylenol now. As I still haven’t had a BM I just don’t want to make that any worse. I’ll be taking Miralax this morning and I’ll move around a little more today. I’ll post again soon. Also, thanks to all you wonderful ladies who’ve posted your experiences!"- T. / RealSelf / Dec 06, 2019
"BEST by far.... everything was perfect, scarring was MINIMAL!! I would HIGHLY recommend them!"- D.P. / Google / Nov 23, 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.