Topical Tattoo Removal vs. Laser Tattoo Removal

So you’ve got a bad tattoo and you want to get rid of it. You search the Internet to find out the best treatment, and you find a tattoo removal cream that claims it can get rid of your tattoo. The question is, does it work?

We get that question a lot. In fact, we see a lot of patients who have tried topical tattoo removal treatments that don’t deliver on their promises. Some of those topical treatments use harsh chemical ingredients that can burn the skin and even cause scarring.

If you want to get rid of a tattoo, it’s important to do your research and talk to a qualified tattoo removal expert.

Our Roanoke-based clinic specializes in laser tattoo removal, but it’s different than the traditional laser tattoo removal you’ve heard about over the years. Old school tattoo removal lasers, called Q-switched lasers, use thermal energy to heat the tattoo ink, which breaks up the pigment. This was the best technology available for laser tattoo removal for years, but it didn’t always result in a clear removal, and could sometimes cause superficial scarring that resulted from the heat.

Our tattoo removal laser, the Picosure laser system, uses ultra-short pulses of light energy to break up the ink into microscopic particles that are absorbed by the body and eliminated as waste. With this laser system, you get a clearer tattoo removal, in fewer treatments, and there’s no risk of scaring.

If you’re thinking about removing a tattoo, give us a call at (540) 283-6015 to arrange a consultation with one of our physicians. We’ll evaluate your tattoo and discuss the treatment timeline, including how many treatments you may need to achieve complete clearance.