Have you ever seen tattoo removal ads on the bus or subway? Today, with more and more people electing to get tattoos, demand has also increased for laser tattoo removal. Unfortunately, with this demand comesservice providers who are only out to make money, and have no qualms about performing difficult procedures with very little training. If you are considering erasing the past and getting your tattoos removed, think twice about calling the number on that ad and making an appointment–you might end up with more than you bargained for. Why? The person performing your treatment may have less experience then you think.
Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo treatments usually take 10 minutes or less. The treatment is performed by first numbing the surface of the skin with a topical anesthetic, to make the experience more comfortable for the patient. The laser is then used to break up ink pigment in the skin, which is then naturally absorbed by the body over time. Different colors respond differently to treatment, and the number of treatments required for satisfactory fading varies widely depending on the size, color and desired improvement of the tattoo. Following treatment, prescription cream, ibuprofen and ice can help alleviate post-treatment discomfort. Treatments should be spaced about two months apart.
Laser Technician Training
Despite the straightforward nature of the laser tattoo treatments, skilled application is necessary to create good results. Unfortunately, the training and certification of laser technicians is not regulated by most states. In fact, only six require that a doctor be present during the treatment. “Laser technicians” can get qualified by laser manufacturers without supervision of a medical professional, and these training programs often last only weeks. Because of this, the potential for error during treatment on actual patients is high. An inexperienced, unskilled laser technician could easily provide patients with unsatisfactory results, and at worst, cause injury and laser burns. Without proper medical training and certification, the quality of these services is dubious at best.
Doing Your Research
You can help prevent complications or ineffective outcomes by doing your research and choosing your tattoo removal specialist carefully. Though tattoo removal is much less invasive than areother plastic surgery procedures, it is usually best to see an experienced plastic surgeon to provide you with your treatments. While the initial cost for treatment with a plastic surgeonwho specializes in laser treatments is usually higher than at laser tattoo clinics, these experts give patients a great value by offering generally good results and guaranteedsafety. Doing your research is still important when choosing between plastic surgeons, but above all, speak to surgeons who are board certified and have a proven track record of good results for tattoo removal.
Massachusetts regulations on laser tattoo removal are not strict, so it can be difficult to wade through the options and find a trusted provider who can help you get the results you are looking for. If you are looking for experienced laser services in the Boston area, come to New England Tattoo Removal at Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Worcester(508-363-6500) and Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA. Voted the best plastic surgeon by Worcester Magazinein 2013 and 2014, Dr. Stuart Bentkover is highly skilled and experienced in laser treatments and tattoo removal, and will give you honest, knowledgeable advice. For the best in laser tattoo removal, call either location today to set up a consultation with Dr. Bentkover.