This laser aims at the colored pigments in the skin coming from the tattoo and as well the melanin occurring in the skin.
The Q-Switched Laser is used for removal of brown spots on the face, chest, hands and arms and for tattoo removal. This laser is a safe and effective method of treating age spots and tattoos. Possible side effects include blistering and crusting after the treatment.
For laser treatment of tattoos, the skin is numbed with a local anesthetic. This ensures patient comfort during the treatment. Small brown spots or age spots do not usually require a local anesthetic.
The skin being lasered must not be tanned. If you have a history of cold sores in the area to be treated, a prescription for an anti-viral medication will be given to you by Dr. Calderon the day before the laser procedure and taken for a few days afterwards.
After the local anesthetic is applied, we protect your eyes before starting the laser procedure.
The length of this treatment varies depending on the size of the area being treated. A few age spots may be lasered in a few minutes; a large tattoo may require 30 minutes or longer. Most age spots require only one treatment. Tattoos require several treatments, which would be determined by Dr. Calderon.
The treated skin becomes red immediately after the procedure. An antibiotic ointment will be applied to the area. Some redness and crusting may last for 7–14 days.
You will be instructed to apply the antibiotic ointment to the area after the treatment each day. It is important to protect all your skin from the sun using a sunscreen with an SPF of 20 or higher every day and wear sun protective clothing.
Most tattoos are considerably improved, and many are completely removed. Some areas may show a “shadow” of the former tattoo, which gradually clears. Some tattoo pigment colors are more easily removed than others.