How do lasers remove unwanted pigments in the skin ?
Laser therapy is one of the most exciting treatments for removing such unwanted skin pigments as birthmarks, age spots, freckles and tattoos. Lasers work by emitting a specialized light that passes through the skin and is preferentially absorbed by its target, which can be an unwanted hair, vein, or in this case, the unwanted pigment (either natural melanin or tattoo ink) in the skin. The laser causes the pigments to break up and disappear, leaving you with smooth, clear skin. There are several lasers available that work remarkably well in treating unwanted pigmentation.
Which laser should I choose ?
There are a wide variety of laser/light sources to treat unwanted pigmentation and tattoos. This allows doctors to treat the widest variety of patients and situations. Each option performs best for different types of patients and needs. your doctor will assess the laser that is best for you.
What can I expect from the procedure ?
Most people describe the treatment as feeling like the light snap of a rubber band against the skin. you may be given a topical anesthetic cream to numb the area to be treated. Any discomfort can be eased with the application of cool compresses. After treatment, you can immediately return to your normal activities.
Will insurance cover this procedure ?
Laser treatments of tattoos and pigments, like other cosmetic procedures, are not usually covered by your insurance company. If you have any questions, it is best to talk with your provider