Are you someone who turned 18 and immediately went out and got a tattoo just to prove your newfound adulthood? Did you put much thought into that tattoo, or did you just pick the first good thing out of the book the tattoo artist handed you? According to the FDA, one out of eight people regret getting at least one of their tattoos. Many Orange County men and women make the decision to get a tattoo early on in life, and then later realize it wasn’t the best idea. Or maybe you just don’t like where you chose to have it etched, or you’re not fond of the image you picked out all those years ago. If you’re just over it, and you’re ready to rid yourself of that bad decision, keep reading to learn how Dermatologist Dr. Sikorski of Natural Image OC can help you erase that tattoo for good!
Does Tattoo Removal Hurt?
Many Orange County men and women are reluctant to have their tattoo removed because they’ve heard horror stories about how badly it hurts and the scarring that can be left behind. Those are stories of old, and even if you’ve attempted to have a tattoo removed using the less effective and harmful methods of years past, you may still be eligible for laser tattoo removal using the Genesis Pico Laser.
With today’s advanced technology, tattoo removal is minimally painful and does not damage your skin in the process. Many of Dr. Sikorski’s Orange County patients say that laser tattoo removal feels like the quick snap of a rubber band on their skin resulting in just a small amount of discomfort that quickly subsides. If you have sensitive skin, Natural Image OC can provide you with topical numbing cream to make you more comfortable.
Side Effects of Tattoo Removal
While Dr. Sikorski uses the Pico Genesis Laser, which is the latest in laser technology on the market today, there is still the potential for side effects, though they are not common. Some of the possible side effects of laser tattoo removal are:
- Redness or tenderness
- Blistering or scabbing
- Hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation
The good news is that most of these side effects are temporary and subside within hours or days. However, hyperpigmentation, which is when the body overproduces melanin in the skin in response to the laser and the treated area is left darker than the surrounding skin, and hypopigmentation, which is when the melanin in the skin is depleted from the laser and leaves the treated skin lighter than it previously was, typically take longer to go away. These annoying color changes are more obvious in Orange County people with darker skin tones but generally, do fade over time. If you experience hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, it may take longer for your tattoo to be completely removed. Dr. Sikorski is most concerned with your overall health, so to ensure no permanent damage is done to the skin in the treatment area, you will have to wait longer between sessions to allow your skin to heal.
Make Your Initial Consultation Today
Dr. Sikorski is excited to discuss your tattoo removal during a one-on-one meeting in her office. During your initial consultation, you will be able to ask her questions, meet her staff and take a tour of the office and surgical site.
If you’re tired of looking at that regrettable ink, don’t torture yourself any longer! Call Dr. Sikorski at her practice in the Orange County area today at (949) 448-0487.
*Statements taken from Genesis Pico website.