Laser Treatments for Tattoo and Lesion Removal

Tattoo and lesion removal is offered by expert UW Health dermatologists in Madison, Wisconsin, using the latest advanced laser techniques.
 
Tattoos don't have to last forever. During a tattoo removal at UW Health, a hand piece is placed against the surface of the skin and a laser light removes the tattoo. This procedure often requires several visits, but with each visit patients notice the tattoo is progressively lighter.
 
Patients also come to us because they would like the removal of a vascular lesion, or an abnormally large amount of blood vessels located directly under the surface of the skin. Our removal process is easy, and consists of using a laser beam to remove unwanted cells while leaving healthy cells intact.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
How does a laser treatment remove a tattoo?
 
Advances in medicine now make it possible for physicians to supplement surgical tattoo removal with laser technology, leaving patients with minimal pain and scarring. Laser treatments use a high-energy beam of light that transfers energy into select areas of tissue, treating damaged skin and preserving healthy tissue.

During tattoo removal, a hand piece is placed against the surface of the skin and a beam of energy targets and vaporizes the upper layers of skin where the tattoo was first applied. Your doctor will concentrate the laser on only the tattoo to ensure that no damage and little scarring to surrounding tissue occur.
 
How many times will it take for a laser treatment to fully remove a tattoo?
 
Many patients must receive between eight and twelve laser treatments before the skin is left clear and uniform. The number of treatments depends on the size and depth of tattoo within the upper skin layers. The tattoo will become progressively lighter with each treatment.
 
How does a laser treatment remove a skin lesion?
 
Patients also seek removal of vascular lesions, or abnormally large amounts of blood vessels, located directly under the skin's surface. Your physician will use a laser beam to remove unwanted cells while leaving healthy cells intact.
 
What should I expect following a laser treatment?
 
You may find that the area looks red or mildly sun-burnt for several weeks. Bruising and slight bleeding are also common side effects. You can treat the area with antibiotic ointment and a bandage if necessary.