Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- How many treatments with the ruby laser will I need?
- Will the ruby laser remove my tattoo entirely?
Pre-procedure prep for Ruby Laser: Ruby lasers cannot be used on dark or tanned skin, so avoid tanning before treatment with a ruby laser.
On the day of treatment: Your physician may instruct you to shave the area of skin that is going to be treated with the ruby laser. This helps to keep hair from interfering with the device.
What To Expect
Protective goggles are worn during treatment with a ruby laser (as they are with any type of procedure involving a laser). The laser tip is guided over your skin, stopping periodically to send a burst of targetted energy beneath the skin.
Your skin may be red, crusty, and swollen after treatment.
Who should do it: Many states allow non-medical practioners to acquire a license to operate laser devices. To ensure that your treatment is safe and effective, consult a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
Duration: The duration of your treatment depends on the size of the area on which you plan to focus the ruby laser. A life-sized dachshund tattoo on your back will take longer than a small Chinese character on your ankle.
How Painful Is It?
The ruby laser can feel a lot like snapping a thick rubber band against your skin. Thin skin, like that foundon your wrists, throat, and ankle, tends to hurt a lot more.
Options for anesthesia: Anesthesia is not technically required with the ruby laser, but it is highly recommended.