Laser Tattoo Removal
TODAY YOU HAVE IT, TOMORROW IT’S GONE
First comes the romance… then the mystery… then the body art… and then come the dreams, empowered by the feelings of destiny unfolding…
What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
We get it… Using your body as a canvass to express your purpose in life is a magical process and a powerful experience. For some it connects you to cultures all around the world and throughout history who found similar meaning in carrying the power and magic of art, as a part of your body… even if no one sees it but you.
But then, for whatever reason, the time arrives… and you want to clear the canvass. It’s time for tattoo removal.
Just a few years ago you would have been stuck… as there was nothing you could do about it… and then you were left with the bitterness of terrible regret.
Then there were lasers that could clear most of the ink… though it took many painful treatments and often left a shadow of certain colors that were hard to clear.
And Now…. There is the newly invented PICO laser, which can give you the best results ever, with fewer and less painful laser tattoo removal treatments.
Even better… if you want, the treatments can be entirely painless, by having our physicians anesthetize your skin during the procedure.
YOUR LASER TATTOO REMOVAL EXPERIENCE
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HOW MANY LASER TATTOO REMOVAL TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The number of treatments depends on your tattoo’s age, size, type, depth of ink, quality of the ink, quantity of the ink and location of the tattoo.
HOW DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WORK?
Laser tattoo removal works by targeting pigments that are found in tattoo ink. Each color will absorb a specific wave frequency of laser energy/light. Therefore, if your tattoo has many colors, you will need specific lasers with different frequencies of energy/light that will be absorbed by each color ink.
When the tattoo ink absorbs the correct frequency of laser light, the ink molecules are either vaporized or shattered depending on the “speed / length” of the laser pulse. Either way, once the ink has been disrupted, your body’s immune system will absorb the ink fragments and dissolve them away.
The most common type of lasers used for tattoo removal are:
The Q-switch: It produces energy pulses that are measured in thousands of a second
The Pico: It produces energy pulses in billionth of a second.
WHAT COLOR TATTOOS RESPOND BEST TO LASER TREATMENT?
Black and blue respond the best while red, purple or orange present more of a challenge.
Historically, yellow and green are the most difficult to “erase”. However, with the invention of the PICO laser, these colors are also being successfully treated, even though they may require 2-3 extra sessions to remove a residual shadow that may appear.
DO ALL TATTOOS RESPOND TO LASER TREATMENT?
Amateur or poorly applied tattoos may not respond as well as professional tattoos.
A number of factors influence this difficultly, such as poor-quality ink, or ink that is inserted too deep in the skin where lasers cannot effectively penetrate.
WILL I BLEED?
You may see slight bleeding, redness, swelling, and blistering for several hours up to 3 days following treatment.
WHAT WILL MY SKIN LOOK LIKE AFTER THE TREATMENT?
For 2-3 weeks following your treatment, you may see, peeling, and/or scabbing and/or flaking of the treated area. Be gentle. NO scrubbing! While the treatment site is healing, avoid sun. Keep the area clean and well moisturized with a cream that allows your skin to breath! (Not Vaseline or other petroleum jellies)
When the site is completely healed, you are ready for another treatment.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER THE LASER TATTOO REMOVAL TREATMENT?
Immediately after the procedure, the treated area will have a whitish / grey or red discoloration with pinpoint bleeding. There may also be some blistering or slight oozing. Localized swelling it typical and may last 3-5 days.
Most practices will provide the patient with topical antibiotic ointment and a soothing moisturizer that keeps the area from dying out. Icing may also speed up recovery, and over the counter pain medications such as Tylenol can help “take the edge off”.
The most important recovery protocol is to use common sense. Don’t aggravate the treated skin. Keep it clean. Protect it from contamination. Protect it from drying out. Keep it out of the sun. DON’T PICK AT IT!!!