It is estimated that close to 25% of the U.S. population has some sort of tattoo. Eventually, it is estimated that as many as 50% of them will want to have laser tattoo removal. So say goodbye to that mistake, ex’s name or tattoo preventing you from joining the military or getting the job that you want. There is no need to feel stuck with ink you don’t want; we can help you!
Newer laser tattoo removal techniques can eliminate your tattoo with minimal side effects. Here’s how it works: lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment colors of the tattoo with a high-intensity light beam.
We use the PicoSure laser. Until the launch of PicoSure, Q-Switched lasers had been considered the gold standard for removing tattoos. Q-switched laser treatments use thermal energy to heat up and break apart the ink particles. Now with PicoSure, ultra-short pulses (one trillionth of a second in length!) hit the ink particle with a pressure so great, the ink shatters into tiny dust-like particles. Because the particles are so small, they are more readily absorbed and eliminated by the body. This can mean better clearance of the tattoo and less treatments overall!
Your tattoo is unique in many ways and we work with you to determine your desired results. Before removing or fading unwanted ink, you will meet with one of our medical professionals to determine pricing and any questions regarding your treatments. You can call, email or use the online link to make an appointment for your consultation.
- Who Can Benefit From Laser Tattoo Removal?
Because each tattoo is unique, removal techniques must be tailored to suit each individual case. In the past, tattoos could be removed by a wide variety of methods but, in many cases, the scars were more unsightly than the tattoo itself.
Patients with previously treated tattoos may also be candidates for laser therapy. Tattoos that have not been effectively removed by other treatments or through home remedies may respond well to laser therapy providing the prior treatments did not result in excessive scarring. Our medical grade Obagi products will assist with healing and previous scarring either from previous alternate attempts at tattoo removal or from scarring due to the tattooing process. Dermatix Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment gel is a clinically proven, convenient, and cosmetically elegant treatment option for managing scars.
- What Can I Expect During Laser Tattoo Removal?
Depending on the size and color of your tattoo, the number of treatments will vary. Your tattoo may be removed in two to four sessions, though it may take up to as many as 10 sessions. We require you schedule a consultation, during which time one of our trained professionals will evaluate your personal situation and advise you on the process.
Treatment with the laser varies from patient to patient depending on the age, size, and type of tattoo (amateur or professional), the color of the your skin, your health, as well as the depth to which the tattoo pigment extends.
In general, this is what will happen during an office visit for tattoo removal using our lasers:
– We place ice on the area before treatment. During the treatment we cryogenically cool the area to decrease the sensation felt.
– Protective eye shields are placed.
– The skin’s reaction to the laser is tested to determine the most effective energy for treatment.
– The treatment itself consists of placing a hand piece against the surface of the skin and activating the laser light. As many patients describe it, each pulse feels like a grease splatter or the snapping of a rubber band against the skin.
– Smaller tattoos require fewer pulses while larger ones require more. In either case, the tattoo requires several treatments and multiple visits. At each treatment, the tattoo should become progressively lighter.
– Immediately following treatment, an ice pack is applied to soothe the treated area. The patient will then be asked to apply a topical antibiotic cream or ointment. A bandage or patch will be used to protect the site and it should likewise be covered with a sun block when out in the sun.
– You may not require any anesthesia. However, depending on the location of the tattoo and your pain threshold, the physician may elect to use some form of anesthesia (topical anesthesia cream at the site of the procedure).
- What Are the Possible Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal?
There are minimal side effects to laser tattoo removal. However, you should consider these factors in your decision:
– The tattoo removal site is at risk for infection. You may also risk lack of complete pigment removal, and there is a slight chance that the treatment can leave you with a permanent scar. Those who have a history of Keloid scarring are not candidates for this procedure.
– You may also risk hypopigmentation, where the treated skin is paler than surrounding skin, or hyperpigmentation, where the treated skin is darker than surrounding skin.
– Cosmetic tattoos like lip liner, eyeliner, and eyebrows may darken following treatment with tattoo removal lasers. Further treatment of the darkened tattoos usually results in fading.
– There is also a chance of blistering at the treatment site. This can be a normal response, but we ask that you refrain from opening the blisters.
We are always available for any concerns or questions before, during, or after treatment!
- Is Laser Tattoo Removal Safe?
Thanks to newer technology, laser tattoo removal has become much more effective with very little risk of scarring. Laser treatment is often safer than many traditional methods such as excision, dermabrasion or salabrasion (using moist gauze pads saturated with a salt solution to abrade the tattooed area) because of its unique ability to selectively treat pigment involved in the tattoo.
In many cases, certain colors may be more effectively removed than others. It is known that blue/black tattoos respond particularly well to laser treatment.
Remember, the information provided here is designed to provide general information only and is not a replacement for a doctor’s advice.
For details pertaining to your specific case, please arrange a consultation with us.
- Does Insurance Cover Laser Tattoo Removal?
Since tattoo removal is a personal option in most cases and is considered a cosmetic procedure, most insurance carriers will not cover the process.
Pricing is based on size and color of the tattoo, come in today for your consultation and quote!