Houston’s Tattoo Removal Program/D-TAG program Succeeds Where Others Have Failed!

Houston’s Tattoo Removal Program/D-TAG program



Everyone has done something during their life they wish they could change.  “Shoud’a, could’a, would’a” is a game we all play at one time or another. Sometimes it’s just a matter of wishing you hadn’t eaten that gooey hot fudge sundae, but some deeds have much more far-reaching consequences…and some can actually brand you for life.

Houston’s Tattoo Removal Program


While there is no way to get an accurate count, by some estimates about 18 million people acquire a tattoo each year.  It’s a good guess that at least 80 percent of them subsequently wish they hadn’t done it.

In cases where the tattoo was part of an initiation ritual or gang identification, the wearable “art” can make a strong, negative statement about the owner that can make it tough for them to take their place in normal society.  As a former gang member complains, “Everyone knows that most businesses won’t hire a person with a visible tattoo — especially if it looks anything like a gang insignia. Well, maybe you can get a job where the customers won’t see you.  But a questionable tattoo on the back of your hand, or cheek, or arm sure makes it hard to get a good job with a future — whether or not your tattoo is gang-related.”

Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department, in association with the Harris County Medical Society, has come up with a program created to help give kids with tattoos a chance to have them removed.  The D-TAG Operation Gang Together program was designed to “help individuals re-enter standard society by expelling tattoos that would distinguish them as taking part in or supporting the enemy of social conduct.”  Kathy Cochran, director of the two-year-old program, credits the partnership with the Harris County Medical Society (HCMS) as being the key to this effort’s success.

“A lot of cities have tried programs like this one,” Cochran explained, “Most of them enjoyed a brief period of success, but in the long run had to be abandoned or downsized.  Our D-TAG effort relies on access to expensive, sophisticated, state-of-the-art laser equipment and the trained technicians and physicians to use it. There won’t be any shortage of kids wanting their tattoos removed after you announce a program like this.  The problem for many cities is that, after a while, it’s hard to find doctors willing to volunteer their time month after month to complete the ongoing removal process. Fortunately, we have the dedicated support and participation by the HCMS and its member physicians that helps sustain our D-TAG program.”

D tag program

Cochran explains that the program exchanges a commitment for community service for free tattoo removal.  Removal candidates, who must be 19 years old or younger, must agree to follow the program guidelines in order to participate.  If the candidate is a juvenile (17 and younger), a parent or guardian must complete a permission form. All tattoos noticeable in typical road dress are qualified for treatment and the member must consent to have every single unmistakable tattoo evacuated.  In the event that a member procures another tattoo while taking an interest in the Tattoo Removal Program, they’re out.

Once the enrollment process is complete, participants attend an orientation program and watch a video that demonstrates how tattoos are removed with the laser technique.  The teens must perform six hours of volunteer work at a City of Houston park for each month they receive the laser removal treatments — which can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending upon the size, colors, and depth of the “art.”

Michael V. Kelly, II, M.D., a Houston plastic surgeon who volunteers a significant amount of his time to the D-TAG program and serves as HCMS Physician Coordinator for the effort, says he does it because “everyone makes mistakes and these youngsters should not have to wear theirs for the rest of their lives.”


We have the laser technology and training to be able to make a difference in these youngsters’ future, and they really deserve our help,” Dr. Kelly said.  “I do a lot of tattoo removal in my practice, too, and I find all these patients have the same wish — ‘just get it off!’ We had an e-mail the other day from someone who realized their mistake immediately, and wanted to know how soon a brand new tattoo could be taken off.”

Houston’s D-TAG program has already helped 200+ now “tattoo-art free” teens and is set up to handle about 50 to 55 youth each month.

Microdermabrasion vs IPL/Photofacial: What’s the Difference?

Microdermabrasion vs IPL


A Microdermabrasion treatment involves a micro derm machine. Microdermabrasion expert offers a twenty-first-century skincare technology for applying the millennia-old technique of dermabrasion. By eliminating the powders and crystals they offer gentler micro exfoliation system that provides clean, controlled procedure.


Microdermabrasion is generally indicated for:

-fine lines, rejuvenation

-enlarged pores and blemishes

-dull skin

-age spots and hyperpigmentation

-acne scars, scratch marks

-improving skin texture

-collagen production

How is the procedure done?

Microdermabrasion can be done on the face, neck, chest, and arms. The nurse will use the diamond cut wand to gently exfoliate the skin without the use of anesthesia. This system is proven to be much cleaner and safer than crystal machines. The procedure lasts anywhere from 15-30 min. Mild redness is normal and disappears quickly. The procedure is comfortable and most patients do not need any special preparation or anesthetic. You can return to normal activities following your treatment.

Does Microdermabrasion hurt?

No. They use the Diamond wand and the procedure is relatively comfortable.

How do I prepare for this procedure?

Avoid any substances like Retin A, Acid Peels or sun exposure that will leave your skin sensitive.

How many treatments do I need?

We recommend 6 treatments every 2-3 weeks. For best results, the maintenance program is recommended. The skin will feel fresh, clean and invigorated.


Utilizing our progressed IPL framework, light vitality is conveyed through the skin evacuating facial redness, eradicating pigmented spots, decreasing pore estimate and limiting almost negligible differences.

A progression of 4-6 photograph facial medicines is suggested.

A photo facial involves little discomfort and no downtime. The procedure is nonablative, meaning that it does not damage the surface of the skin. Patients can come back to work or resume their typical exercises after the technique. It is usually combined with microdermabrasion system for better results.

IPL Photofacial

Who are the best candidates for IPL Photofacial?

– sun-damaged skin

– hyperpigmentation

– enlarged pores

– liver spots

– fine lines & wrinkles

– red flushed faces

Does insurance cover IPL Photofacial?

Due to the cosmetic nature of Photofacial, insurance will not cover it.

What is the typical cost?

$150 per treatment

IPL Photofacial side effects:

Side effects could include temporary redness or swelling.

IPL Photofacial is an excellent alternative for anyone seeking a non-surgical procedure with a proven track of being successful and safe.


Skin Rejuvenation Treatment: You Need To Know Everything!

Skin Rejuvenation Treatment


Skin Rejuvenation Treatment:

Changes in people skin are the most noticeable sign of aging. Skin Aging affects everyone and throughout time many people have searched for methods to delay or reverse its visible signs. Skin Rejuvenation using the Medlite C-6 laser provides a quick and safe procedure to rejuvenate and revitalize the skin for a more youthful appearance.

Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

Internal skin aging begins as early as the mid-’20s though its effects may not be visible until decades later. As we age the production of collagen decreases and the regeneration of our cells slows down. This can result in a loss of firmness and elasticity, the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and drier, thinner skin as well as a duller and less translucent complexion.

Types of Skin Aging

There are types of Skin Aging: Intrinsic and Extrinsic. Intrinsic skin aging is caused by internal factors, within one’s own body, and includes genes and body condition. Extrinsic skin aging is caused by external factors, such as the sun, environment and lifestyle choices.

Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

External skin changes are largely the result of sun exposure, resulting in damage from the UV radiation. Chronic UV radiation causes loss of elasticity in the skin contributing to the formation of lines and wrinkles. It also alters melanocyte (pigment-producing cells in the skin) activity which can lead to discoloration and brown spots. Other examples of external factors affecting our skin are smoking, stress, alcohol consumption, pollution, and a harsh climate.

What is Laser Skin Rejuvenation?

Our Skin Rejuvenation procedure is a non-surgical treatment which can reduce or eliminate some of the signs of aging. It is a gentle, non-painful treatment that involves passing a non-ablative laser (a laser that does not injure the surface of the skin) over the target areas of skin resulting in a gradual improvement in the skin’s appearance with successive treatments.

How does laser Skin Rejuvenation work?

The Laser Skin Rejuvenation process stimulates the body to produce new collagen. As the new collagen is generated lines and wrinkles are reduced. Studies also show that brown “age�? spots are reduced or eliminated, skin texture becomes smoother, the skin tone becomes more even, and the complexion takes on a vibrant refreshed appearance.

What can I expect during (also after) the procedure?

Your treatment will last approximately 20 – 30 minutes, while you lie back and relax. Your eyes will be covered with protective shields and cool air will gently blow across the surface of the skin as the laser is passed over the areas to be treated. The procedure is essentially painless, with most people describing it as a warm, tingling sensation. Afterward, there may be a mild sunburn-like feeling and redness which resolves quickly, usually within a few hours of your treatment.

Unlike traditional skin resurfacing which damages the epidermis leaving an irritated surface that can take days or weeks to heal, our process using 1064-nm, the infrared energy of the Medlite C-6 laser does not injure the outer layers of the skin. There is no prolonged healing phase and loss of time from normal activities.

You may be asked to avoid using irritating skin products, avoid direct sun exposure, and use sun-block to the treated area for a brief period of time before and after your treatment.