Laser Tattoo Removal:
In order to have a good understanding of how laser tattoo removal works it’s important to understand how the tattoo is made to make it permanent.
Tattoos are made using a motorized needle. This needle pricks holes in the upper epidermal layers, that needle injects the ink into those holes. This ink then connects together with the skin molecules which makes the tattoo permanent.
The ink in your tattoo gets broke down with a high energy burst of light. The length of time the light is pulsed for gives a proper way of delivering an exact amount of energy.
The high energy light breaks up the ink particles into tiny fragments, Which are taken up by macrophage scavenger cells in the skin and carried away by the body’s waste removal systems. As the pigment is carried away, Tattoo gradually disappears. Simple tattoos may dissolve after about three treatments, but usually, 6-8 treatments are required. This can be more for large and complex tattoos.
Tattoos reflect what was important to us when we got the tattoo. But, people grow and evolve over time. Sometimes the tattoos we got no longer reflects who we are now.
About 20-50% of individuals regret their tattoo. For those people, having the tattoo can be embarrassing and can be a barrier in their lifestyle or career advancement goals. Covering tattoo with clothing/makeup can be tedious and inconvenient; it is a messy and temporary solution.
Tattoo Removal Centers of America has developed a state of the art protocol that has made it possible to safely and effectively remove unwanted tattoos without a scar.
At Tattoo Removal Centers of America, we use the RevLite laser, the next generation of Q-switched laser technology. The RevLite laser is the finest tattoo removal laser available. The RevLite SI laser is a multi-wavelength aesthetic laser ideal for safe, effective, individualized tattoo removal in patients with all skin types. Many doctors routinely refer their patients to Best Tattoo Removal Clinic because of Their expertise and the caliber of laser we use.
Laser Tattoo Lightening
Tattoo Removal Centers of America works with many clients who wish to have an old tattoo lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. The process of lightning is the same as laser tattoo removal, with the exception that fewer treatments are required.
1). Is Laser Tattoo Removal a Reality for Undoing Your Past Tattoo Regrets?
Tattoos are nothing new, in the American culture or in any other. Ancient civilizations have been known to have tattoos, and the United States is not the only society in which tattoos are so mainstream. In the past, they have been used for religious and societal purposes, as well as a means of artistic self-expression. The only problem is that although you may age and mature, your tattoo will not. For this reason, there may very well come a day when the body art that you were once so proud of is nothing more than another scar on the body worth hiding. This is where tattoo removal by laser comes into play.
These lasers are extremely intense beams of light that are used to greatly lighten or actually remove your tattoo. This Laser energy may be used as either a continuous light wave or may even be delivered as light pulses, depending on the type Laser being used or type of treatment being received.
This super high-energy light beam is actually capable of cutting, sealing or even performing “targeted” vaporization of skin tissue and blood vessels. The ordinary light made from a non-Laser source is made up of many different wavelengths/colors, and it all appears as a white light to us.
However, the light used in Lasers has a very wide spectrum which can be varied in intensity and pulses. These wavelengths and pulses which are also known as Intense Pulsed Light (I.P.L.) also have the ability to treat certain medical conditions in dermal surgery and skin pigmentation.
There are many different types of Lasers being used today to treat various medical problems, however, for our purposes, which is the lightening or actual removal of a tattoo, there are primarily three main types of Lasers being used. And, all three of these Lasers are called “Q-Switched Lasers“. Q-Switched Laser is another way of saying that the Laser is a very high-intensity Laser.
These three Q-Switched Lasers are known as the Ruby Laser, Alexandrite Laser, and the NdYAG Laser. Even though these three Lasers are the ones most commonly used for tattoo fading or removal, it should be remembered that the NdYAG Laser produces more scabbing and blistering than the Ruby or Alexandrite Laser.
Of course, laser tattoo removal is not the only method of tattoo removal worth examining, but it is the one with the most instantaneous gratification. An old boyfriend and girlfriends’ names, past nicknames, neighborhood or borough names, and even old symbols are among the most regretted of tattoos among people all over the world, and this is why people turn to laser tattoo removal.
Being that it is not an inexpensive procedure, the decision to get your tattoo removed by the laser is one that must not be gone into in a hasty manner. There is a degree of discomfort that must be considered, as well as the effectiveness of the procedure on you.
Depending on your tattoo and the tone and color of your skin, tattoo removal by the laser may have a less desirable effect on you than you might be hoping for, as extremely well-done tattoos and tattoos are done on the darker skin are not good candidates for laser tattoo removal.
Another thing that must be taken into consideration is the healing process. Those who heal well may do better with this tattoo removal method than others, and of course, those with smaller tattoos are better candidates for this procedure than others. Those who weren’t able to deal well with the pain of getting the tattoo in the first place might also reconsider a decision to get their tattoo removed by laser; the pain of the procedure itself matches or exceeds the pain of getting inked in the first place, and the discomfort that comes after often lasts just as long, if not more so.
Laser tattoo removal treatments can give you quite outstanding results if you know what questions to ask your Doctor up front before you begin any treatments.
2). How does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser energy is directed at the tattooed area for a tiny fraction of a second (5 billionths of a second). The laser energy passes harmlessly through the outer layer of the skin and targets directly the tattoo ink. Lasers target tattoos with a specific wavelength of light energy. In fact, the separate wavelength is needed for each ink color. The laser shatters the tattoo ink into micro-particles that your body then breaks down naturally and absorbs. Because the laser delivers the energy in a very precise ‘beam,’ the laser does not damage the surrounding skin.
3). What kind of laser is used at Tattoo Removal Centers of America?
We use the RevLite SI laser from ConBio (a Cynosure company). The RevLite laser is the next generation of Q-switched laser technology and represents a significant advancement from its predecessor, the MedLite laser, which had been the gold standard tattoo removal laser for over 20 years. It is the finest laser tattoo removal available. The RevLite SI laser is a multi-wavelength aesthetic laser ideal for safe, effective, individualized tattoo removal in patients with all skin types.
4). How much does it cost?
Multiple factors: size, color, location, type of ink, depth of ink, and density of color are involved in determining how many treatments your particular tattoo will require for removal. During your consultation with one of Tattoo Removal expert doctors, they will measure your tattoo and estimate the number of treatments it will take to remove the tattoo. They will discuss the laser tattoo removal process and answer any questions you may have.
5). How big is a square inch?
A square inch is about the size of a Postal ticket. A business card is six square inches. To ordain, how many square inches your tattoo is, measure the length and the width and multiply those numbers together to get the total square inches. However, it is important to note that we do not charge for areas in your tattoo where there is no ink and we charge less for lightly shaded areas. For this reason, we have found that many people greatly overestimate the cost of their tattoo removal!
6). Can a tattoo with lots of colors be removed?
Most lasers have a lot of wavelengths to target dark (blue and black) and red inks. Advanced lasers (the RevLite lasers) with four wavelengths can target most multi-colored tattoos, including dark colors, red, orange, green, sky blue and yellow. Dark (blue and black) and red inks will resolve the best. Oranges and purples usually fade as well. Green, yellow and sky blue inks are the most difficult to remove, and additional treatments are needed to produce significant fading.
7).Will my tattoo be gone after my first treatment?
Laser tattoo removal requires multiple sessions. On average, professional tattoos need 6 to 15 treatments, while amateur tattoos need four to five treatments, spaced approximately six to eight weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the size of the tattoo, the amount and type of ink used, and the depth of the ink in the skin and location of the tattoo. During your consultation, our doctors will give you a much more accurate idea of how many treatments it will take to remove your particular tattoo.
8). Will I see a change after each treatment?
Everyone responds at a different rate. Some people see a difference with each treatment, while others will not see any change for a few treatments in a row. Following the clinical staff’s advice will ensure. That you will get the best results possible in the shortest amount of time.
9). Can I come back sooner than every six weeks?
Laser experts recommend a minimum of six-eight weeks between treatments to give you the best result. The spacing of your treatments is not related to healing. The laser breaks ink into smaller fragments that your body’s immune system is able to break down naturally and absorb during the six-eight weeks between treatments. If you space your treatments too closely, the laser simply targets the ink that has already been fragmented but that your body hasn’t had enough time to remove completely.
10). Are there limitations after treatment?
Most activities can be resumed soon after treatment as long as the treated area is not scratched or rubbed. You can take a shower the next day, although the treated area should never scrub. Treated areas should not be exposed to the sun, until the skin has fully healed, to prevent sunburn. If a scab forms it is important that you don’t pick or scratch it.
11). Can just part of a tattoo be removed?
Yes. It can remove any portion of a tattoo you would like removed. lasers are very accurate.
12). Can my tattoo be lightened or faded so another tattoo can be applied on top of it?
Yes. Tattoo artists refer patients to best laser tattoo removal who request that we lighten their tattoos before cover-up work is performed. Lightening a tattoo often allows for greater choice in new tattoo design and improves the final result. The procedure for lightening a tattoo prior to re-tattooing is the same as for removing an unwanted tattoo. They ( tattoo removal expert) simply stop treating the tattoo when sufficient lightening is achieved. Obviously, this requires fewer treatments and less time than tattoo removal. They are happy to communicate with your artist with regard to how light your tattoo needs to be. They also communicate with regard to which parts or colors of the tattoo are most important to be lightened and which parts and colors cannot be lightened easily.
13). Can I remove a tattoo that is a cover-up over an older tattoo?
They( tattoo removal expert) also commonly treat patients seeking laser tattoo removal for a tattoo that is a cover-up over an older tattoo. Since cover-up tattoos contain much more ink than regular tattoos, ink at different levels, mixtures of ink colors and ink types, a greater number of treatments are needed. Some cover-up tattoos respond beautifully and simply require more treatments over time. Others don’t fade as completely as primary tattoos. During the initial consultation with our physicians, They can discuss our treatment plan and discuss realistic outcomes for cover-up tattoos. Some of our most satisfied patients have been our cover-up removal patients.
14). Can I have permanent makeup removed?
They also commonly treat patients seeking laser tattoo removal for a tattoo that is a cover-up over an older tattoo. Since cover-up tattoos contain much more ink than regular tattoos, ink at different levels, mixtures of ink colors and ink types, a greater number of treatments are needed. Some cover-up tattoos respond beautifully and simply require more treatments over time. Others don’t fade as completely as primary tattoos. During the initial consultation with our physicians, They can discuss our treatment plan and discuss realistic outcomes for cover-up tattoos. Some of our most satisfied patients have been our cover-up removal patients. do not treat permanent makeup tattoos or tattoos that mimic cosmetic makeup. Some cosmetic inks have metallic bases. When the laser comes in contact with these metallic inks, they can turn black. Once this darkening occurs, a laser cannot remove it. So, you may be left with permanent black lip liner. Tattooed eyeliner cannot be removed for the danger of the laser near the eye. The ink in permanent eyebrows can migrate up the forehead causing a shadow effect. We recommend the use of caution with anyone who says they can effectively remove cosmetic ink.
15). Can I buy one treatment at a time?
Yes, you can buy just 1 (one) treatment at a time. However, there are significant advantages to purchasing a package:
Money Savings: You automatically save 20% off the total cost of your tattoo removal when you purchase a package for the number of treatments we recommend for full removal.
Time Savings: Package buyers see the results they want much faster than those who pay as they go since you are 50% more likely to show up for an appointment if you’ve pre-paid for a package.
Guarantee: When you purchase a package, we guarantee that if you complete the number of treatments we recommend and your tattoo ink is still visible, we will provide you with free additional laser tattoo removal treatments consistent for a period of up to one year following your last paid treatment.
16). Will I have a scar?
If you are compliant with the aftercare instructions provided by Tattoo Removal Expert, the chances of scarring are very rare (under 5%). Any scarring present before you begins tattoo removal will remain after the tattoo ink has been removed as our lasers do not remove existing scars, only ink.
17). Does laser tattoo removal hurt?
There is a minimal amount of discomfort involves in this procedure. Prior to your treatment, you can numb the area with an anesthetic cream, which is available at Tattoo Removal clinics. As they treat the area, they cool the overlying skin with a skin cooling device which further decreases discomfort. Their combination of topical anesthesia and cooling air makes the procedure as comfortable as possible.
18). What should I do before a treatment?
We recommend that you shave the area to be treated if necessary. A topical anesthetic can be used 30 minutes prior to treatment. We recommend that you avoid Aspirin, Aleve, Motrin, or ibuprofen products for 1 week prior to your treatment.
19). What should I do after a treatment?
First 24 hours: During your laser treatment, your tattoo may turn white briefly. It then swells somewhat, may turn red, but this usually lasts only a few hours. An antibacterial ointment and dressing will be applied immediately after treatment and should be left in place for the first day. The treated area of skin must be kept clean. We recommend that you apply an ice compress periodically. Rest and elevate the treated area. We recommend that you limit activities like exercising, steam rooms, saunas or swimming.
After 24 hours and until healed: Use Bacitracin ointment twice daily to moisturize. You can take a shower the next day. Although the treated area should never be scrubbed. You may continue all activities except swimming (unless fully healed). DO NOT POP BLISTERS or pick scabs as this may increase the risk of infection and scarring. Between your treatments, it is important to keep the tattoo covered from the sun or tanning beds to prevent hyperpigmentation (darkening). You will receive detailed instructions during your appointment.
20). What are some of the greatest common benefits of laser tattoo removal?
Topical creams are ineffective at removing tattoos and some can actually scar your skin. When you have laser remove a tattoo, the laser selectively targets and breaks up the ink in the tattoo without damaging the surrounding tissue, which greatly decreases any chance of scarring. Lasers have different wavelengths and pulse durations, and different laser beams are absorbed by specific colors, allowing our practitioners to choose the precise lasers for the depth and color of a particular tattoo as for multi-colored tattoos.
After treatment, the skin will be natural in appearance, although some very slight changes in skin texture and color are possible. Following good aftercare instructions and staying out of the sun can help give you the best possible outcomes.
21). What will happen at the initial consultation?
During the consultation, your medical practitioner, Erin Owoc, ARNP will advise you on what to expect from laser treatment. She will explain the treatment process, the risk of side effects, and expectations. She will begin with a complete history and examination of the tattoo. The size, style, color, and location of the tattoo, as well as the color and texture of your skin, will determine the type of laser treatment recommended and the number of treatments. Erin will also want to know when, and by whom your tattoo was applied, as these factors too can affect the method of treatment.
22). How is laser tattoo removal performed?
The medical practitioner will cleanse the area on the tattoo to remove oils on the skin. Ice is placed on the tattoo before the procedure to reduce discomfort. A numbing compound is applied to the skin (or Lidocaine is injected depending on the needs of the patent) prior to the treatment. During the procedure, you will feel intense emissions of light penetrate the tattooed area.
23). How long does the procedure take?
Laser tattoo removal is a quick procedure. This is especially true at Ageless Medical because we utilize the NaturaLase-QS that has the largest spot size of any tattoo removal laser (15mm vs others that use 3mm to 5mm). Small tattoos only take about 30 seconds or less to treat. Larger tattoos can take from 10 to 15 minutes. Several treatments are needed to achieve the desired results (2 to 6 treatments depending on several factors). The number will vary depending on the depth and color of the tattoo, the size, professional vs. amateur and the age of the tattoo. You must allow at least six to eight weeks between treatments, so this process takes time, but as you see from our before and after pictures, total removal is obtainable with no visible sign that a tattoo was present before. We also have a complete “before and after the book” of our clients at our office so for our clients to review.
24). How much pain is there?
You should expect some pain during the treatment. This is most often described as a burning or stinging sensation. Ice, numbing cream applied to the skin, or a local anesthetic injected under the skin can be used to minimize pain.
25). What can I expect after tattoo removal?
Recovery times depend on the extent of the treatment capacity to heal. Redness and sensitivity may continue for several days to several weeks, and there may be discoloration and a change in skin texture in the area, which will gradually improve. You should avoid exposing the treated area to the sun, as this may prolong and delay healing. You may not notice significant results until several weeks after the treatment has been completed.
Most people are satisfied with the pigment removal achieved through the laser treatment. It is important to remember, however, that your skin may not look as perfect as it did before you had the tattoo, even though the tattooed pigment has been removed.
Several additional factors can be affected by the long-term outcome of your treatment. Tattoos on certain areas of the body respond better than other areas. Older tattoos are easier to remove than newer One Tattoos. Tattoos applied by amateurs are easier to remove than those applied by professional Tattoo Removal Expert. Certain pigments (like black ink) are easier to remove, with fluorescent colors being the least responsive to treatment. The type of ink used may also affect the outcome, since some inks create a paradoxical reaction, causing the skin to become darker instead of lighter. Your practitioner can advise you on what to expect based on your particular tattoo.
Risks and limitations:
With modern lasers such as the most powerful tattoo removal laser on the market, the NaturaLase-QS, scarring is quite rare, although some changes in skin texture and color are possible. The area treated by the laser may become slightly lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.
Some of the questions you may want to ask your Doctor prior to Laser treatments:
- How many years have you been doing Laser tattoo removal treatments?
- Will it hurt?
- What kind of results can I expect?
- Do you own your own Laser equipment? (Any Doctor who does this for a substantial part of their practice will own their own Laser equipment.)
- How much will these Laser treatments cost? This is a very important question that you may want to ask prior to your Laser removal treatments because the cost can range from several hundreds of dollars into thousands of dollars, depending on the factors mentioned above.
- Will my hospitalization or medical insurance cover any of the Laser treatments? (Normally, your insurance will not cover it, but you may want to ask just to be certain.)
- Do you have any patient testimonials or pictures for any of the treatments you have performed for your patients?
The decision to choose laser tattoo removal as your method of ink removal is completely up to you, but it is important to know that it is not a procedure to be entered into lightly.
It isn’t for everyone, and being that it is a cosmetic procedure, your medical insurance probably will not cover it. Explore all of your options before resorting to tattoo removal by laser; there just may be a better, more effective option for you out there—it is just a matter of finding it.