Laser Tattoo Removal using Q-Lasers
The Ink's the Thing!
The color of the ink is a big factor in determining how many laser treatments you will need in order to remove the tattoo. The conspicuousness of the blemishes after treatment depends upon several factors including size, location, the individual's healing process, how the tattoo was applied, and length of time it has been on the skin.
Black and blue tattoos are the easiest to remove while the green and yellow pigments are the hardest. Size of the tattoo is also a determining factor for how many treatments your going to need.
A tattoo performed by a more experienced tattoo artist, for example, may be easier to remove since the pigment is evenly injected in the same level of the skin. A tattoo that has been on the skin for a considerable length of time may be more difficult to remove than a new one.
Removing a professionally applied tattoo is usually a fading process that requires a series of treatments spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Professional tattoos usually require 5-10 treatments for complete clearing. The black colored inks usually respond more quickly than the bright colored inks because they absorb the light better.
The depth, color and amount of ink, as well as the location of the tattoo on your body are all determining factors in how long and how quickly we will be able to remove your tattoo. Most amateur, medical and accidental tattoos are removed in only 2-5 treatments scheduled about 4-5 weeks apart.
The laser treatment can be painful and usually the laser technician will apply or recommend a topical anesthetic or "numbing cream" to reduce your skin's sensitivity to the laser pulses BEFORE the process starts.
What to Expect after the Treatment.
Very rarely have any scars been seen while utilizing this process. Providing state of the art technology helps ensure clients that the risk of scarring is dramatically reduced. There have been occasions where some lighter or darker colored pigment persists from the tattoo site, but normally after the course of treatments is complete, the treated area is indistinguishable from the normal surrounding skin.
Be aware that a side effect of laser tattoo removal, is that it can destroy hair follicles. So if you want to have a tattoo removed from an area where there is wanted hair growth, you may have to manually extract all follicles prior to treatment. Again, check with your laser technician to determine your exact risks.
Though there are many factors involved in completely removing unwanted tattoos. The depth, density and types of colors are probably the biggest determining factors. After each treatment we fragment a little bit more ink and a little deeper into your skin, blistering and scabbing often follows for a week or two. We see some tattoos disappear within 2-3 treatments, as well as in some cases seeing tattoos requiring 8-10 or more treatments for complete removal. Taking care of the treated area is the most important factor in removing a tattoo without a scar. It can be said that the better you take care of the area treated the better the results.
Most patients say that the laser treatment feels like being snapped by a rubber band and that the discomfort is roughly equivalent to having a tattoo put on. Almost all clients are able to resume their normal activities immediately following treatment.
What to Look for When Finding a Great Tattoo Removal Clinic!
Shocking News....... Be Careful!
Surprisingly, there is no license or certification required to operate a laser tattoo removal device in many states and provinces. People can buy or lease a laser removal unit, and open their doors for business. These laser units were originally designed for use by Doctors only -- but recent modifications made this device simple enough for anyone to learn to use and perform.
Do your due diligence when looking for a qualified laser clinic and technician. Ask questions, seek referals, ask how long have they been in business, check the BBB for any complaints. Buyer beware should be in the forefront of your search. Remember, it is your body that these people are going to be working on.
Your laser technician should ask you several relevant questions about your medical history and currently prescribed medication. Provide as much information as possible. This is because certain medical conditions and medications would make exposure to the laser treatment dangerous to you. If the technician doesn't ask you any questions, it might be a good idea to find another clinic.
What to Expect on Your Visit.
- Protective eye shields are placed on the patient.
- 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.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
This depends entirely on the actual size and color of the tattoo that is being treated. Generally an area about the size of a tennis ball will cost around $200 per treatment.
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