So you did not believe your friend when she said you would regret getting that super cool, tiger tattoo when you were 18? Now your 35, and a mother of two and, well… Tiger attracts a few strange looks at the PTA meetings. Have no fear because dr LASER is here!
Everyone makes mistakes and with thousands of tattoo parlors across the US, it’s not hard to understand why. For years, if you got stuck with an unwanted tattoo there was little recourse, and existing removal techniques were invasive (requiring surgery) and painful.
Well not anymore!
Now thanks to revolutionary advancements in LASER technology dr LASER can safely and effectively remove your unwanted tattoo with the most state-of-the-art lasers that science and technology can offer: the Lutronic Spectra and the HOYA ConBio® RevLite.
Learn more about tattoo removal by reading the following FAQ.
A: The immediate answer to this is simple, never having to be reminded of that tattoo again! At least 37 % of those with tattoos have considered getting a tattoo removed.
If this is you then the good news is that you do not have to put up with your bad decision forever!
Thanks to the revolutionary advancements of laser technology you can say Goodbye to your error, in only a few short sessions!
A: Removing a professionally applied tattoo is usually a fading process that requires a series of treatments spaced at least 6 weeks apart. Professional tattoos usually require 5-10 treatment sessions for satisfactory clearing. The depth, color and amount of ink, as well as the location of the tattoo on the body are all determining factors in how quickly the tattoo can be removed. Most amateur, ‘street tattoos” and traumatic tattoos are removed in fewer treatments.
A: Our award winning, state of the art lasers are considered the best in the industry today. You can read more about them later on.
The lasers use a beam of light to lighten significantly or completely remove your tattoo.
The lasers work by directing energy toward ink in the skin with highly concentrated color filtered light beams. These laser beams break up ink particles into tiny fragments which are later cleared up by the body naturally. The laser does this by delivering high intensity light in pulses of a few billionths of a second into the treated area. The laser selectively targets the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin. The procedure is bloodless and no incisions are made.
A: Removing a professionally applied tattoo is usually a fading process that requires a series of treatments spaced at least six weeks apart. Each treatment only takes minutes. Professional tattoos usually require 5-10 treatment sessions for satisfactory clearing. The depth, color and amount of ink, as well as the location of the tattoo on the body is all determining factors in how quickly the tattoo can be removed. Most amateur, ‘street tattoos” and traumatic tattoos are removed in fewer treatments.
A: Many tattoo artists encourage customers to receive a minimum number of laser treatments to lighten an existing tattoo before covering it with a new one. This will dramatically reduce any chance of the old tattoo appearing through the new one. In most cases, a minimum of 2-4 treatments is all that’s required to lighten an existing tattoo.
A: Some patients say they feel a slight sting, like the snap of a rubber band on the skin or the same feeling as getting a tattoo, in a fraction of the time. Some patients feel more comfortable numbing the area with a high-power topical anesthetic cream mixture, which is available at our office.
A: Before any treatment begins you will receive a thorough and honest consultation and detail the results you can expect to achieve based on your tattoo.
There are many different things that can affect the ease of your tattoo removal including your skin tone, the size and location of the tattoo, the color of the tattoo, the type of ink used and the individual’s ability to heal.
Generally black, red, dark orange and dark blue tattoos will respond relatively quickly to laser treatments. Green, purple, brown, light orange and light blue may require more visits.
Other variants also include how evenly the pigment was injected into the skin, and how long the tattoo has been in place.
Remember to bring a list of any questions with you to your free consultation.
A: Right after your treatment, your skin will have a white discoloration, and the area around the tattoo may become reddish and could have some swelling. This is normal and will disappear slowly over time. Results take about 5 – 6 weeks after each treatment. Immediately after treatment, antibacterial ointment and gauze will be applied to the treated area to minimize infection.
A: Following treatment must be kept clean. It is fine for you to take a bath or shower the day after treatment but the treatment area must not be scrubbed. Your skin might feel a bit like you have sunburn for a couple of days afterwards and the treated area may remain red for a few weeks. The area of tattoo removal may form a scab which should be allowed to heal naturally.
After healing, the ink will gradually and continually fade.
A: On occasion, a whitening of the skin may occur. However, normal skin tone should return within 6-12 months following your last treatment session. Since the ink used in tattooing is not regulated, some patients have only partial clearing even after several sessions.