LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
Ink. Growing in popularity as a form of self expression and art, tattoos are becoming more widely accepted within society. Yet, despite their growing admittance within our culture there are many who have regrets…this is where Vitality One can help.
Upkeep is one of the most commonly overlooked factors by people making the decision to get a tattoo. The skin is the largest organ system in the body and, as such, it is constantly rejuvenating itself. As it is exposed to the elements skin begins showing the effects of age and sun damage distinctly. Unfortunately for those with tattoos, these same environmental factors change the appearance of ink on the skin. The effect is the disbursement of tattoo ink causing the work to look less definitive.
If you have experienced embarrassment, lower body image or negativity due to your tattoo you should consult one of the medical professionals at Vitality One. Trained in the most advanced laser removal methods, they are prepared to cater to you during this important change.
How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
Our medical spa uses the most advanced, industry-standard lasers for tattoo removal with a specialized technique known as Q-Switching. With Q-Switched lasers, short pulses of intense laser light – measured in billionths of a second – enter through the top layers of your skin. There, the tattoo pigment absorbs these intense light pulses designed to fragment the ink into small particles. The ink particles are absorbed easily by the body’s system and eliminated from your body.
The Quanta Q-Plus C laser at our medical spa offers three true wavelengths of laser light that allows all colors of tattoo inks to be treated and removed, including blue and green inks. With this advanced specialty laser, we can treat black, red, yellow, purple, dark blue, green, violet, orange, light blue and all shades of inks. The different wavelengths emitted by this Q-Switched laser allows multiple ink colors to be targeted at their proper depth within the skin.
Treatment includes multiple sessions and generally requires more than four sessions to eliminate a tattoo from the skin with laser removal. These sessions should be spaced apart by four to eight weeks for maximum effects. Your particular, personalized treatment protocol will be determined by our experts based on the color and size of your tattoo, the amount of ink used and the depth of ink penetration into your skin. Every tattoo is different, and our custom laser tattoo removal treatments will be designed particularly to target your unique tattoo and skin type.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS & BENEFITS
Your tattoo will start to fade gradually over the next few weeks. Of course, results will become more apparent the more sessions that you undergo. After your full round of treatments, your tattoo will be dramatically lighter. In some cases, it could be virtually unnoticeable. There are minimal side effects to laser tattoo removal. However, you should consider the following factors in your decision:
- The tattoo removal site is at risk for infection.
- The pigment may not be completely removed. This is relatively common. Some colors of tattoo dye resist laser removal and some pigment is too deep to be reached with current lasers.
- There is a slight chance that the treatment can leave a permanent scar.
- The treated skin may either be paler than the surrounding skin (hypopigmentation) or darker than the surrounding skin (hyperpigmentation)
Bruising in the treated area is expected and usually lasts for a couple of weeks. A bandage over the area is advised after treatment until the skin is healed. However, this should not keep you from missing any work or having to change your daily routine. The experts at Vitality One will provide you with detailed care instructions based on the location of your tattoo as well as other factors specific to your individual case.
- Initial Consultation
- Procedure:10-20 minutes
- Sessions Required for Optimal Results: 6-8 sessions
- Recovery Time: None
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is the process painful?
Patients will feel the pulses as quick tingling sensations, like very tiny rubber bands snapped against the skin. The tattoo ink absorbs a great deal of the laser energy and some patients may feel mild discomfort as we trace the design
How exactly does the laser remove the tattoo?
Two key processes break up the ink – the pigment in your tattoo will absorb the energy from the laser and shatter apart; also, the incredibly fast pulse (6 billionths of a second!) of energy from the laser has a shockwave-like effect that assists the ink shattering. As a result, the ink acts like sugar cube breaking apart into small granules..
How does the body remove the shattered ink?
Once the ink is broken down by the tattoo removal laser, the body will respond by moving fluid to the area to help flush away the ink. This immune response will be obvious to the patient in the form of some swelling and redness in the area. Over the next days, weeks, and months the small, shattered ink particles will be flushed away naturally.
Can all colors of ink be treated with laser tattoo removal?
Black, red, dark orange and dark blue tattoos will usually respond relatively quickly to laser treatments. Green, purple, brown, light orange and light blue may require more visits. Our lasers are much more effective than older lasers at removing multicolored tattoos. We will use the lasers that are most successful for your particular tattoo. Dark (blue/black) inks and red inks usually fade the best. Oranges and purples often respond well. Dark inks usually respond quicker than bright colored inks because dark colors absorb laser energy better. Light colors such as light green, yellow and turquoise can be difficult to remove, however, our laser is much more effective at removing these colors than older models. Lasers can safely treat any body part except for the small area inside the bony ridge of the eye socket.
What will happen after treatment?
For the first half-hour after laser tattoo removal treatment the tattoo looks pale or white, and may swell slightly. The tattoo may feel hot (like a sunburn) for a while after laser treatment, and it will probably be red and swollen for the rest of the day. There may be pinpoint bleeding for a few hours in areas where there was a lot of pigment.
Skin care after laser treatment of tattoos is quite similar to skin care after having a tattoo. Gentle cleansing of the skin and application of an antibiotic ointment will help tattoos heal quickly after treatment. Watch for unusual redness, pain, or swelling which might be a sign of infection, and please call us right away if you think an infection is developing. Avoid picking or irritating the skin after treatment. The area may remain reddened for two to four weeks, and there may be some flaking or peeling during this time. Sometimes skin or a scab the same color as the tattoo peels off after 5-7 days. This is a normal process as the body works to eliminate the tattoo dyes. Very dark, or large professional tattoos, will remain tender and swollen for a few days.There may be some lightening or darkening of the skin for several months after laser treatment. Protect the treated area from sun exposure until the skin is completely healed and the skin color has returned to normal.
Your tattoo usually fades over 4-6 weeks. The degree of fading will be easier to see when you compare your tattoo with pre-treatment photographs.
Will the laser procedure scar my skin?
No. This is a question that many new patients ask about, and we understand their concerns. Modern tattoo removal lasers such as the laser used at our clinic will not scar the skin for two reasons. Firstly, the laser does not go deep enough in the skin to cause a scarring response. Second, the pulse from the laser is so fast that only the tattoo pigmentation is affected and surrounding cells and tissue are left undamaged. Scarring was an issue 10 or 15 years ago when the equipment used for tattoo removal was relatively crude. There is no need to be concerned about scarring unless you have a history of keloid scarring, which our staff will discuss with you.
Are there any restrictions between treatments?
For the first 24 hours after the procedure, we ask that you rest, ice, elevate the tattoo, and stay out of the sun. The day after treatment, the tattoo and the surrounding area may be red and swollen, and an antibiotic ointment should be applied to the treated area. If you develop a scab or a blister, we ask that you not pick the scab or burst the blister. The reaction should heal over completely within the next few days. After that, we only ask that you keep the tattoo out of the sun by covering it with clothing or using sunblock.
What is the cost of laser tattoo removal?
We offer FREE consultations to our patients. During your consultation you will meet with our highly trained and experienced clinicians who have an extensive background in laser tattoo removal. We will physically assess the tattoo, come up with a treatment plan individualized to your certain needs and then give you pricing accordingly. We can even get started with treatment the same day as your FREE consultation if you choose.