How does the laser work to remove tattoos?
The laser emits light in very short flashes called pulses. The laser light is targeted to the specific pigment or color in the tattoo. We offer no less than three different lasers so the tattoo removal can be individually tailored to specific tattoo colors. Before laser removal of tattoos was available, various other methods were tried such as surgical removal, skin grafting, sanding, cauterization, dry ice, and the application of various salts and chemicals to the skin. Most of the above treatments often resulted in another deformity, scar or inadequate pigment removal. Using a laser to remove tattoos surpasses any other method available. The laser is used to effectively fade and remove professional and amateur tattoos as well as ballpoint, India ink and lead from pencils.
The procedure takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo to be treated. The laser is traced over the tattoo. The skin in the treatment site turns an ash color and within 10 minutes becomes purple. It is not uncommon to have pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. An antibacterial ointment and a dressing are applied to the area. Within a couple of days, a crust will develop that will last for approximately 5-10 days. Care must be taken not to pick at the area.
Is the treatment painful?
The impact of the energy from the pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band against your skin. After the treatment a mild burning sensation may persist in the treatment site for 1-3 hours. The majority of clients can tolerate the procedure without anesthesia; however, a topical or injectable anesthetic is available.
What type of care is required after the laser treatment?
Continue to apply an antibiotic ointment and non-stick Telfa dressing over the area to prevent infection until the crust develops. Cleanse the treated area daily by allowing shower water to flow over it and pat it dry with a towel.
How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?
On average, amateur tattoos can take anywhere from 2 to 6 treatments and professional tattoos 6 to 10 treatments. The number of treatments depends on the amount, type and depth of the ink in the skin.
Will the tattoo completely disappear?
More than 95% fading of the tattoo is usually accomplished. Dark inks and red inks fade the best and usually oranges, greens and purples respond well, too. Yellow and white inks are the most difficult to remove.
Are there any side effects?
Almost all tattoos can be removed without any scar or skin changes. In rare cases, pigmentation changes, scarring and texture changes may occur.
What is the cost?
Please call for pricing.