Laser Tattoo Removal & Ink Fading
Tattoos no longer have to be forever.
In the last few years tattoos have become so popular that more than 10 million Americans have at least one. At some point however more than 50% of those people eventually want a tattoo removed and many people also decide to "fade" part or all of an old tattoo so that they can replace it with a new one.
With recent advances in lasers, specifically the development of Q-switched lasers, tattoo removal has become the most effective, safe method to erase or fade these unwanted tattoos.
Skinspirations uses Q-switched lasers including the new Cynosure RevLite Si laser that can produce different wavelengths to target several colors. The laser targets tattoo ink under the surface of the skin with short bursts of power, causing the ink to fragment into particles. These particles are then carried away by the body's immune system during the weeks following each treatment. Each treatment breaks up more of the pigment particles that are responsive to these wavelengths to produce eventual fading.
The RevLite SI laser has more power than previous tattoo-removing lasers to treat stubborn multi-colored tattoos& pigmented lesions. It's PhotoAcoustic Technology Pulse® (PTP) uses an extremely short pulse of energy over larger areas to provide a faster, yet safer treatment.
Fading the ink for a new tattoo
Many of our laser tattoo patients want to replace a current tattoo with a new one & so don't need to completely erase it. Tattoo artists can often cover an old tattoo with a new one after just 1-3 laser tattoo treatments. By targeting darker colors such as black and purple, even large tattoos can be significantly lightened with less cost and discomfort than removing them completely. With ink reduction, tattoo clients can have a better tattoo that's only possible with Laser Tattoo reduction.
What to expect with Laser Tattoo Treatments
You may have heard that tattoo reduction treatments are painful but at Skinspirations, we make sure the treatments are as comfortable as possible. An injection of anesthetic is usually performed before the treatment to make the treatment itself completely painless or a specially formulated anesthetic cream can be applied for about 90 minutes if the patient prefers. Either type of anesthetic is included in the price of treatment. Immediately afterwards a dressing is applied and remains in place for at least 24 hours.
"Dear Nurse Rick & Dr. Elliott, Words cannot express my heart's gratitude for helping my son & myself get through his "tattoo dilemma". He's a wonderful child that makes mistakes like the rest of us but at least he'll be able to learn from this one without the daily reminder of a tattoo done at age 16! From the call to make his appointment through his treatments, it was a lesson learned with the love, professionalism & kindness shown by each of you. You all are great! Blessings," Kiersten & Joe Castellano"
Immediately after a laser tattoo removal treatment the tattoo will usually look red and puffy. In the first 72 hours, the treated area sometimes blisters or forms a crust, especially with early treatments or when one tattoo has been placed over another. Over the following weeks the fragmented pigment particles will slowly be carted away by the body's immune system & with heavy pigmentation there may not be visible fading before the 2nd or 3rd treatment.
The number of treatments required for maximum improvement is impossible to predict before starting and depends on the pigments used, size, location, depth, age and colors of the tattoo. Most professional tattoos require anywhere from 5 - 15 sessions with an average of about 12 when complete fading is desired. Treatments are done at least 8 weeks apart to allow the fragmented pigment particles to disperse. As noted above, some colors may not respond at all to laser tattoo treatments.
If you are interested in fading or removing a tattoo, schedule your Free Consultation at Skinspirations or call 727-571-1923 for an appointment.