Laser Tattoo Removal
We use a Q-switched laser to remove tattoos from most any area of the body and on all skin types. The laser incorporates three laser wavelengths (755nm, 1064nm, 532nm) to allow us to treat most colors. Black and blue work best. The tattoo pigment absorbs the laser energy, fragmenting the dye. The body’s immune system then removes the shattered pigment over the next several weeks, leading to visible lightening of the tattoo.
Laser Tattoo Removal Benefits:
- Local anesthetic can be used to reduce discomfort during procedure
- Remove unwanted tattoos
- Treat most ink colors, including red, black, brown, blue, and green
- Works on all skin types
How many treatments are needed and how often?
The time required for a tattoo to fade depends on many factors such as the depth of penetration of the ink, the color or the ink, the density of the ink, the type of ink used, whether the tattoo was done by an amateur or professional, the patient’s immune system and skin type, and location of the tattoo. It is not unusual to require as many as 8 to10 treatments to achieve maximum resolution. In some cases it may require more treatments depending on the factors listed above. Treatments are scheduled at least 6 weeks apart.
How long does it take to see a difference?
It is not uncommon for it to take 6 months or more before there is significant fading. Most people that commit to this treatment need to be patient, persistent and committed to the long haul. Tattoos fade reliably but slowly.
What color tattoos respond best?
Black and blue work best. Red also responds well. Yellow is difficult to treat and green tattoos may end up with a yellowing in hue since the blue component of the green color may respond.
Do all tattoos respond?
A non-professional tattoo may not respond to treatment. This is because it was probably placed at the wrong level in the skin where it may not be responsive to the laser light.
Is the treatment painful?
Laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable. A local anesthetic can be used on the skin and will make the procedure less uncomfortable.
What will it look like immediately after treatment and a few days later?
As the tattoo is treated with the laser, small white marks will appear all along the tattoo. These will go away within hours. Over the next few days it is likely that some crusting of the skin may occur.
How long does it take?
A tattoo that occupies approximately 2 inches by 2 inches will take 10 to 15 minutes to treat with the laser.
Who performs the treatment?
Tattoo treatments are administered by a physician or a nurse practitioner.
Other Important Information:
Avoid sun/tanning for 2 weeks prior to treatment. Shave the area to be treated and remove all makeup or cosmetics prior to treatment.
Avoid sun/tanning for 2 weeks after the treatment.
Contraindications to Procedure
We cannot treat tattoos around the eyes or permanent makeup. Injectable lidocaine may not be used on digits (fingers or toes). We do not treat patients with a history of keloid scarring. We do not treat patients who are pregnant, diabetic, active infections, compromised immune systems, or have coagulation disorders.
Risk of Procedure
There is usually some discomfort during the procedure. Temporary redness or swelling immediately post-treatment are also likely. Allergic reaction to the anesthetic used, possible allergic reaction to the initial dye used as it is released into the immune system, scabbing or crusting of the skin, scarring or changes in natural pigmentation of the skin are all possible side effects.
Cost of Treatment
The cost could be as low as $150 for a 3 inch by 2 1/2 inch treatment area, depending on the complexity and color. You will be given an exact quote for your treatments at the time of your consultation.
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