Do You Have a Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling? Are you saying to yourself, “What was I thinking when I got this tattoo?!!!” If so, well think no further, because at Dermalase we have the answer for you. Studies show that most people regret their tattoos and later wish they could be removed.
Old tattoo removal methods were painful and often left scars. Now, with laser tattoo removal by the enhanced Medlite C6 that fleeting thought doesn’t have to be a lifetime commitment.
In the past, the only way to remove the tattoo was to sand or freeze the top layer of skin to get to the tattoo under the skin, or to actually cut the skin open. Any of these three methods had a high risk of infection, often left scars, and had long recovery times. Using the newest technology, we have fixed that. And there is little recovery time and no down time.
Now there is a non-surgical technique to remove tattoos: the Q-switched YAG laser. This laser effectively and safely removes tattoos without hurting or damaging the top layer of skin while significantly lightening or removing many tattoo inks. The laser causes the dye in the tattoo to break apart, where it is then removed by the body’s immune system.
The MedLite C6 Laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light. Just as natural sunlight is made up of sun wavelengths of many colors, a laser is a device which is designed to produce one or more specific wavelengths of light. These wavelengths are absorbed, reflected or simply passed through objects. Tattoo ink is removed by using a specific wavelength which passes through the skin but is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of the light energy causes the ink to destruct where it is safely and naturally passed through the body’s filtering system.
Truthfully, it hurts getting a tattoo; it can hurt removing a tattoo. To minimize discomfort, we numb the tattoo before the laser touches it. For tattoos on fingers and toes we usually ask that you apply ice to the area prior to treatment. One does not feel much discomfort, if any, during the laser process. After a treatment, though the skin was not cut or damaged, you may experience some discomfort similar to a slight sunburn.
Tattoos take multiple treatments to remove the entire tattoo. The number of sessions depends on the amount and type of ink used, the colors involved, and how deeply it was injected. In general, professional tattoos require 6+ treatments, while amateur tattoos require 3-4 treatments, all spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart. Some tattoos may take additional treatments. Also, some colors are more difficult to remove than others. The MedLite C6 laser is particularly advanced in the removal of blue, green, black, and red inks. Tattoos containing colored inks usually mean more treatments will be needed.
No. Blue, black, and red ink responds the best. Green, yellow, and neon inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading. Occasionally, these difficult colors will not respond at all.
Because some inks are harder to remove than others, a complete removal of the tattoo cannot be guaranteed. However, greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. It is important to know, over 100 tattoo inks are used worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used makes it impossible for the physician to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.
Your doctor will instruct you about the care required after a laser treatment. Occasionally pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment can occur. An antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be cleaned with continued application of any ointment given to you by your physician. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated area should not be scrubbed. The area should be kept out of the sun during the healing process. Also, prior to any laser treatment, the area to be treated should receive no sun exposure for two weeks prior to treatment. A 30 SPF Sunblock with Zinc Oxide is recommended between treatments.