Laser Tattoo Removal
You didn’t pay attention to your Mother when she said you’d regret getting that tattoo — the multicolored, fire-breathing dragon that starts at the waist on your back, reaches up to your shoulder blades and wraps its orange flames around your biceps. Now, a mere five years later, you have a shot at a terrific job in business around, and you are concerned that your symbol of youthful self-expression could create problems in your new career.
Well, you’re not alone. Tattoos have become part of mainstream culture over the past couple of decades. Some estimate that more than 10 million Americans have at least one tattoo, and there are about 4,000 tattoo studios now in business in the United States. One busy physician who specializes in tattoo removal — he’s removed tattoos from some of the most famous tattoo artists — estimates that about 50 percent of those who get tattoos later regret them. For years, these people had little recourse, and existing removal techniques were invasive (requiring surgery) and painful. But that’s changing.
Effective treatment for dark tattoo inks
With the overwhelming popularity of tattoos over the last ten years, the market for effective removal has exploded. Tattoos are created by injecting colored pigment into small deep holes made in the skin. Regardless of whether a tattoo artist or an untrained individual injects the pigment, the marks or designs are relatively permanent. When people subsequently want their tattoos removed, most physicians today consider laser surgery one of the best methods. The Q-switched Nd:YAG is the most frequently used laser for tattoo removal. During treatment, pulses of light from the laser are directed onto the tattoo, breaking up the tattoo pigment. Over the next several weeks the body’s macrophages remove the treated pigmented areas. We can effectively treat dark tattoo inks, specifically black (which accounts for more than half of all tattoos), blue and green. Patients should expect to come back for several treatments to achieve expected results.
Technology in use
Tattoo ink and natural pigmentation like melanin absorb short pulse duration/high peak energy Q-switched pulses so quickly that they create a photo-acoustic effect within the pigment clusters. This effect breaks down the ink into much smaller particles that can be more easily removed by the body’s natural filtering system.
Key benefits for our clients
- Minimal risk of side effects
- Effective treatment for dark tattoo inks (black, blue and green)
- Dramatic results after several treatments