HOW DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WORK?
Tattoos are removed by lasers that emit short pulses of intense light that pass through the top layers of the skin to where the ink is located. The light breaks the ink into tiny, dust-like particles that are readily absorbed by your body, and eliminated through its natural processes.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL IT TAKE?
Most tattoos require several treatments for effective removal, depending on a number of different factors including your age, your tattoo’s age and location, quality of ink, ink colors, your skin color, location of your tattoo and overall health. On average, a patient will need between 3 and 6 treatments for complete removal of all ink colors.
HOW MUCH DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL COST?
The cost of removing a tattoo is dependent upon several factors such as the size of the tattoo, how much ink there is, age of tattoo and type of ink. The pricing starts at $150 per session; however, to get an accurate estimate of what it will cost for complete removal, we recommend coming in for a consultation.
WHY IS THE ENLIGHTEN LASER THE BEST FOR TATTOO REMOVAL?
Enlighten is the worlds first dual wavelength and dual pulse duration technology for tattoo removal, pigment and skin revitalization and has just been taken to a whole new level with the 670 wavelength added. It uses a much faster, more advanced, cutting edge technology called pico technology which delivers greater laser energy at an incredible speed of trillionth of a second; 1000x faster than nano-technology. This causes a rapid thermal expansion that shatters tattoo pigment into minuscule particles, which can be then absorbed more quickly and excreted from the body with less chance of scarring, less discomfort, and a shorter recovery time. With 3 different wavelengths that are inside of the laser we can remove all colors of ink from black, red, blue , green, purple, and even turquoise in a just a couple treatments. Having the dual pulse durations to treat ink that is superficial to extremely dense and deep and 3 different wavelengths for all colors is a game changer for anyone looking to remove or lighten their tattoos.
WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO TO PREPARE AND TREAT THE AREA BEFORE AND AFTER TREATMENTS?
Before your treatment:
- Do not wear makeup on the day of treatment
- No sun-tanning or self-tanners 4 weeks prior to treatment
- Includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.
- Some medications or supplements may increase the risk bruising. Consult with your physician.
- Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment (waxing, depilatories, etc.)
- Notify clinic with any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment
- History of herpes or cold sores may require an anti-viral prescription prior to treatment
After your treatment:
- Avoid sun exposure for 2 to 4 weeks following treatment and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen.
- Avoid skin irritants (products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.) until the skin is fully healed and all crusting has resolved.
PATIENT WOUND CARE INSTRUCTIONS
- Dressing should be changed once a day or after a shower in the first three days of treatment.
- Prior to removing the dressing, wash hands with soap and water, then carefully remove the dressing, gently cleanse the wound with soap and water and pat dry with a clean towel.
- Apply Aquaphor® or simple petroleum and cover with a large band-aid or non-stick gauze dressing and make sure the bandage is not too tight.
- Some patients may require help of another person to reach treatment area on back.
- Try not to bump or stretch treated tattoo.
- Scabbing over the treatment area is expected and may last 7 to 14 days.
- Do not pick scabs and avoid scrubbing the treated area when bathing.
- Do not unroof blisters if they occur. Contact physician’s office if blisters are uncomfortable.
- Only non-aspirin over-the-counter pain drugs such as acetaminophen should be taken for discomfort after the laser treatment.
- Contact office if any of the following occur:
- Bleeding that soaks the dressing or bleeding that happens after the first 24 hours
- Increased redness or swelling
- Uncomfortable blisters
- Yellowish or greenish drainage coming out of the wound
- Persistent pain that last more than 24 hours