Remove unloved tattoos.
Times and tastes are constantly changing. Tattoos that were once in style may have become blemishes you’re embarrassed to show in public today. That’s why removing them can make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself. If you’ve grown tired of a tattoo, consider ridding yourself of it with cosmetic laser treatment — once and for all.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Tattoo ink selectively absorbs peak-power laser light pulses. This causes the targeted ink particles to break down mechanically while significantly decreasing potential damage to surrounding tissues. The fragmented particles are then removed from the skin by the body’s lymphatic (or immune) system.
How many treatments are required?
Unfortunately, the number of treatments needed cannot be accurately predicted. Typically, 4-6 treatments are required. The amount of treatments required are affected by a number of factors. One of those factors is the age of the tattoo. Old tattoos appear dull, blue, indistinct and blurred with time. These visual changes correlate with the ink particles moving deeper into the dermis which can increase the number of treatments required.
Color is another factor, with black being the easiest color to remove. Other colors, such as reds and yellows, can take more time. Whether a tattoo was done by an amateur or a professional will affect the amount of treatments needed. Amateur tattoos usually have less ink, less color and are not as deep, requiring less treatments.
Is there a faster alternative?
Yes, the American Academy of Dermatology has recently introduced a revolutionary method of removing tattoos in as little as one or two treatments. The R20 method involves performing 3-4 laser treatments in one session. The result is 50% more clearing in a single session with minimal additional side effects.
How does it work?
Each pass is completed with a twenty minute rest in between treatments. Immediately after the treatment pass, a whitish appearance of tiny nitrogen bubbles form on the surface of the tattoo. During this time, the laser is unable to target the tattoo. After twenty minutes, the whitish appearance has resolved and the laser can once again target the pigment of the tattoo. This is repeated 2 to 3 more times. The R20 method of completing 3-4 tattoo removal treatments during one office visit allows the laser to reach greater depths than with one single pass of the Q-switched laser.
What can I expect after an R20 laser tattoo removal session?
Localized swelling and minor inflammation are common, as is slight bruising and blistering around the treated area. Most people will be able to return to normal activities immediately following the procedure.
This method is proven safe, effective and shown to have no increased side effects.
How do I prepare for a laser tattoo removal treatment?
- Prior to your laser tattoo removal session(s):
- Avoid sun-exposure in the treatment area for a minimum of 3-4 weeks prior to treatment.
- Avoid use of sunless tanning lotion for 7 days prior to treatment.
- Avoid use of tattoo fading creams for 4-6 weeks prior to laser treatment.
- Tell your laser practitioner about medications/supplements that you are currently taking OR have taken in the last 6 months.
Why can’t I come back every week until it’s gone?
When you received your tattoo, you experienced a healing process which is very similar to post-laser tattoo removal treatment. It’s essential the treatment heals completely prior to the next treatment to avoid adverse affects such as scarring and hyperpigmentation. Therefore, treatments are scheduled approximately 4 weeks apart.
*Price per inch
1-inch to 2-inches – $150
2-inches to 5-inches – $300
5-inches to 7-inches – $500
7-inches to 10-inches – $750