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Tattoo removal using laser technology.
Using the Kirby-Desai Scale you can determine how many treatments it will take to improve your tattoo (within 80% accuracy). Click here to learn more.
There is a newer technique called the R0 for tattoo removal which will remove tattoos much faster than traditional techniques. The R0 protocol entails treating the tattoo 4 times in the same day. There is now NO waiting period between treatments because a topical liquid is placed which allows for the frosting which occurs (from heating nitrogen in the skin) to dissolve. Studies show much faster eradication, 1-4 sessions, with no more risks or side effects.
Before the advent of the medical laser, common techniques included cryosurgery, dermabrasion or excision. These methods can be painful and may often result in scarring. Laser treatments are safer. They are minimally invasive and only target the ink used in the tattoo process. Lasers are now the modern standard for tattoo removal, specifically the Q-switched laser.
Medical lasers use a beam of light to significantly lighten or completely remove your tattoo. When the ink particles absorb the light from the laser, they are broken up into fragments and then absorbed through your body’s immune system. This process generally takes a few weeks. The larger the tattoo, the more sessions it will take to break down the ink particles.
ARE Q SWITCHED LASERS EFFECTIVE TO TREAT TATTOOS?
The Q-Switched Laser has become the gold standard treatment for across all colors of tattoo removal. By creating a very short high energy pulse, the tattoo ink is thermo-acoustically broken up into minute particles that the body can readily absorb. As the laser attacks the tattoo, a light grey “frosting” appears on the tattoo, a signal that the appropriate energy was applied and the removal process will begin.
As the industry grows, so do the number of devices on the market. Not all devices are created equal and successful outcome depends on a variety of factors. The Spectra with its high power output and variety of dye hand pieces from Lutronic has become a gold standard for removing tattoos.
HOW DOES LUTRONIC’S Q-SWITCHED LASER WORK?
Removal of tattoos depends on the principle of selective photothermolysis; when the proper wavelength is applied the ink absorbs the energy preferentially, causing it to break down. The body’s natural healing processes remove broken down pigment over time. Surrounding tissue is largely unaffected, but not entirely spared, so tattoo removal is typically uncomfortable for patients. Numerous sessions are required to maximize results.
The Q-switched laser is the most commonly used device for tattoo removal. Modulation of treatment parameters allows users to customize treatment based on the condition and skin type of the individual patient, to maximize results as well as manage patient comfort and the potential for side effects. The 1064nm wavelength Nd:YAG is recognized as the safest choice for the treatment of darker skin types , however, special care must be taken due to the increased potential for burning or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
- Doctors may select among four laser wavelengths for maximum versatility to treat tattoos in patients of any skin type.
- The system features and a variety of handpieces to give your doctor more options.
- Treatment settings can be easily adjusted to customize treatment to your specific needs for best results as well as maximum comfort during treatment, with extremely low recovery and downtime.
WHAT WILL MY SKIN LOOK LIKE AFTER TREATMENT?
Right after your treatment, your skin will have a white discoloration, and the area around the tattoo may become reddish and appear swollen. This is normal and will disappear slowly over time. Results take about 5 weeks after each treatment. Immediately after treatment, antibacterial ointment and gauze will be applied to the treated area to minimize infection.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Occasionally, a whitening of the skin may occur. However, normal skin tone should return within 6 -12 months following your last treatment session. Since the ink used in tattooing can vary from tattoo to tattoo, some patients have only partial clearing even after several sessions.
WHAT IS TREATMENT LIKE?
Some patients say they feel a slight sting, like the snap of a rubber band on the skin. Many treatments do not require anesthetics. However, some patients feel more comfortable with a local numbing agent, such as a topical anesthetic.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The number of treatments required for optimal results depends on the size, location, depth and color of the tattoo. Treatment should be performed 4 – 8 weeks apart in order to allow the body to remove the maximum amount of tattoo pigment after each treatment.
Each session usually takes 10 – 30 minutes. You will continue to see lightening of your tattoo after each treatment as your body disposes of more pigment. Most patients will see improvement in their tattoos and results can be quite dramatic.
Treatment Type: Laser Tattoo Removal
Treatment Problem or Condition: Tattoos
Skin Type: No