Laser tattoo removal makes a hopeless, allegedly permanent personal problem literally evaporate.
It restores dignity and physical pride to people who made an impulsive mistake or eventually changed their minds about having tattoos that no longer please them, or are unsuitable to their lives. A safe, medically proven, professional process, requiring no invasive techniques or surgery, can remedy what was considered irreversible.
A person who has an embarrassing or unwanted tattoo will have lots of questions about laser tattoo removal.
It’s a cosmetic procedure that seems mysterious, even miraculous due to the traditional belief that body ink is forever, which is no longer the case. Body art has grown as an industry exponentially to the extent that nearly 40% of young people between the ages of 20-29 will have at least one tattoo, and so will 30% of those between 30-39. Anyone that wants to rid himself/herself of a tattoo should be comforted by the knowledge that with the tremendous proliferation of body illustration, recent surveys indicate 50% of tattoos will eventually be removed, something that was impossible until the 1990’s and the perfection of portable lasers.
The current, state of the art laser system is manufactured by Astanza.
They are the global leaders in the industry, producing the trinity Laser, which is the best q-switched machine for removing tattoos currently in the world. Essentially, highly trained practitioners at laser tattoo removal clinics will administer 3-10 treatments that are spaced 4-8 weeks apart. These take approximately 15 minutes. The evolution of the current lasers have made it possible to operate at various wavelengths in order to erase nearly any tattoo. The machine directs short pulses of accurately focused light energy at the inked skin. The technician first gauges the type of ink, density, depth and color of the tattoo in order to administer the appropriate wavelength of laser light and the correct amount of energy. This quickly heats up the target inked area, fragmenting the lines and tonal areas into smaller pieces, making it possible for the body’s immune system to get rid of these tiny particles of color by absorbing them until they fade away. Depending upon the quality of the artwork and ability of the tattoo artist, some designs will be easier to eradicate than others. Everybody’s skin is slightly different; some may be easier to erase ink from than others. The advanced trinity lasers from Astanza can remove tattoos with no lasting damage to the skin, leaving no scarring.
An obvious concern regarding laser tattoo removal is how painful the process will be.
Everybody is different, with their own level of pain tolerance, something people inevitably find out when they get their tattoos. Some feel only slight discomfort while getting their tattoos while others find the pain intolerable. So it is with laser tattoo removal; everyone feels a certain amount of pain. The sensation of the light pulses have been described as the skin being snapped by a rubber band; however, for most subjects the process is usually not very much more uncomfortable than when the original tattoo was applied. Well-trained clinic technicians can reduce the heat from the laser light pulses by using a small device to blow cool air onto the skin next to the laser. There are also topical anesthetic creams that are usually capable of lessening the pain that are applied before removal treatments. They contain agents such as Tetracaine, Lidocaine, and Benzocaine that are rubbed into the epidermis over the tattoo, usually about an hour before each session. Pain relievers such as Tylenol can be taken before each treatment to reduce bruising. A certified tattoo removal technician will always know which products and over-the-counter pain reducing medicines are the most effective and will cause the least amount of discomfort during the treatment.
Laser tattoo removal can cause some temporary changes to the skin.
It’s not a matter for concern; they don’t last and are easy to remedy. Normally the skin that’s treated will look whiter directly after a laser session. This will take around 24 hours to disappear. There can also be some hyperpigmentation of the affected area, which is a harmless patch of darkened skin. The solar lentigines (liver spots) that appear with age are another example of this, usually because of sun damage. The wavelengths and intensely focused light from the laser can cause this and it is temporary – treatable with benign agents such as sunscreens.
Is laser tattoo removal the ultimate solution? Unlike the old ways of attempting tattoo removal, such as dermabrasion (literally sandblasting the inked area), acids, useless fade creams, or surgery, a certified, professional removal clinic is safe and effective in erasing every tattoo.