We utilize picosecond laser technology to target tattoo ink,and offer a safer, more effective means for removing tattoos. Our 1064nm Nd:YAG Picosecond laser primarily produces a safer wavelength that is preferred for dark-colored inks and is preferable for treating darker-skinned patients and is safe for all skin shades.
When laser energy is applied to the skin it is converted to heat within ink particles, causing fragmentation of large particles and rupture of fibrous capsules surrounding the ink.
Smaller ink particles are engulfed by the macrophage (immune system) and eliminated through the bodies waste system.
Multiple laser tattoo removal treatments are needed to achieve satisfactory results. Due to variations in tattoo ink depth, density, composition, and techniques used for placement,estimating the number of treatments needed for removal can be challenging. However,some generalizations about the number of treatments can be made based on patient and tattoo characteristics.
Professionally placed tattoos have greater ink density and typically require 12–16 and sometimes up to 20 treatments; whereas amateur tattoos typically require 4–8 treatments. Faded, older tattoos on paler skin types tend to be removed with fewer treatments than intense, multicolored tattoos ondarker skin types in distal locations. A “cover-up” is a tattoo that has one tattoo placed ontop of another, rendering a very high density of ink in the skin and requires more treatments for removal.
Laser tattoo removal treatments are 4–8 weeks apart to allow the skin to fully heal. Treatment intervals may be extended without any reduction in efficacy, and in fact, treated tattoo ink may continue to fade slightly after 6 weeks. The tattoo is appropriate for retreatment once the skin is fully intact, without a shiny appearance or skin flaking. Treating too soon and frequently may increase the risk of textural changes, scarring, and hypopigmentation.
Tattoo removal is considered a cosmetic treatment and is not reimbursed by insurance companies. Cost is based on tattoo size and the presence or absence of multiple colors.
Laser tattoo removal is painful. However, treatment of smaller tattoos is faster, and could take up to 5 minutes per treatment. Due to the rapidity of treatment, smaller tattoos can usually be performed without anesthesia. Treatment of larger tattoos such as confluent arm tattoo, referred to as a “sleeve,” can take 20–30 minutes and may require anesthesia.
Results from laser tattoo removal treatments are cumulative. Ink intensity gradually fades over the month following treatment. Fading from some treatments is more noticeable than others, and it is helpful to inform patients of this so they are not concerned with this variability. In addition, tattoos can change color as treatments progress due to removal of constituent inks.
While there is no standardized definition for tattoo removal, when viewed from 3–4 ft away, it is unlikely that onlookers will be able to detect the presence of a prior tattoo. When scrutinized up-close, patients may be able to discern where the tattoowas due to variations in skin pigmentation and in some cases, textural changes.
Copyright © 2019-2021 Corium Revive Rights Reserved.