Laser Tattoo Removal
While tattoos always seem like a good idea when they are being inked, they sometimes are regretted later. The image may lose its significance and meaning, or the aging of the skin may change the look of the original body art. With Sol Laser’s laser tattoo removal, rest assured that a tattoo no longer has to be permanent.
Although significant advanced in technology have been made since the laser’s introduction in the 1960s, at this time it is still impossible to remove a tattoo in one laser treatment session, no matter the size or color.
Many factors are taken into consideration when prediciting the number of treatments needed for complete tattoo removal. The location of the tattoo, the level of expertise of the tattoo artist, and the depth and color of pigment are the most influential factors.
Precision Laser Tattoo Removal
In the past there were several ways of treating tattoos, including dermabrasion, biochemical peeling and surgical removal. Scarring and pigmentation changes were common with these methods.
Sol Laser uses state-of-the art Q-Switched lasers that emit specific wavelengths of light that target specific pigment molecules. The precision timing of the vibrating laser breaks the pigment molecules apart underneath the skin surface. The body then takes over and over a period of a weeks, naturally clears these pigment molecules, gradually fading the tattooed image.
Lasers are most effective on professional works that are even in consistency, depth, and color usage. Tattoos applied by inexperienced artists are the most difficult to remove.
What to Expect
You will be treated with the most advanced technology to date to safely remove tattoos with maximum success and comfort. As the light energy gently vibrates and shatters the tattoo ink into small micro-particles that will be eliminated naturally by the body, the short pulses will feel similar to snaps of small rubber bands, followed by a warm sensation. Following the treatment the skin will temporally appear white; over time, the tattoo particles will fade through the lymphatic system and the skin will return to its natural color. The highest degree of success is achieved in removing dark blue, black, and red inks followed by orange and purple, while green and sky blue may require additional treatments for significant fading.
Instructions for Laser Tattoo Removal
Precautions before your laser tattoo removal treatment:
- No sun exposure for four weeks prior to procedure.
- Do not use tanning beds for four weeks prior to procedure.
- Do not use self tanning creams or products for four weeks prior to procedure.
- Tattoos must be over 6 weeks old to start removal process.
- Do no drink alcohol or take aspirin or an aspirin containing medicine for three days prior to, and two weeks after your laser treatment.
- Avoid direct exposure to the sun. A sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater should be used when exposed to the sun for several months before and after your treatment, or as long as you plan to continue treatment. Darker melanin or pigment from the sun may produce side effects or make the treatment less effective.
Care of the Treated Area:
The treated area may show a reddish/bruised discoloration. This will typically last 5-14 days, depending on what area of the body is treated. The treated area is very delicate and should be treated with care. Please follow this instructions at completion of each treatment:
- Discomfort or stinging may be evident, but usually lasts no more than 6-8 hours. Tylenol may be taken or ice packs applied during this period.
- If swelling occurs, ice water compresses may be applied. For facial swelling, sleep with your head elevated.
- Healing ointment should be applied 1-2 times a day if blistered.
- If a crust or scab develops, allow it to fall off on its own. Do no pick at the area. Keep the area moist with the ointment until the crust falls off.
- Do not scratch or rub the treated area until all bruising or crusting disappears.
- Do not take a bath for the first 72 hours after treatment as the intense heat may cause additional discomfort. Showering is permitted. Do not soak in a tub until the area is healed. Do no rub the treated area with a face cloth or towel. Pat the area gently to dry so the skin is not disturbed.
- Avoid swimming and sports if any bruising is present to reduce skin irritation and infection.
- Do not apply makeup for 2-3 days, or as long as crusting is present.
- Avoid exposure to the sun. If sun exposure is expected, apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater to prevent pigmentation changes until the lesion is healed. If the lesion has a scab or tissue changes, cover the area while exposed to the sun. We recommend one that contains both zinc and titanium dioxide for proper and total protection.
When the discoloration/bruising clears, there may be very little change in the appearance of the lesion. Improvement will take place slowly over a period of several weeks.