Permanent Tattoo Removal/ Pigmented Lesions
The Making of a Tattoo:
The most common method of making a tattoo is with an electrically powered tattoo machine. The machines are fit with a single needle or many needles that can puncture the skin between 80 to 150 times per second. The needle(s) create a puncture wound and deposit tiny dots of insoluble ink to the dermal-epidermal transition point of the skin. These dots of dispersed pigment come together to make the tattoo image.
About tattoo ink:
It is important to know the FDA does not regulate the ingredients of the pigmented dyes that are utilized by a tattoo artist. Synthetic pigments and colorants vary widely from industrial organics to minerals to plastic-based compounds. For example: most black pigments and permanent inks will contain carbon or iron oxides and most blue pigments will contain copper salts or cobalt oxides, while other inks contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxides.
How the tri-lase removes a tattoo:
The Tri-Lase has been suited with an arsenal of light-based wavelengths specifically attracted to tattoo ink. In order to clear the ink from the skin, the laser system creates a collimated energy beam of light. The light will pass through the outer layers, targeting only the embedded ink. Energy from the laser is rapidly absorbed by the ink causing the pigment to fracture into microscopic particles. Over time, the body’s immune system will clean the particles from the skin causing the tattoo to fade and eventually disappear.
Can any type of tattoo be removed from the skin?
The Tri-Lase laser system contains specific technical advantages for removing a wide variety of tattoos. These range from professional to homemade or amateur, as well as traumatic and surgical tattoos.
How many treatments will it take?
Typically a person will need from 3 to 9 treatments. Your doctor can provide a more definite number upon consultation. Sessions should be spaced 6 to 10 weeks apart, giving time for the body’s immune system to naturally remove the pigment fragments.
Factors that determine how long the removal process will take:
* how long the tattoo has been in the skin (Newer tattoos are more resistant, while older tattoos are more easily removed.)
* the depth of the ink in the skin
* the type of ink in the skin
* if the tattoo was created by a professional artist or an amateur.
What does the treatment feel like?
Most patients report that the treatment sensation for removing a tattoo is similar to getting a tattoo. Others say the laser treatment feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Suite 103 uses multiple methods to keep the patient as comfortable as possible. This includes a cold air machine, topical anesthetics and numbing creams.
How will I take care of my skin after the treatment?
An anti-bacterial ointment and bandage is applied before you leave Suite 103. You should keep the area treated with ointment and bandages for 5-7 days post treatment. For optimal results, follow all post treatment instructions given to you by the clinician.
How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
Costs are dependent on the size of your tattoo. A consultation is necessary to determine the specifics of your need, as well as the cost to you.
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