We’ve got the latest in non-invasive tattoo removal so you can be done with it forever!
At Dr. Jhonny Salomon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, we have always vowed to bring you the most innovative technologies and we do our best to live up to this promise. Many of us have been victim to a moment of poor judgment, which has left us with a lifetime trace of that day. Until now, many lasers were not effective in removing dark tattoos and the best way to remove tattoos completely was through invasive surgery. Today, we are happy to introduce our newest addition in laser technology, laser tattoo removal with Medlite Laser by Cynosure.
At our practice, we use lasers to remove tattoo ink through energy generated by light. A laser is a device, which is designed to produce one or more specific wavelengths of light. Tattoo ink is removed by using this specific wavelength of light, which passes into the skin, but is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to break into tiny particles, which can then be eliminated by the body’s natural filtering systems. The laser provides maximum tattoo removal while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.
Lasers can remove professional, amateur (homemade), traumatic and surgical tattoos. On the average, professional tattoos require 6-10 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 5-7 treatments, all spaced approximately 5-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments required is dependent on the amount and type of ink used, and the depth of the ink in the skin. Often times, additional treatments may be needed to produce significant fading.
Patients can expect to see more than 95%
Fading of their tattoo through laser removal. However, it is important to know that there are many, many types of tattoo inks in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink was used, or how deeply it was applied, makes it impossible for the physician to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo and not all colors of ink disappear equally as well. Blue, black, and red ink have proven the best response while green, yellow, and neon inks are the most difficult to remove. Although additional treatments will produce significant fading, on occasion these difficult colors will not respond at all.
Prior to the treatment, the area is numbed to minimize discomfort. The laser emits light in very short pulses on the treatment area and patients generally feel a light pulse, similar to the snap of a small rubber band. After a treatment, you may experience some discomfort or irritation similar to mild sunburn.
We will instruct you about the care required after your laser treatment. On occasion, pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment can occur and an antibacterial ointment with a dressing will be applied to the area. This dressing will need to be changed regularly and any ointments provided will need to be reapplied. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated area should not be scrubbed. Also, prior to any laser treatment, the treatment area should not be exposed to sun for at least two weeks prior to treatment. It is important that you do not forget to use at least a 30 SPF Sun block with Zinc Oxide between treatments. The area should ideally be kept out of the sun during the healing process and in between treatments.
The cost for this treatment does vary and is dependent on the size of the area being treated as well as the number of treatments needed. Schedule your complimentary consultation to see if you’re the right candidate for laser tattoo removal.