At Wright Surgical Arts the lasers we choose have been researched in detail. We take pride in knowing that what we offer will give you REAL RESULTS! We use the most advanced laser technologies available. With our new Q-Switched Laser, the RevLite SI, manufactured by Cynosure, we are able to remove all tattoo colors on all skin types in just a minute or so with minimal discomfort due to different wavelengths of laser light which are attracted to different colors of tattoo ink.
Most people require on average one to three treatments for pigment reduction, and on average 3-10 treatments for tattoo reduction, performed every 8 weeks but occasionally more may be necessary. There are no set requirements for numbers of treatments, however, only recommendations.
Depending on the size of the tattoo to be removed, treatment can be very fast (less than five minutes) or lengthy. If the tattoo is small, we will normally inject local anesthetic or use lidocaine cream to reduce discomfort during the procedure. If the tattoo is large, then we will topically numb the area with anesthetic cream. During the procedure we will also utilize cold air to the area to help decrease any discomfort. The laser typically feels like a hot pulse that is fired at the skin in the pattern of the tattoo. Immediately following the treatment, you will feel some heat. We will apply topical ointment to the area and dress the tattoo with a bandage for proper healing.
Tattoo Removal takes multiple treatments. The treatment quantity varies upon patient satisfaction; average for most removals is 3-10, provided every 2 months. But, not all tattoos may be removed with 10 or more treatments.
How Does Tattoo Removal Work?
Tattoo Removal at Wright Surgical Arts is performed by using a Q-Switched Laser. The laser offers multiple wavelengths to choose from. Physicians use the optimum wavelength that passes into the skin and is absorbed by a specific color ink, customizing the treatment for each patient and each individual tattoo.
What Benefits Can I Expect?
The Q-Switched laser delivers short & high power pulses, effectively breaking apart darker colors that are able to be absorbed by the body’s immune system. Why is this important? This laser will leave the surrounding tissue intact unlike other methods of removal, allowing for better healing and blending to the surrounding tissue.
The color of the tattoo does matter. The tattoo could be completely removed from the skin or partially removed. Certain lasers remove certain colors. Also, keep in mind the lighter colors are more difficult to completely remove.
What Are The Risks And Side Effects?
Just as it was uncomfortable to receive the tattoo, there is also discomfort with the removal. To reduce discomfort, topical or local anesthetic is often used just before the procedure, in addition to very cold air blown on the area during treatments. Other side effects that can occur with tattoo removal include redness, welling and scabbing for up to two weeks post treatment. Proper skincare is needed post treatment to heal the treated area. Any laser treatment also has the risk of the following side effects although very uncommon: skin wound, infection, scarring, hypo or hyper-pigmentation, bruising and peeling.
Prior to treatment all potential risks and side effects will be discussed with you by your medical provider and cosmetic coordinator.
How Will I Look And Feel Before And After Tattoo Removal?
Aftercare: Just as you had to care for your skin after receiving the tattoo, it is important to also use proper skincare as directed by your laser provider after each procedure to remove the tattoo for proper healing. Topical ointment such as Vaseline or Aquaphor is usually recommended post treatment for proper wound healing.
Can This Be Combined With Other Treatments?
Other treatments should not be done on the tattoo during the wound healing process.