Today, while nearly 10 percent of people in the United States have tattoos, more than half of them regret them and desire to have them eliminated. What may seem beautiful in our teen years may be undesirable a decade or two later. Tattoos have been a decorative practice for humans that goes back centuries. Many view tattoos as a form of self-expression and identity, however, tattoos may also create barriers to employment and social acceptance as we age. As these tattoos fade and your skin loses its youthful elasticity, they can be bothersome rather than elaborate decoration. Thankfully, lasers with Q-Switched technology are now the best removal treatment to naturally reduce the appearance of your tattoos without damaging the skin.
The process of laser tattoo removal at Spa in the City is similar to when you first got your tattoo or permanent makeup. While pain tolerance is an individual matter, most of our patients tolerate Q-Switched tattoo treatment well and say it’s similar to a rubber band snap to the skin. The majority of patients don’t need anesthesia, though we offer topical anesthetic for the most sensitive areas.
Afterward, the area is thoroughly cleaned and bandaged. Your aesthetician always provides written aftercare instructions following the treatment. The number of treatments for Q-Switched laser takes into account such factors as the tattoo’s location, patient’s age, and the skin type. Although we will need to see your tattoo to give you a fair estimate of removal time, most tattoos require eight to 12 sessions, spaced a month and a half to two weeks apart.
Methods for tattoo removal have existed almost as long as the process itself. However, the scarring and pain associated with the procedure are often more offensive than the tattoo. Salabrasion and dermabrasion require sanding of the skin that can cause significant trauma, bleeding, and scarring. Other options have included cutting away the area where that tattoo exists, but this method leaves inevitable scarring and recovery is lengthy. Skin grafting was another option that could be combined with skin excision in an attempt to reduce scarring. Q-Switched, Nd: YAG lasers offer many advantages over previous methods for tattoo removal, and are presently the treatment of choice for tattoo removal.
The Nd: YAG Q-switched laser delivers light quickly to the skin and at a very high energy. These quick pulses are absorbed by the tattoo’s pigment, breaking it into particles that are small enough for natural removal by the body. As the pigment breaks apart, it flakes free from the surface.
Q-Switched laser offers high efficiency at very low risk for the skin. It enables effective tattoo removal with little chance of side effects such as burning of the skin and other tissues.
The Q-Switched laser systems can remove all types of tattoos with minimal scarring if any. Amateur and professionally drawn tattoos, as well as traumatic tattoos, are treated successfully. Our Q-Switched laser can also remove all cosmetic tattoos, such as eye or lip liner as well.
The Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser is the workhorse of tattoo removal. The Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser is uniquely suited to the elimination of dark blue and black inks. Double frequency Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser is used to remove orange and red pigmented tattoos.
To get rid of tattoos for good, call Spa in the City at 972 441-7933. You won’t regret your decision for presentable, smooth skin that’s tattoo free.