Step-by-Step Laser Tattoo Removal

I.

When your tattoo was applied, thousands of particles of ink were deposited into the dense inner layer of skin known as the dermis.

Your body’s normal reaction to the introduction of foreign particles is to absorb and eradicate them. That is why tattoos fade over time. But a tattoo won’t completely disappear on its own because the ink particles are too large.

During the laser tattoo removal process, the large ink particles are shattered into many smaller pieces, which the body can then remove.

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II.

Our tattoo removal laser selectively targets the ink molecules only, not the surrounding skin tissue. The very short and fast pulses of concentrated energy are delivered at specific wavelengths for each color.

Once the ink particles have been broken down into smaller pieces, the body’s immune system will go to work removing them and the tattoo will begin to fade.

 

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III.

Complete removal of a tattoo typically requires multiple treatments because the ink is layered into the skin.

Each tattoo removal treatment targets deeper layers of ink that were previously hidden by the earlier layers.

 

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VI.

We recommend your laser tattoo removal treatments be spaced at least 6-8 weeks apart. This allows your body to do its part in the healing process, absorbing and carrying away the ink particles. This timeframe will allow for an optimum degree of fading between visits. 

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V.

After eight laser tattoo removal treatments, the tattoo is gone! There is minimal skin discoloration which varies depending on skin tone. The success of any tattoo removal is due, in part, to a client’s dedication in following all after-care instructions such as avoiding the sun, smoking, and alcohol.

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Our Laser Tattoo Removal Technology

Our laser is the Quanta Q plus C and is FDA approved for Tattoo Removal. It is the best, strongest and safest laser available and features the first ever incorporated, Ruby laser. The Q-Plus laser is unique in that it has three different wavelengths built into one system.

This combination allows Skin Renew to effectively target all tattoo colors and pigmented lesions with the lowest risk of texture changes, and fewer treatments. The hardest colors to remove including Blue, green, red and black pigments are removed quickly and efficiently thanks to the Quanta Laser- the Gold Standard in tattoo removal.

*During the laser tattoo removal process, the ideal clinical endpoint for each laser tattoo removal treatment is “laser snow” or whitening of the skin over the treated area.

Treatment Phases

Inflammatory Phase

  • Includes hemostasis and inflammation.
  • After an injury to tissue occurs, the cell membranes, damaged from the wound formation release vasoconstrictors which help to limit hemorrhage.
  • After a short period, capillary vasodilatation occurs secondary to local histamine release, and the cells of inflammation are able to migrate to the wound bed. First platelets come in which release epidermal growth factor, fibronectin, fibrinogen, etc.
  • Then come scavenger cells (macrophage) to take away wound debris and to stimulate fibroblasts (to make new collagen).
Proliferative Phase
  • Re-epithelialization, angiogenesis, granulation tissue formation, and collagen deposition are the main steps in this portion of wound healing.
  • If the basement membrane remains intact, (fractional treatments) normal layers of the epidermis are restored in 2-3 days.
  • If the basement membrane has been destroyed, similar to a (second or third-degree burn), then the epidermis is rebuilt from the periphery. This takes longer and may appear different.
Maturational Phase
  • The wound undergoes contraction, resulting in a smaller amount of apparent scar tissue.
  • The entire process is a dynamic continuum with an overlap of each phase.
  • The wound reaches maximal strength at one year, with a tensile strength that is 30% of normal skin.
  • Collagen deposition continues for a prolonged period, but the net increase in collagen deposition plateaus after 21 days.