Tattoos and how society looks at them have significantly evolved. Unfortunately, so many people hear your tattoo before they hear you. Perhaps a recent unlinking means un-inking so that your story evolves with real life.
Whatever the reason, you can rest assured our state-of-the-art laser technology and seasoned clinicians can remove your ink or help you evolve your story.
How does it work?
When getting a tattoo, the needle goes through several layers of skin in order to place ink that’s meant to stay there permanently. Our highly advanced lasers are able to remove the ink over several treatments.
The science behind the laser tattoo removal is in gradual disintegration of ink particles into smaller pieces, allowing the white blood cells to attack them, as the immune system starts to “recognize” them as foreign objects.
Your body’s amazing healing process
Our lasers are advanced and allow more successful disintegration of multi-colored ink particles. Over the course of the whole treatment, the client’s body will be digesting the ink as it is broken down into residue. Your body will then eliminate it through its waste process. The laser treatments break down the ink to make the lymphatic system’s job easier. The treated area fades continuously after each session.
Our lymphatic system has the ability to decompose the inserted ink to some extent on its own, over the extended period of time (the reason why tattoos fade and require retouch for that colorful look they once had), thus making older tattoos easier to remove. Clients with freshly done tattoos are usually advised to wait a certain period before starting the removal.
Are some tattoos more difficult to remove than others
Our lymphatic system has the ability to decompose the inserted ink to some extent on its own, over a period of time. Clients with new tattoos are usually advised to wait a certain period before starting the removal.
The color of the tattoo will also affect the number of treatments needed. Particles of black ink are the smallest and contain fewer metallic elements (making the ink easier to absorb the wavelengths of light), making them the easiest to remove. Colored tattoos (other than black) contain particles that are up to twice the size of the black pigment, making them more difficult to decompose. Green and yellow pigments have the biggest particles and require a few more laser sessions than red-shaded tattoos.
Not all of your skin is made the same. There are some areas of your body that respond more quickly than others to tattoo removal. Tattoos in areas with more blood vessels – those closer to the heart – will more easily fade. Areas with increased blood flow have an easier time of “rinsing off” the decomposed ink. For example, torso tattoos tend to fade more quickly than hand tattoos, ankle tattoos, wrist tattoos and feet tattoos. Science has taught us that diets rich in antioxidants might aid the fading process and it can certainly be of help to your overall health during the after-treatment recovery process.
As your bloodstream plays the most important role in getting rid of the ink residue from your skin, an active person, those with a healthy lifestyle and excellent blood circulation receive the greatest results.
Do it yourself home removal methods
It is crucial that you entrust your skin to a team of high-trained experts or clinicians who know their job – and be advised that the so-called DIY tattoo removal techniques will almost certainly result in severe skin damage.
For every home removal technique listed online, there are hundreds of horror stories. You’ll find recommendations for tattoo removal creams, tattoo removal salt, suggestions on how to fade your own tattoo, but the results of those self-treatments pose risks to your health, as they can lead to infections and permanent tissue scaring.
What should I expect on my first visit
In an initial meeting with one of our specialists, you will be given standard medical forms to complete and we’ll talk with you to learn a little more about your overall health. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a history of illnesses related to light sensitivity, certain skin conditions, laser treatment may not be right for you at this time.
Quanta laser technology – better than the competitors
When targeting a specific ink in the lower layers of the skin, the most important element of the process is the wavelength of the laser. Quanta Q-Plus C “Gold Standard” technology is designed to gently target only the tattoo pigmented skin layers, leaving the lower levels of skin unaffected.
Quanta’s technology is superior to what our competitors use. Quanta Q Plus uses a three-laser system. Lasers with different wavelengths are incorporated into one machine. This allows the Quanta laser, unlike any other in the market, to disintegrate various ink colors more easily, effectively and safely.
Professional tattoo artists often mix different colors in order to get a “rich” shade – making the removal difficult for single-wavelength technologies simply because it’s hard to tell which colors were used and which is the proper wavelength to treat them.
Our Quanta tattoo removal technology, addresses all of the various ink colors at the same time.
How many treatments will I need
Different types of tattoos, the location of the tattoo and your overall health determine the number of treatments required to remove your tattoo. Another factor to take into consideration when estimating the required time for tattoo removal is the quality of tattoo artwork. Amateur tattoos are easier to remove because they tend to use simpler components in their ink. Professional tattoo artists however, use a mix of organic dyes and pigments, making a high-quality tattoo slightly more resistant in the decomposing process.
Free ink analysis consultation
For assessing the number of treatments your tattoo removal, we use an ink analysis process called the Kirby-Desai Method. The Kirby-Desai Method uses a numerical scale based on values obtained in a research performed on 100 clinic patients who underwent laser tattoo removal.
These values are assigned to several parameters – such as your skin type, location of the tattoo on the body, colors used, amount of ink, scarring or tissue changes, and layering.
Preparing for your first tattoo removal treatment
We recommend that you are well rested and nourished prior to your first treatment. Regulating blood sugar with a healthy meal a few hours before will help you feel well and help your skin to recover quickly. If it is possible, shower directly before the appointment. The treatment opens your skin’s pores and sometimes there is some slight swelling afterwards. The tattooed area being treated must be clean of oils, creams or make-up, freshly shaved and accessible. To make yourself the most comfortable wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing.
What to avoid
Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as Ibuprofen, Motrin and Aleve can produce bruising after treatment. If you need to treat aches and pains prior to the treatment, use non-aspirin products, such as Tylenol.
Doctors recommend refraining from taking aspirin-containing medications for about three to seven days prior to the treatment. As for supplements, avoid fish oils, herbal supplements such as creatine and medications such as penicillin 48 hours before your appointment, as they can cause excess swelling.
Prolonged exposure of the tattooed area to the sun, UV lamps, spray tanning or tanning creams puts you at risk of hypopigmentation (a loss of color in the skin at the treated site) or hyperpigmentation (an abundance of color where the skin is treated), therefore we recommend that you plan your tattoo removal treatments at least three weeks after exposure to these elements. Before and after your tattoo removal treatments, cover the tattooed area, or use sun creams with 50+ protective factor.
Does it hurt
Every patient reacts differently to the treatment, but most have compared the treatment sensation to that of a rubber band snapping against their skin continuously, at a rapid pace. We use the Zimmer Cryo 6 cooling system as a natural way to numb the skin prior to and during treatments. We know that everyone has a different pain tolerance and our technicians will do their best to make the treatment as comfortable as possible.
How long does the treatment last
Once the Zimmer Cryo chiller has numbed the area, you will sit back, your eyes will be protected with a pair of glasses and the pulses of light will be directed onto the tattoo. We usually start the procedure with the lowest setting of the laser to determine how your skin reacts, and will adjust as necessary throughout the procedure. The time required for a single session usually depends on the size of the tattoo and the reaction of the skin to the laser. Treatment sessions last from a few seconds to fifteen minutes, but most of them only take minutes.
After the treatment
Our professionals at Skin Renew will provide you with detailed written recommendations to guide you through the days following the treatment. Pinpoint bleeding can sometimes be a reaction to the procedure, as well as some slight swelling. You will be advised to hold the treated area upright and apply an ice pack or cold compress directly after the treatment.
Although you should be able to go back to your everyday activities, it is best you rest and refrain from certain activities, such as heavy lifting. For most patients, the post-treatment sensation in the area is like a severe sunburn — it can be tight, itchy and somewhat raw.
The bandages should be removed the day after the treatment and the treated area gently washed with soap and water, without scrubbing. Over the course of 10 days, the skin will start to blister and form a scab – we call this “frosting.” It is a normal part of the healing process. It is important to leave the healing blisters alone, apply an antibiotic cream and keep the affected skin under a bandage.
The treatment area might be sensitive and we recommend avoidance of exercise for one to two days after each tattoo removal treatment. To avoid sun exposure be sure not to schedule your treatment before holidays or activities, including workouts. The average time between sessions is 4 to 6 weeks, but depending on skin reaction, it can take up to 8 weeks for the post-laser healing process to be completed. The treated site will gradually fade.
Am I at any risk after the treatment
When tattoo removal is provided by certified experts using professional tattoo removal treatments, the side-effects of laser tattoo removal are few and rare. Some patients may experience prolonged skin sensitivity, allergic reactions and changes in skin color. Infections are very rare, which is why it’s important to follow our after-care recommendations such as keeping the area clean and covered with A&D or Bacitracin ointment. The chances of permanent scarring are less than 5%.
As each patient’s skin reacts differently to the laser, even with all the technology and science embedded into the process, the 100% removal is not something a professional can guarantee. Some tattoos fade just partially after multiple treatments or leave a ghost image of the former ink.
Our highly successful tattoo removal process has achieved 100% success for nearly all of our patients. However, it is impossible to make a promise that a tattoo can be 100% removed.
We will tell you if your tattoo has the potential to be resistant. We’ll also tell you what the process will look like and what options are recommended if you have a stubborn tattoo.
If a tattoo removal specialist, clinician or doctor guarantees your tattoo can be completely removed, we recommend you ask a lot of questions. Be sure they aren’t using their words carefully to make it sound as though they are making a 100% removal process, without actually guaranteeing it.
What does it cost to remove a tattoo
Getting a tattoo removed is an aesthetic procedure, and therefore by nature, not covered by medical insurance. We have several payment options tailored to meet your personal finances, including discounts when paying for multiple treatments in advance.
Your initial consultation is always free. We’ll be able to analyze your ink, determine the treatment process and provide an estimate of the number of sessions you will likely need.