Is everyone and every tattoo the same, or are there levels and different settings?
- 1064 wavelength: this wavelength targets black inks that sit the deepest-typically black inks are the easiest to remove.
- 694 wavelength: the Ruby wavelength targets the Blue/ Green colors. These colors are sometimes more difficult to remove- and the ruby is the best wavelength to remove these colors.
- 532 wavelength: are used to target the red/orange colors that typically sit at the least depth in the skin.
What is the aftercare treatment?
- The area will be covered with an ointment such as A&D and a bandage after each treatment.
- Apply this type of ointment for 3 days, 2 times daily.
- A client can take ibuprofen for discomfort but NOT ASPIRIN.
- A cool compress can also be applied.
- The area should be kept dry for 24 hours to increase the speed of healing.
- Do not pick at any scabs or pop blisters.
- Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated.
- After three days, let the area dry out for more rapid healing.
- Always contact your family physician if there is unusual swelling or pain.
How long does each session take?
The timing all depends on the size of your tattoo, but overall the process is very quick. Your body can only absorb so much ink/color so if you have a larger tattoo we will have to break up your treatments into several sessions.
Will your tattoo go away 100%?
There are 250 types of ink in the tattoo market, which are not regulated by the FDA so we have no way of knowing what we are working with. We do see 100% removal in many cases but please note there is a chance that the tattoo will just fade.
Can skin tone affect how my tattoo removes?
In the same way that every tattoo is unique to the individual, so is the removal of that tattoo. The tattoo removal process begins with a complimentary consultation where we assess the size and location of your tattoo, skin tone, as well as the color and depth of the ink. We will then determine the number of treatments needed and how skin tone affects laser tattoo removal. There is a scale that is referred to as the “Fitzpatrick Scale”. It helps professionals evaluate your skin for the best treatment.
The breakdown is below:
- Fitzpatrick Type I
Highly sun-sensitive, always burns, never tans.
- Fitzpatrick Type II
- Fitzpatrick Type III
- Fitzpatrick Type IV
- Fitzpatrick Type V
- Fitzpatrick Type VI
The tone of your skin will have a direct impact on your results. Different skin tones require different protocols for effective treatment. The tattoo removal laser works by making a distinction between the ink and your skin. The more contrast there is between the two, the more aggressive we can be with the laser settings. Knowing your skin type helps us predict your response to laser tattoo treatments as well as letting us know which lasers can be safely used on your skin.