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It is the use of a highly-specialized laser platform that is selectively programmed to "shatter" ink particles in skin to aid the immune system in removing your tattoo over time.
While each individual has a very different pain tolerance, there is some discomfort associated with the procedure, ranging from nearly no pain to requiring local anesthetic. Regardless of where you fall, this procedure can be done painlessly, seeing as we are a medical clinic with access to prescription local anesthetics.
While to some, the relief of the burden of an unwanted tattoo may seem priceless, some cases may require some financial planning to make thorough treatment surmountable. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, we are equipped with multiple structures by which we can help you gain access to this treatment. Sessions can range from $129-$499 depending on the size and complexity of your tattoo.
This will depend on the individual characteristics of the tattoo in question. Using a six-axis system, our doctors will ask you during your consultation about:
1. Fitzpatrick Skin Type
2. Location of tattoo
3. Density of Ink in area
4. Presence/ absence of scarring
5. Number of colors in the area
6. History of cover-up or touch-up work
From this, an estimate of sessions will be calculated. We do, on average, complete the removal with as many as three sessions less than predicted by the 6-axis formula.
Great question, and yes! Inkstheticare does guarantee that we will maximize your removal within the session estimate!
The way it works is that you will be prescribed a minimum number of sessions to be purchased in a package that is all-inclusive. Once all the prescribed treatments are completed, Inkstheticare will sponsor unlimited additional treatments free of charge until your results are maximized.
Short answer: which ever laser can reach a full color spectrum. Of course, every provider will market their laser as the "best," however it is important to understand that lasers do not remove tattoos... your immune system does! Lasers simply "shatter" the pigment to assist this 4-6 week process.
At the current moment in the industry, there is absolutely no reason to undergo treatment with any platform that does not offer picosecond wavelengths. Within those, data-supported color reach should be a feature of the platform, and although platforms may perform optimally, it is important that the operator has have a strong knowledge about tattoos so as to be able to design guideline-driven treatment approaches.
Can it? Yes. Does it tend to? No. Millions of dollars are spent designing laser platforms with to main goals in mind: Color reach and selectivity.
Lasers are designed to go after pigment. If the beam is fired at an area that is part pigment and part unpigmented skin, it will attack the pigment, leaving the skin intact.
Stimulating your immune system to remove the pigment by breaking it into small particles is as natural as it gets!
Over the years, countless companies who do not have physician-exclusive access to medical-grade equipment have surfaced, creating the notion that "alternative methods" are healthier approaches, however a growing body of reviews have demonstrated a substantially increased incidence of complications. Almost always, these include incomplete removal and poor color reach, but have consistently also demonstrated a high incidence of scarring and very poor therapeutic planning by which to inform patients of approximate time of treatment.
Be wary of marketing companies who propose overly-simplified methods of tattoo removal, as this is a very complex dilemma that requires highly-specialized care by knowledgeable providers with experience.
At Inkstheticare, your laser tattoo removal will be performed directly by a doctor who focuses specifically in body art medicine. Dr. Ramos is a licensed physician with a formal apprenticeship and licensure in traditional tattooing who also underwent very close training directly by the Cutera Manufacturing provider and has access to ongoing data collection of outcomes to make sure you are receiving the most up-to-date, individualized treatment available in the area!
Patience is of the essence with this, but it depends on the amount of sessions needed. It will normally range between 4-8 weeks between sessions, with an average of 4-6.
Please visit our blog, entitled "Beyond the Needle: A doctor's perspective on Laser Tattoo Removal" by clicking the link provided. This blog is written and maintained directly by our medical director, who is constantly updating vital information to aid your decision-making!
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