De-inking has progressed from a so-so, time consuming process to a much faster, safe and effective method. Finally, that unforgettable tattoo can become forgotten with the most advanced laser tattoo removal technology available on the market – enlighten™ .
Introducing the world’s first – and only- dual wavelength (1064 nm + 532 nm) and dual pulse duration (picosecond + nanosecond) laser system featuring superior results!
Enlighten features extremely short and high-power picosecond laser pulses which efficiently and quickly breaks down the ink particles in tattoos. A picosecond is one-trillionth of a second and is 1,000 times shorter than nanosecond pulses used in existing lasers for tattoo removal. Picosecond laser pulses have been shown to remove tattoos more completely and in fewer treatment sessions than traditional laser used historically in the past.
There are a number of factors which will influence the treatment, for example the colors of the ink, the type of lasers available to your treating physician, and the size of the tattoo. Each tattoo is unique and each patient is also unique. Amateur tattoos, which often tend fade on their own, are generally much easier to remove. Multicolored professional tattoos with red, blue, yellow and other colors may require numerous treatment sessions before being totally erased. Black inks tend to come out quite easily, while green and white can be troublesome and require multiple wavelengths to be removed. The removal of tattoos involves laser light being absorbed by the skin cells surrounding the ink of the tattoo so the body may remove the ink.
At Stirling Skin Care Clinic we use the Enlighten by Cutera: Pico and Nano Seconds that are designed specifically for removal and lightening of the ink that comprises a tattoo. When doing tattoo removal, it is important to use a laser that is designed to remove tattoos. It is important to have your tattoo removal done with a laser that is specifically designed to remove tattoos, as many lasers are not intended for tattoo removal and will damage the skin.
At Stirling Skin Clinic we use Laser Specialists to perform laser tattoo removal. Whenever you are doing a laser treatment you want to be treated by certified medical professionals, and you want to make sure there is good physician oversight and the ability to see a physician for consultation and follow up.
Although a tattoo looks like a simple painting on the skin, it’s actually a series of ink deposits placed deep into the skin – designed to last forever. The reality is that thousands of people decide to remove their tattoos each year because the designs are no longer relevant to their lifestyle. Lasers are the safest and most effective way to remove tattoos.
Enlighten uses PhotoAcoustic energy to safely penetrate the skin and target the tattoo at its core. The laser energy is directed at the pigment of the tattoo and short pulses of energy pass harmlessly through the outer layers of the skin to treat the tattoo. Each pass of the laser vibrates and gently shatters the tattoo ink into very small particles. At the same time that is does this, it induces an inflammatory response in the skin. This inflammation helps carry away the tattoo pigment from the skin. Laser tattoo removal requires multiple sessions. Because the laser delivers the energy in a very precise ‘beam,’ Technicians can trace the design without damaging the surrounding skin. Earlier methods of tattoo removal involved the use of dermabrasion, surgery and CO2 lasers, but these procedures left behind scars or lighter skin in place of the tattoo.
All laser tattoo removal requires multiple sessions. The number of treatments depends on the amount, type of ink used, and the depth of the ink in the skin, as well as the location of the tattoo, and individual health considerations. During your initial consultation we will evaluate your tattoo characteristics and discuss how many treatments we expect the removal of your tattoo may require. We will also monitor your tattoo at each treatment session. Black tattoos are easier to remove than multi-colored designs, but all tattoos must be treated with the proper laser. Most “amateur or home-made” tattoos will generally require about 5-7 laser treatments. “Professional” tattoos and those done with harder inks, tend to be more variable in response, and average about 8-15 laser treatments. Some stubborn tattoo inks may require even more treatments. There are no guarantees as to how many treatments you will need or how much lightening you will see with each treatment, but you can expect to see some lightening with each treatment.
Treatments are spaced 4-12 weeks apart, depending on your skin type and where you are in your treatment cycle.
Patients say the experience feels similar to the tattoo application itself – a snap of a rubber band followed by a feeling of warmth. That said, it takes much longer to remove a tattoo than to get a tattoo – about six to 15 sessions (or more), depending on the amount of colors, the size of the design and the type of ink.
In most cases, over time, the tattoo fades and the skin returns to normal color; however, there are many different types of tattoo inks and some colors are difficult to treat so we cannot guarantee that all tattoos will disappear completely. We recommend a consultation so we can evaluate your tattoo and give you a better estimation on the number of treatments you may need.
Fees will be determined during your free consultation. Pricing is based on tattoo size. We offer individual treatment pricing as well as discounted package pricing. The factors determining number of treatments needed include the color of the ink, type of ink, and the depth of a tattoo. High quality, professional tattoos may require more treatments since there is more ink and it reaches deeper in the skin.
No; black and red inks fade best. Oranges, yellows, and purples usually respond well. Green and blue inks are the most difficult to remove, although multiple treatments can produce satisfactory results.
You may resume most activities soon after treatment, however, you need to ensure the area is not rubbed or scratched. If you are in the sun, you should cover the treated area to prevent sunburn until the skin has healed. Most importantly, follow our clinical staff's directions; they may adjust from treatment to treatment to ensure the best results.
In the first 24 hours you will want to apply ice periodically. You will also need to rest and elevate the treated area, as well as limit activities. Avoid any soaking of the area including steam rooms, saunas, swimming pools and pedicure bowls. Keep the tattoo moist with Vaseline or Aquaphor. After 24 hours, and until the tattoo area is healed, you can resume all activities except swimming. Do not soak the tattoo in a hot tub, swimming pool or pedicure bowl until fully healed. Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds at all times during your treatment course.