Tattoo Removal

Tattoo regret or just want to lighten your ink for an upgrade? 

Before laser technology, tattoos were permanent decisions that, if regretted later, you just had to live with. Luckily today, if you've outgrown your tattoo and it no longer reflects who you are, tattoo removal is faster and more effective than ever before. You can easily have unwanted ink removed selectively, completely, or just lighten enough to add a new design. 

Early laser technologies had drawbacks, but today, tattoo removal lasers are more sophisticated and offer optimal results. The Discovery Pico laser is one of the most advanced laser tattoo removal system available. Now you really can say goodbye to your unwanted ink.

What sets Discovery apart?

Founded in Milan, Italy, internationally renowned Quanta, has earned a reputation for building state-of-the-art laser systems for use in over 130 countries across the globe. Every Quanta Laser, whether it's headed to Mars or a clinic, is tested for thousands of hours to ensure safety, efficacy, and overall patient satisfaction. 

The Discovery laser delivers an effective amount of energy to all the spot sizes, including the large spot size, allowing for deeper, more efficient penetration than traditional tattoo removal lasers. 

Rapid pulses of energy quickly and efficiently break down tattoo pigment allowing your body's natural detoxification system to remove it from your body. The Discovery has various handpieces allowing for ultimate flexibility and precise results.

The number of treatments needed depends on the size of the tattoo, age, the ink used, and a few other factors. Still, in general, the Pico Discovery Technology often allows for fewer treatments with superior results. 

Improves skin

Not only does the Discovery laser system efficiently remove tattoos, but it also improves your skin in the process. The energy from the laser stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.

Eliminates tattoo "ghosting"

Traditional laser tattoo removal technology is prone to a phenomenon known as ghosting. This occurs when the tattoo removal process causes a faint outline of the original tattoo. This results in a "ghost" image of the tattoo. While the ink may be gone, the ghost image of the tattoo remains.  Because the Discovery laser system stimulates healing and new skin production, it reduces the risk of tattoo ghosting, leaving you with clear, tattoo-free skin in the treatment area.

Q and A

How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

Treatment cost is based on size. Prices start at $95 per treatment and increase with the size of the tattoo. Sessions can be purchased individually, or you can save with package purchasing.  

Does Sun Exposure Affect The Process?

Yes. The treatment is the safest and most effective when the treated area has not had UV exposure, sun or artificial tanning, for six weeks before and after a laser tattoo removal treatment.

Avoid sunless tanning products two weeks before a session. Some sunless tanning products contain activators that can react with the laser and possibly lead to pigment issues. You may resume sunless products one to two weeks after treatment as long as all potential temporary post-treatment effects have healed. Be sure to discontinue two weeks before your next session.

How long will it take to remove my tattoo?

Tattoo removal is a process that relies on your body's immune system to eliminate ink from the skin.

It's not unusual for the body to take over a year to completely eliminate ink during your treatment series. We recommend eight weeks between treatments to allow the skin enough time to heal between treatments and the body's immune system to flush away the ink. Retreating to early will not speed the process up and could potentially cause unnecessary damage to the tissue.

Most patients will need between five and eight treatments. Some will see complete removal in four or five, and others may need ten or more treatments if there is significant scarring or layered tattoos. For example, to fade a tattoo to prep for a cover-up will take fewer sessions than complete removal.

Several factors can affect the tattoo removal process, such as the tattoo's age, the depth, the pigment used, multiple tattoos (cover-ups), or scarring from the tattoo application, and the overall health of the patient, to name a few. 

Does tattoo removal hurt?

Laser tattoo removal typically does involve some level of pain. That said, many say that it hurts less than they expected.

It's a common belief that tattoo removal is excruciating, yet most patients say that the sensation of removal is comparable to having a tattoo applied, but a much faster process. Common descriptions include the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin or bacon grease – basically, it's uncomfortable but bearable.  

We offer one of the most popular numbing methods, the Zimmer Cryo 6, a powerful chilling machine that blows cold air on the skin before, during, and after treatments. It's highly effective in making the treatments more comfortable.

How long does a treatment take?

Depending on the size of your tattoo and your tolerance, a treatment can take as little as a few minutes up to 20 to 30 minutes for a larger area. 

What is a treatment like?

During your session, you will hear the laser interacting with the ink as loud popping sounds each time the laser fires. You will feel the heat over the treated area  

the cryo Zimmer helps cool down the area. You will see a frosting effect over the entire tattoo that lasts for approximately 20 minutes. 

After the treatment is complete, and the frosting has subsided, your tattoo will be sightly swollen and red and tender to the touch. Wearing loose-fitting clothing over the area being treated will be more comfortable and will cause less irritation. The redness and swelling typically subside after 1-2 days. 

Will it leave a scar?

If the tattoo already features scarring, expect that to remain. When the proper laser protocols and patient aftercare are utilized, it's very uncommon for a patient to scar from a treatment. However, it is very common for a tattoo to feature pre-existing scarring from when it was applied. 

The laser targets and breaks down the tattoo pigment in the skin. If pre-existing scarring is present, it will break down this pigment within the scar tissue. Once the tattoo removal process is complete, the ink will have been eliminated from the location, but any of the scarring from the original tattoo will likely remain.

While it is uncommon to cause scarring from the laser tattoo removal sessions themselves, there is a risk for scarring if proper aftercare is not followed. Blisters and scabs are common side effects that are important in the tattoo removal healing process. However, picking scabs or not caring properly for blisters can allow scarring to happen. 

 Tattoo artwork revision:

  1. Selective removal
  2. Fading before a cover-up

Selective Removal and Selective Fade

Selective removal patients are looking to erase a part out of a tattoo piece.

For example, If you like the overall design of your tattoo but dislike an element such as an ex's name, or if the tattoo artist botched the artwork in an area or the tattoo extended further than they wished – they just want certain parts of the tattoo "cleaned up." 

Generally, selective removal patients want complete removal of the specific areas they want erased, but sometimes they want it faded in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. 

Fade for Cover-Up

Cover-up patients only want their tattoo faded down to make it easier for their tattoo artist to design a tattoo to be drawn in its place. Tattoo fading needs fewer sessions than complete removal. Often, 2 to 3 laser sessions are adequate to significantly fade the tattoo and allow the tattoo artist to have a better canvas to work on.

Are there side effects?

Side effects are an expected part of the tattoo removal process for most patients. Some side effects are an essential part of the immune response that helps eliminate ink from the skin. 

All patients should expect some level of side effects.

The most common side effects are:

  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Blistering
  • Scabs
  • Bruising
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypopigmentation

Most of these side effects are temporary. Redness, tenderness, and swelling typically subside within a day or two following treatment. Blisters usually appear within 24 hours of treatment; sometimes, the blisters are large and may look alarming – this is entirely normal. Scabs, bruising, and blistering may take up to a week or longer to heal.

Hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation occur when the body's production of melanin is skewed after a laser treatment. With hyperpigmentation, the body overproduces melanin in reaction to the laser treatment, so the skin in the treated area is darker than the natural skin tone. With hypopigmentation, the melanin is depleted by the laser treatment, and the skin appears bleached. Both hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation are typically temporary and resolve naturally with time. Patients with middle to darker skin tones have the greatest risk for pigmentation changes and should avoid sun exposure the weeks following each treatment.

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