Tattoo Removal Brownwood, TX
Erase Your Ink with Laser Tattoo Removal
Tattoos are an ancient art form that currently has undergone a renaissance. Over the last few years it has gone from crude pigments, usually charcoal, to very extensive and colorful works of art on a living canvas.
Tattoos are permanent and often a youthful indiscretion or an impulse frequently undertaken while under the influence of alcohol or after chemical substances. What seemed so cool at the time of the tattoo placement does not seem to be such a wise move later on.
Others put names of husbands, wives, or lovers on themselves. Life’s situations can change but evidence of previous relationships or liasons remain indelibly.
Others wish to change part of a previous tattoo and have something else injected into their skin and update the tattoo.
One must remember, tattoos are not all the same. The type of ink, the color, the depth to which the ink was injected are all factors that can affect how long it takes to remove a given tattoo.
The laser shatters the ink into much smaller particles which the body gradually absorbs. Often times several treatments are required with different wavelengths of laser for certain colors. The treatment can cause some discomfort. We take precautions to reduce the amount of sensitivity caused by the laser.
Consultations for laser tattoo removal in Brownwood Texas are available at Creative Image Laser Solutions. Prices, estimated treatments, and post treatment care can be discussed at that time.
Will the tattoo be completely gone after the first treatment?
Depending on the size and color of the tattoo, the number of treatments will vary. Between five and 15 treatments are usually necessary to clear the tattoo and allow the skin to return to its natural color. Laser treatments vary from patient to patient depending on the age, size, and type of tattoo, and whether it was done by a professional or amateur. The color of the patient’s skin, as well as the depth to which the tattoo pigment extends, will also affect the removal technique.
Can all colors be removed?
Black and blue tattoo pigments absorbs all laser wavelengths, making those tattoos the easiest to treat. Other colors may be treated by the MedLite Laser’s selected wavelengths. Certain colors may be more effectively removed than others.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser tattoo removal works by releasing high-intensity light beam lasers to break up the pigment colors of the tattoo. This treats the tattoo by vibrating and shattering the ink into smaller micro-particles, which can then be easily and safely removed. The lymphatic system of the body gradually absorbs the color producing a fading. Usually, between 5 and 15 treatments are necessary to clear the tattoo and allow the skin to return to its natural color. This treatment is not effective for white or cosmetic ink
What Equipment Do You Use To Remove A Tattoo?
Tattoo removal should be as efficient, convenient, and comfortable as possible. We are proud to achieve these goals using the PicoSure® laser device. This laser platform, used for laser tattoo removal as well as cosmetic skin rejuvenation, works several times faster than older laser devices. The speed of the newer technology reduces overall treatment time without compromising outcomes.
How Does The Laser Break Up The Tattoo Ink?
Tattooing involves injections of one or more pigments into the skin using an electric tattoo machine. The body views pigment as a foreign invader so will attack it via macrophages sent by the immune system. Knowing this natural response will occur, tattoo artists must deposit large particles of pigment. This way, the macrophages that arrive to remove the ink become full and trapped along with the particles of pigment that are visible through the skin. Knowing how tattoo pigment is held in place, we also the key to removing unwanted pigment: make it smaller.
Laser devices target pigment with bursts of light. The different pigments in tattoos absorb and reflect specific wavelengths of light, which means the wavelengths used to remove pigment must differ. For example, a 1064 laser device can remove black tattoo ink. The device must have a 585 wavelength to remove blue ink, and a 532 wavelength to remove red ink. The PicoSure device has several wavelength settings, as well as unique light delivery, that targets pigment for absorption. When the light is absorbed, the pigment shatters into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces can then be picked up by the body’s immune system and flushed out of the body.
How Many Laser Tattoo Treatments Will I Need?
Just like it can take more than one sitting to get a tattoo, it generally takes several treatments to get rid of one. The number of appointments that is necessary can vary based on several factors. When determining the number of treatments that would be ideal, the provider evaluates the colors that are in the tattoo, its size, its age, and its location. Skin type may also contribute to the speed at which the tattoo pigment breaks apart. While laser tattoo removal has been the most efficient form of tattoo removal for some time, newer devices have elevated the game. The PicoSure device, for instance, delivers light in bursts of a trillionth of a second. The speed of light reduces heat buildup in the skin while simultaneously targeting pigment with amazing accuracy. The average number of PicoSure laser tattoo removal treatments a patient needs is two to six.
Why Do I Need Multiple Tattoo Removal Sessions?
It takes multiple sessions to remove a tattoo because this process works in the opposite manner of tattooing. When you get a tattoo, your artist uses a small needle to force ink pigments into various layers of your skin. Once the ink is in place, its particle size prevents it from moving. The laser tattoo removal process fades pigments by breaking them up into smaller particles. In smaller particle sizes, pigment is easier for the body to remove naturally. However, the process involves the immune system and the lymphatic system, both of which work step-by-step to target, pick up, and eliminate unwanted tattoo ink.
Will Laser Tattoo Removal Scar My Skin?
There is a risk of scarring as a result of laser tattoo removal. However, data show that this has happened in less than two percent of cases.
Can Laser Tattoo Removal Be Used To Fade A Tattoo Prior To A Cover-Up?
Yes! Laser tattoo removal is not limited in its scope to full removal only. Many people seek laser treatment to lighten all or part of an existing tattoo to then add more details or elements of color at a later time. If your intention is to get laser tattoo removal to improve the appearance of your cover-up, talk to your tattoo artist about the best timing for your new tattoo. Some artists suggest waiting six weeks while some suggest a six-month period of healing in between the laser treatment and the new tattoo.
Will It Work On Colored Tattoos?
Laser technology has improved a great deal over time to target a broader range of tattoo pigments more efficiently. Historically, laser devices have worked quite well on darker tattoo pigments, provided the tattoo itself was relatively “young.” Newer technology like the PicoSure device is designed to remove a wide range of pigments more quickly than older devices. Our PicoSure device picks up colors like yellow, purple, green, blue, and even pink or white with greater efficiency than older devices could have. This device is even known to work well on difficult recalcitrant tattoos that have been treated previously but not fully resolved.
Is tattoo removal painful?
Most patients do not require any anesthesia. However, depending on the location of the tattoo and the pain threshold of the patient, the doctor may choose to use some form of anesthesia, such as a topical cream or numbing injections at the site of the procedure, or a combination of both. The best way to describe how laser tattoo removal feels on the skin is that it is similar to the feeling of a snapped rubber-band.
Are their risks involved with tattoo removal?
There are minimal side effects to laser tattoo removal. However, you should consider these factors in your decision:
- The tattoo removal site is at risk for infection.
- There may be a lack of complete pigment removal.
- There is a slight chance that the treatment can leave a permanent scar.
- There is a risk of hypo-pigmentation, where the treated skin is paler than surrounding skin, or hyper-pigmentation, where the treated skin is darker than surrounding skin.
- Cosmetic tattoos such as lip liner, eyeliner, and eyebrows may darken following laser treatment. Further treatment of the darkened tattoos usually results in fading.
How much does tattoo removal cost?
The average laser tattoo removal cost ranges from $200 to $500 per treatment session. The cost is dependent on several factors, including the type and extent of the tattoo and the skill of the doctor. Tattoo removal is a personal option, and in most cases is considered a cosmetic procedure. Most insurance carriers will not cover the process unless it is medically necessary. For more financial information on tattoo removal, click here.
With this new technology, Creative Image Laser Center wanst to become your choice for a tattoo removal in Brownwood, TX! Call our office to request a consultation, and let us discuss your tattoo removal options with you: (325) 641-1927.