Are you regretting your tattoo? You are not alone – a study found that one in four people regrets getting a tattoo. Thankfully, with the rise of technology and lasers, tattoo removal is not as painful, quicker and easier than ever before.
Dr. Bolger at Medical Aesthetics and Wellness Center has exemplary experience removing unwanted tattoos for patients in Iowa City IA. At Medical Aesthetics and Wellness Center, we utilize the PicoSure laser, the most superior tattoo removal laser technology in the industry. Compared to traditional lasers, the PicoSure laser is more effective on stubborn colors and often requires fewer sessions. Contact Dr. Bolger today for more information.
At Medical Aesthetics and Wellness Center we make tattoo removal as pain-free as possible. Since, we have a physician on site, we have various methods to manage pain:
We have a separate medical cooling device that cools the skin to -30 degrees to dull pain
We can use both injected or topical anesthetic
We can use laughing gas anesthesia for very large tattoos
How long will the tattoo removal treatment last?
Treatment time depends on the size of the tattoo. It can be 10 minutes but up to 45 minutes. The ink of the tattoo will “frost” and the surrounding skin will be red and somewhat inflamed.
We recommend you expect between 4-12 treatments to fully remove your tattoo.
Tattoo Removal Technology
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Sessions Will I Need To Erase My Tattoo Completely?
The number of sessions required for our laser tattoo removal is based on a few things: size, color, type of ink used, and the age of the tattoo. Color is the main determinant, as is the density of that color. Different colors require different wavelengths. Black and red are the easiest colors to remove; turquoise is the most difficult single color to target. All tattoos have layers of ink that are stacked on top of each other within the skin. Shaded areas clear more quickly because those areas have a lower ink density. Older tattoos can be removed with fewer treatments than newer tattoos.
Once we see your tattoo, we can give you a better idea for your tattoo removal, but expect from 4-12 treatments to fully remove it. These treatments need to be spaced about seven weeks apart.
Can All Tattoos Be Fully Removed With Lasers?
As noted above, there are many variables in every tattoo and tattoo removal. The majority of tattoos respond very well to our laser removal treatments. All tattoos can be lightened, usually dramatically, but there can remain a slight ghost of the tattoo after the final treatment session. The patient’s immune system plays a role, responding to the inflammation of the laser energy and removing the broken down tattoo color particles. We can’t guarantee that all tattoos can be removed, but we’ll do everything we can to lighten it as much as possible.
What About Full Black Tattoos?
Black tattoos respond well to laser energy, so they can usually undergo successful tattoo removal.
Will My Skin Look Different In The Treated Area After My Tattoo Removal?
Immediately after your tattoo removal treatments, the ink of the tattoo will “frost” and the surrounding skin will be red and somewhat inflamed. This will pass. Your skin will crust, but that’s just temporary recovery. Formerly, laser tattoo removal could scar the skin, as the energy was applied for too long a period and wider wavelengths were used. This is no longer the case. You may have some hyperpigmentation after treatment, but this usually resolves within a few months.
Can I Get Another Tattoo In The Skin Area Where I Received Treatment?
Once the skin has healed after your tattoo removal, you can get another tattoo on the same area. Because the laser energy duration is so brief, the surrounding skin isn’t affected, just the tattoo colors that absorb the targeted wavelength energy. After at least one month, you can have a new tattoo placed on the same area, should you wish to do that. However, we always remind our patients that they just had a fairly long treatment to remove a tattoo — are they really sure they want to get another one?
Do You Offer A Tattoo Removal Guarantee?
We offer a guarantee that your tattoo will be removed in 6 treatments or less or we will “treat to complete” with unlimited sessions until your tattoo no longer fades. As mentioned, while all tattoos can be lightened considerably, not all tattoos can be completely removed.
How Long Have You Been Using Lasers?
At Medical Aesthetics and Wellness Center, our laser tattoo removal expert is a certified laser technician with over four years’ experience in laser tattoo removal.
Do You Have A Physician On Site At All Times Who Specializes In Aesthetics In Case I Get Burned?
Dr. Bolger is on site four days a week, and he specializes in aesthetic medicine. But the incidence of any burning is virtually unheard of. That occurred with older laser technology where the wavelengths were not as targeted, and they could heat and burn the skin.
Does The Technician Have Medical Training?
Our technician has medical training to recognize complications. We also send our staff to national continuing education conferences 2-3 times each year to stay current with the latest tattoo removal methodology and technology.
Medical Aesthetics and Wellness Center proudly serves patients in Iowa City IA and surrounding areas with advanced tattoo removal services. Call 563-355-4813 or fill out a Contact Form here to schedule a consultation!
Before & After
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