Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Closed Until Further Notice

Redding Laser Tattoo Removal is closed until further notice

Thank you to all of our clients. It has been our pleasure to assist you with your tattoo removal goals. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Collagen P.I.N. Micro-needling

What is the Collagen P.I.N.?

Collagen P.I.N. is the newest generation of micro-needling. Collagen P.I.N is adjustable from .5mm to a full 3mm in depth. This allows us to customize the treatment to your individual skin needs, while fine-tuning the variable speed for a smooth treatment on all skin types and areas.

P.I.N stands for "percutaneous induction needling." It is a technique that uses controlled injury to the skin to stimulate repair and regenerate new collagen and elastin. The needles create small puncture wounds into the dermis, which are repaired with new skin cells or, when used for hair restoration, regenerated hair follicles. Additional healing and corrective agents are often incorporated into the treatment through the channels made by the micro-needling. 

How is Collagen P.I.N. different from roller micro-needling?

Accessing the dermis with the Collagen P.I.N. creates a thicker dermis, which results in smoother skin with softer lines and a more even texture. Alternatively, a roller makes horizontal punctures into the skin and has a fixed depth and can not be adjusted to penetrate variable skin depths to reach the dermis.

How is Collagen P.I.N. different from laser?

While the laser uses heat to vaporize the skin, Collagen P.I.N, uses needles to mechanically produce mirco-channels into the dermis. Because the there is no additional damage from heat, the healing time is faster and carries fewer risks for complications. And, unlike laser which is not indicated for darker skin types, Collagen P.I.N is safe for all skin types. 

Can Collagen P.I.N. be used on the body?

Yes. Collagen P.I.N. penetrates to a depth of 3mm and has an adjustable speed, which allows it to glide over even thicker skin without the needles "dragging." It can be used for smoothing and reducing stretch marks and body scars. It is also indicated for repairing photo damaged skin in areas like the arms and hands and loose skin on the abdomen. 

Can Collagen P.I.N. be used for hair regeneration?

Yes.  PRP and micro-needling are effective in hair regeneration for both men and women. PRP is micro-needled into the scalp. The advantage to PRP over medication is that the hair follicles can be regenerated resulting in new hair growth with thicker hair shafts and a higher hair count. 

What is PRP?

PRP is your own blood spun down to isolate the healing and growth factors and is directly applied to an area as part of the micro-needling treatment. PRP promotes an even, more rapid healing and cell regeneration. It is particularly indicated with hair regrowth, scar and stretch mark treatments, but can take any treatment to the next level.

How many treatments will I need?

It depends of your goals and your skin or hair restoration needs. For some people one treatment will address their concerns, however, most people need to repeat the treatment to achieve their rejuvenation goals. For optimal and longer lasting results, 3 to 6 treatments are usually recommended with an annual maintenance treatment.

How will my skin look after my treatment?

Following a treatment, your skin will feel similar to how it feels when sunburned. It will be reddish in color, feel warm and can have mild swelling. In most cases, the redness and swelling disappears in 12 to 24 hours. It is safe to resume your normal activities the following day. The skin care kit that we provide has a cleanser, skin serum, moisturizer and tinted sunscreen. The sunscreen is a beautiful coverup and protection for skin, or we can direct you to which makeup is appropriate to wear. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Look Mom, No Tattoo!

These are untouched snapshots taken on an iPad for reference to assess the results of the last treatment and plan the next treatment. As you can see, there is a faint shadow remaining, which will fade over the next 12 months.

The Original Tattoo
Skin Following Laser Tattoo Removal

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Don't Try This at Home

The correct laser is the safest, most effective method of tattoo removal. As anyone who has had laser tattoo removed can tell you, removing a tattoo requires patience and persistence. Be suspicious of anything that promises a quick result. Tattoos are intended to be permanent and there is no easy or fast method of removing them.

Tattoo ink is located in the dermis (the second layer of skin). Lasers are single wavelengths of light that penetrate the epidermis (the top layer of skin) and are absorbed by the ink molecules. This is the reason why fading creams are ineffective. Creams, without acid, can't permeate the epidermis into the dermis and reach the ink. The problem with acids is they are hard to control and there is a significant risk of permanent scarring (1).

Scarring from tattoo removal cream

Some establishments offer acid injected into the dermis, similar how a tattoo is placed. For fair skin and in a small area, a desirable effect can be achieved with this method. Unfortunately, there can be a loss of pigment and risk of scarring in those areas. Below is a tattoo where a portion was in the process of laser tattoo removal. A coverup was placed over the faded ink and in the places where the faded ink was visible, acid was injected to further fade the tattoo.

Several weeks post treatment with acid injections 

Be careful and do your research. Any method improperly applied can lead to poor results and sometimes there are negative side effects. Understanding the process is your best insurance for being satisfied with the results.

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25962974

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Have You Heard of DeScribe Patches?

The DeScribe Transparent PDF Patch is an update to the R20 protocol, where multiple laser treatments are performed at the same appointment. While the R20 is an excellent option for certain tattoos, it is time consuming, as the treatments are spaced 20 minutes apart to allow for the white "frosting" to clear between treatments.

DeScribe patches work by dissipating the "frosting," or white gasses that are caused by the ink breaking. This allows up to 4 passes during the laser treatment for increased ink clearance during healing.

DeScribe Patch
We have been using the Describe patch since September and are seeing excellent results.

Untreated Professional  Tattoo

After One Treatment Using the Patch

Thursday, August 20, 2015

From Italy to Redding Laser Tattoo Removal

Redding Laser Tattoo Removal now has a 5mm hand piece for our laser.  Quanta lasers are manufactured in Italy and we are the first laser tattoo removal clinic to import the 5mm hand piece for the Quanta Q+C Q-Switch laser. It joins our 2mm, 3mm and 4mm hand pieces. 

The 5mm hand piece is another tool we have to customize treatments for maximum ink removal with minimal healing time and side effects. 
The 5mm hand piece allows the laser to penetrate further to reach ink that is deeper in the skin. It works well on dark ink and after a fractionated CO2 treatment, which brings ink higher in the skin. The 5mm hand piece is well suited for darker skin, with less risk of pigment change, which is always more of a risk with more pigmented skin. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fractional CO2 in Laser Tattoo Removal

We use a fractional CO2 laser (FCO2) in our practice. FCO2 is a cutting edge therapy being used for tattoo removal. You may have heard of FCO2 referred to as a Fraxel treatment for skin tightening and scar revision. It also helps remove your ink.

Remember your skin is three layers: the epidermis, which is continuously being remade; the dermis, where your ink, sweat glands and hair follicles are located; and a fat layer. The FCO2 drills miniature holes, about the diameter of a human hair, into your dermis forcing your skin into a super healing mode. Your ink is a casualty of the healing process.

While our Quanta Q-Switch laser remains the gold standard for removing tattoo ink, adding FCO2 is another tool we have to individualize tattoo removal treatments. It can release ink from scar tissue   allowing the ink to be removed up by the immune system. The healing process also moves the ink higher in the skin making it easier to break up with the Q-Switch laser.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What is R20?

R20 is a treatment technique where multiple laser sessions are administered at one appointment, usually 20 minutes apart. R20 is an effective way to maximize laser treatments because 50-70% more ink can be removed than in a single treatment.

The ideal candidate for R20 is a someone who wants a faster removal and has a heavily inked or dark tattoo. Usually, any tattoo on the first treatment would benefit from R20. However, as the tattoo fades and there is less ink, single treatments are more effective.

Each treatment is spaced 20 minutes apart to allow any gasses that have formed under the skin to dissipate. Gas formation, which is the result of the laser energy transfer, turns that tattoo temporarily white. The white color deflects the laser.

Untreated Tattoo and Temporary Whitening Following Laser Treatment

Single session laser tattoo treatments are usually spaced at 4 - 8 week intervals to allow the body time to clear the destroyed ink. R20 treatments are sometimes spaced at 8 - 12 week intervals due to the greater amount of destroyed ink to be removed.

R20 can not only be a faster method of achieving your tattoo removal goals, it can also be more economical. The first laser treatment is priced like a single session and the subsequent treatments are 50% less. For example, if a single treatment is $150, R20 with two treatments would be $225.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Maximizing Your Laser Tattoo Removal

Getting an unwanted tattoo removed is all about you spending the time and money to take care of yourself. Getting an unwanted tattoo removed can also be an ideal incentive to work on becoming a faster, stronger, smarter, better looking you.

Of course, you do not have to do much of anything, beyond keeping your tattoo clean and protected while it heals. Just by doing its everyday job of keeping your cells clean and tidy, your body's natural immune system does the work of removing your laser treated tattoo.

This bad boy is a Macrophage.
Macrophages destroy and eat foreign matter in the body,
such as destroyed tattoo ink.

However, if you are on the fast track, a self improvement campaign or simply an overachiever, here are some suggestions.

  • Drink Water. Be well-hydrated when you come in for your laser treatment. The water in the cells help buffer the impact of the laser and the treatment hurts less. After your laser treatment, keep hydrated. Think about how much easier it is to take a shower with good water pressure. You will know when you have had enough fluids because your urine will be pale yellow.
  • While hydrating, take Ibuprofen or Tylenol 20 minutes before your appointment. In the case of laser tattoo removal,  pain is not helpful. 
  • Stop Smoking. Smoking damages your circulation and limits the amount of destroyed ink that can be removed. Smokers should wait longer between sessions.
  • Yoga. By design, yoga stimulates the lymphatic system. Turns out it is not just the flexible showing off. 
  • Exercise so you breathe deeply and sweat. Even 10 minutes a day would help. No need to overdo it. If you aren't feeling creative, just walk around the block swinging your arms. And, remember to wear your sunscreen, of course.  
  • Fuel your body with the nutrients it requires to operate. Eat your fruits and vegetables. Eat fish.  Your immune system needs healthy fats like olive oil, almonds and avocados. If you get confused, think about eating food that is naturally colorful. Or, take a multivitamin and Omegas.
Tattoo Removal Food from simplyrecipes.com

Monday, September 24, 2012

Redding Laser Tattoo Removal Prices

With prices starting at $100 per session, laser tattoo removal is more affordable than you may think. Our goal is to provide the highest quality laser tattoo removal service possible. That means using the latest, most advanced in laser technology to safely and effectively remove your tattoo in fewer sessions. We use the Quanta Q + C Q switch laser. We also utilize a fractional CO2 laser to help raise the ink higher in the skin, when needed.

Fewer treatment means a lower overall cost to remove your tattoo. Each session is paid for individually, so there is a natural can-pay-as-you-go payment plan. 
 Each laser treatment is carefully calibrated to safely maximize the amount of ink that is removed. 

Schedule a consult to discuss your tattoo removal goals and we will develop your personalized laser removal plan. Call 530.410.0700 to schedule a consult.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

While you will feel impact of the laser as it breaks up the ink, the discomfort level is individual to the person and the area being treated. Laser treatments are usually described as a rubber band snapping against the skin. Some say the discomfort is no worse than the original tattoo process and much less intense. Unlike the original tattoo application, the laser treatment is usually complete in under 10 minutes. 

Does it have to hurt?

At Redding Laser Tattoo Removal, we believe that suffering is unnecessary and preventable. We use a Zimmer Chiller during every laser treatment. The cold air naturally reduces the intensity of the pain response, by slowing blood flow and nerve conduction. It also has the added advantage of blanching the skin and increasing the color contrast between the skin color and tattoo ink.  Many people say that the cooled skin is enough to minimize the sting. We also cool the skin with icepacks, as needed. 

For those who need more comfort, taking an Advil, or a non-aspirin pain reliever, 1 hour before the treatment can be helpful. We also offer specialty compounded prescription numbing cream. It is applied to the tattoo 30 minutes before your treatment. While the numbing cream can interfere with the laser and reduce its effectiveness, it is my experience that the cream is effective in dulling the laser's sting.  

For those who have special needs, complete pain blocks can be prearranged with our pain specialist. 

Skin After Laser Tattoo Removal

Under most circumstances, laser tattoo removal should clear your skin of tattoo ink, leaving no visible mark or scar.  Because laser tattoo removal depends on the lymphatic system to clear the destroyed ink and heal the skin, you will see changes for months after your last treatment. If there are faint traces of ink, they should fade away with time.

Like with any laser procedure, temporary hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) or hypopigmentation (skin lightening) are a possibility. While darker skin has an increased risk of pigment changes, properly applied laser treatments should not permanently effect your  normal skin color. 

In rare cases, where there is a history of scarring disorders, such as keloids, there is always an increased risk of scarring. Be sure to discuss any previous skin healing issues with your laser operator. 

In cases where aftercare instructions are not followed, skin changes are always a possibility. Until the skin is completely healed, the treated area will be more vulnerable to the sun. Exposing the unprotected area to sun can result in uneven skin tone. Scarring can occur as the result of an untreated infection. 

The Lymphatic System & Laser Tattoo Removal

What is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, much like blood vessels. While the blood vessels circulate red blood cells, the lymph system circulates white blood cells. The two systems work together to keep the body feed and clean.

The plasma from your blood carries nutrition and oxygen into all your tissues. When plasma leaves your blood vessels and goes into your tissues, it is called interstitial fluid. The interstitial fluid washes your cells. It picks up toxins and metabolic waste. The interstitial fluid is then absorbed into lymph vessels. It is purified in the lymph nodes, then returned to the blood vessels. 

The lymphatic system does not have a central pump like the heart, so lymph circulation is dependent on other factors including exercise, muscle contraction, deep breathing, gravity and massage.

How does the lymphatic system effect Laser Tattoo Removal?

The  laser turns the ink from a liquid into small crystals. It is the lymphatic system that removes the destroyed ink from your dermis. That explains why it takes so long between treatments. It also explains why redness, scabbing and blistering is normal after a treatment. It is your body healing itself. 

What can you do to support your lymphatic system after a treatment?

  • Stop smoking. Smoking damages the vessels making it harder for the transfer of plasma. In an Italian study, smoking increased removal time by as much as 65%.
  • Hydrate. Your body is working hard to flush out the destroyed tattoo ink. Remember that plasma is fluid.
  • Take a walk. Your muscles will help power the lymphatic system.
  • Have a belly laugh. It compresses the diaphragm and promotes lymphatic drainage into the blood vessels. 
  • Elevate the area. In this case, gravity is your friend. 
  • Take a multivitamin.
  • Be patient. It just takes time. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Why remove a tattoo?

Removing a tattoo is much like getting a tattoo. The people who are the most satisfied are those who have considered their goals and done their research.  Just like getting a well-done tattoo, a successful removal takes collaboration with a well-trained professional. 

There are some important things to consider when deciding to remove or alter a tattoo. 

Good reasons for considering laser tattoo removal are:

To get rid of a tattoo that no longer represents the person you have become. Life is a long journey that changes not only people, but their situations and the people who surround them. 

To get rid of a tattoo that has become associated with a bad experience. People say their tattoo makes them feel marked and unable to move on. 

To get rid of a badly done or disappointing tattoo. Misspellings in permanent ink or a 4-leaf clover that looks like broccoli are just wrong. A tattoo should make you feel proud.

To fade a tattoo for a better cover up. Sometimes tattoos are outgrown or just too old-style, and a new tattoo in the same location is wanted.  

To remove parts of a tattoo. You may love the artwork, but the tattoo's lettering needs updating or some other elements removed.

A bad reason to remove a tattoo is to make someone else happy. It's your body and mind. There is a good chance you will regret it later, when that person is no longer in your life.