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.