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.
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