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.