Laser Tattoo Removal

For most people, tattoos are an expression of individuality and personal style. However, you may end up regretting your tattoos later in life, for a variety of reasons. A tattoo that was an expression of youth or rebelliousness when you were 15 years old may not be seen the same way at 30. Some tattoos can also have negative social consequences. Another reason is you just may have become tired of your tattoo. or it may have faded and no longer look nice.

At Beauty Refined, we are proud to feature FDA-approved Fotona® Q-Switched lasers, the ideal tools for effectively removing complex and multi-colored tattoos. If you would like to find out more about tattoo removal, request a consultation today and Dr. Tantawi will be happy to discuss your options so that you can have the removal results you desire and deserve.

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How Fotona® Tattoo Removal Works

Fotona’s Q-switched Nd:YAG laser combines 4 different wavelengths, – 1064 nm Nd:YAG for dark pigments, 532 nm KTP for red, tan, purple and orange inks, 650 nm for green inks, and 585 nm for sky blue inks. This allows removal of any color tattoos. It works by sending short, quick pulses, deeply into the skin, without damaging top layers. The pulses are absorbed by the ink and are turned into photoacoustic waves which break up the pigment so it can be absorbed by the skin.

The Fotona® QX Max Tattoo Removal Procedure

The size, depth, and darkness of the tattoo, will determine how long a treatment session lasts, and how many sessions you will need. Most sessions last anywhere from 10 – 45 minutes. Because tattoos are usually done in layers, it takes several sessions to break down the ink. Dr. Tantawi can give you an idea of how many sessions you will need to achieve complete removal.

The treatment begins with cleansing of the tattoo area. It is then injected with lidocaine for freezing. Dr. Tantawi then follows the design of the tattoo with the laser using the utmost precision. After the laser treatment, the area is iced and bandaged.

After Care of Your Tattoo Removal

Dr. Tantawi will give you detailed instructions for caring for your skin after tattoo removal. You will need to apply antibiotic ointment to the area and cover it with a bandage for 3-5 days. After that you will want to keep the area clean and dry. You will need to apply sunscreen, if you will be outdoors. Redness will subside after the initial 3-5 days. It will take 5-8 weeks for your body to get rid of the ink pigments. You will need to wait that long before undergoing another removal session.

Laser Tattoo Removal FAQs

Yes, a tattoo can be completely removed with a laser. It is the safest way to have a tattoo removed, but you will need several sessions depending upon the size and depth of the tattoo. It is important to make sure you get removal from a highly skilled doctor to avoid scarring and burning.

There is some pain and discomfort when getting your tattoo removed. However, the area will be injected with lidocaine and a numbing cream may be applied to minimize the discomfort.

The cost is determined by how many removal sessions are needed. Dr. Tantawi will let you know at your consultation how much total removal will cost.

Your tattoo will begin to fade after 2-4 sessions. Results accumulate after each session. Sessions must be done 5-8 weeks apart. This gives the body time to absorb the ink that has been broken up by the laser. Dr. Tantawi can give you an idea of how long it will take for the tattoo to be completely removed.

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