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Accelerated Tattoo Removal

February 28, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized   |   1 Comment»

Tattoo removal  is performed with a special kind of laser, called “Q-switched”, that concentrates its energy in a very short pulse, typically 5-10 billionths of a second.  The tattoo pigment absorbs this very high energy pulse, which cracks open the pigment containing cells, and the pigment is  removed over a several week time frame by scavenging cells called macrophages.  Immediately on striking a tattoo with sufficient laser energy and appropriate wavelength, a visible whitening occurs from formation of a layer of microscopic nitrogen bubbles.  This white layer blocks any further transmission of the laser energy, and typically ends that treatment session with the next one scheduled in 6 weeks or so.

It has recently been shown that in some patients, it is possible to wait 20 to 30 minutes for the bubble layer to disperse, and do a second treatment on the same day.  This fades the tattoo more quickly.  Since we will discount our fee for the second treatment of the day, the patient will get better results over a shorter time frame and at lower cost.

The disadvantage of this technique is that it is not suitable for everyone–for instance, the first treatment of a high ink density tattoo should be a single treatment only so that effects on the patient’s skin can be observed.  It will also require more time spent at the office, and will usually result in more tissue inflammation and bruising than a single treatment.  Even with these potential disadvantages, many people will want to consider Accelerated Tattoo Removal.

 

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