Your ink doesn’t have to last forever
Tattoos are a permanent mark on the body that are created by inserting pigment, or ink, into the skin. The needles prick the skin’s top layer – the epidermis and inject ink into its underlying layer of connective tissue, the dermis. Cells in the dermis are not regularly shed and replaced as they are in the epidermis. That’s why tattoos are permanent: once the ink is in the dermis, it tends to stay there. However, thanks to technology, tattoos no longer have to be permanent. VITAHL now features an effective Denver laser tattoo removal service!
Tattoos have been a way to decorate the human body for thousands of years. They are considered a form of art and expression. For a long time, tattoos carried a kind of stigma, however, this is no longer the case. According to a survey published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2006, almost one-fourth of American adults between the ages of 18 and 50 have a tattoo. That said, we are human and at times we have regrets over the tattoos we choose. Luckily, removing an unwanted tattoo is possible and can be performed in most cases with outstanding results and without scarring. VITAHL is a leading Denver laser tattoo removal specialist and we can effectively remove your unwanted tattoos.
Laser is an extremely effective method for getting rid of unwanted tattoos. There are a number of factors which will influence the treatment, for example the colors of the ink, the type of lasers available to your treating physician, and the size of the tattoo. Each tattoo and patient is unique. Amateur tattoos, which often tend fade on their own, are generally much easier to remove. Multicolored professional tattoos with red, blue, yellow and other colors may require numerous treatment sessions before being totally erased. Black inks tend to come out quite easily, while green and white can be troublesome and require multiple wavelengths to be removed. The removal of tattoos involves laser light being absorbed by the skin cells surrounding the ink of the tattoo so the body may remove the ink. If you are interested in laser tattoo removal in Denver, the best thing to do is to consult with a physician with a great deal of experience in the process.
Laser Tattoo Removal Frequently Asked Questions
- What Type of Laser do you use for Tattoo removal?
At VITAHL Medical Aesthetics, we are proud to use the Enlighten laser by Cutera–one of the leading names in aesthetic technology– that is designed specifically for removal and lightening of the ink that comprises a tattoo. Engineered with picosecond and nanosecond technology, Enlighten can safely and effectively fade unwanted tattoos and help you welcome back clearer skin.
- Who performs the laser tattoo removal treatments?
At VITAHL, physicians assistants, laser specialists, and physicians perform laser tattoo removal. Whenever you are receiving laser tattoo removal therapy, you want to be treated by certified medical professionals. Additionally, patients should make sure there is good physician oversight as well as having the ability to see one of our certified team members for a consultation and follow up.
- Why do you recommend lasers for tattoo removal?
Although a tattoo looks like a simple painting on the skin, it’s actually a series of ink deposits placed deep into the skin designed to last forever. The reality is that thousands of people decide to remove their tattoos each year because the designs are no longer relevant to their lifestyle. Lasers are the safest and most effective way to remove tattoos. The Enlighten by Cutera has been considered among the golden standards of modern laser tattoo removal. This state-of-the-art system has helped many people across the country leave their unwanted tattoos in the past. Take the first step in joining them by contacting us today for your consultation!
- How does the laser work when treating a tattoo?
Cutera combines dual pulse light durations and unique laser wavelengths to safely penetrate the skin and target the tattoo at its core. The laser energy is directed at the pigment of the tattoo, where short pulses of energy pass harmlessly through the outer layers of the skin to treat the inked pigment. Each pass of the laser vibrates and gently breaks down the tattoo ink into very small particles. Simultaneously, it induces an inflammatory response in the skin, helping to carry away the tattoo pigment. Laser tattoo removal can require multiple sessions in ordered to see your desired results. Because the laser delivers the energy in a very precise, our laser technicians can trace the design without damaging the surrounding skin.
- How many treatment sessions will it take to remove my tattoo?
All laser tattoo removal requires multiple sessions. The number of treatments you may need will depend on the size of the tattoo, type of ink used, the depth of the ink in the skin, and location of the tattoo. During your initial consultation, we will evaluate your tattoo characteristics and discuss how many treatments we expect the removal of your tattoo may require. We will also monitor the progress of how faded your tattoo is as well as the wellness of the treated area. While results will vary from person to person, many people notice that their tattoos lighten with each additional treatment session.
- How often should my tattoo be treated?
Treatments are spaced 8-12 weeks apart, depending on your skin type and where you are in your treatment cycle.
- What can I expect during my tattoo removal treatment?
Patients say the experience feels similar to that of a snap of a rubber band followed by a feeling of gentle warmth.
- How much does the treatment cost?
Fees will be determined during your free consultation. Pricing is based on tattoo size. We offer individual treatment pricing as well as discounted package pricing. The factors determining number of treatments needed include the color of the ink, type of ink, and the depth of a tattoo. High quality, professional tattoos may require more treatments since it reaches deeper in the skin and there was a greater amount of ink needed to create it .
- Do all colors of ink disappear equally as well?
While the Enlighten is highly effective in fading a wide spectrum of ink colors, white is one color that no laser technology can correct due the color white not consisting of any pigmentation for the laser to break down. Typically, black ink tattoos respond greater to laser exposure than certain colors. Ultimately, with an optimal treatment plan, we can help you achieve your desired, clear complexion.
- Are There Any Limitations After Treatment?
You may resume most activities soon after your treatment. However, you need to ensure the area is not rubbed or scratched. If you are in the sun, you should cover the treated area to prevent sunburn until the skin has been given time to properly heal. Most importantly, follow our clinical staff’s directions; they may adjust from treatment to treatment to ensure the best results.
- What Should I do to care for the Tattoo After My Treatment?
In the first 24 hours you will want to apply ice periodically. You will also need to rest and elevate the treated area, as well as limit strenuous activities. Avoid any soaking of the area including steam rooms, saunas, swimming pools and pedicure bowls. Keep the tattoo moist with Vaseline or Aquaphor. After 24 hours, and until the tattoo area is healed, you can resume all activities except those that involve soaking the treated area in water until it has fully healed. Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds at all times during your treatment course.