Deciding to get a tattoo removed often comes with its own set of questions and concerns. Laser tattoo removal is an increasingly reliable method to help erase unwanted ink. This treatment has made strides in both efficiency and effectiveness, particularly in dealing with various ink colors and skin types.
At Impressions Skin Solutions in Hendersonville, TN, laser tattoo removal is one of the services we offer to address your specific needs. We use Cutera enlighten® 3, which is one of the only devices that can target and remove all colors of tattoos effectively. With our guidance, you’ll be well-equipped to make an educated decision about undergoing this treatment.
Understanding Tattoo Ink and Skin
When you get a tattoo, a series of needles inject ink into the second layer of your skin, which is known as the dermis. The reason tattoos are generally permanent is because the dermis is a stable layer, unlike the outer layer of skin that continually sheds. The ink particles are too large for your body’s immune system to remove, leaving the design in place for the long term.
What Is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal is a technology designed to break down the ink particles embedded in the dermis layer of the skin. The treatment employs specific wavelengths of light to target the ink, which absorbs the laser energy. This method has gained attention for its ability to tackle various types and colors of ink, making it a versatile option for those looking to remove or lighten a tattoo.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
In laser removal tattoo treatments, a specialized device emits pulses of light energy that penetrate the skin and get absorbed by the tattoo ink. This energy causes the ink particles to heat up and shatter into smaller fragments. These smaller ink fragments are then easier for the body’s immune system to flush out, leading to the gradual fading of the tattoo over a series of treatments. The wavelengths and settings used can be adjusted to suit different ink colors and depths, making the approach adaptable to individual tattoos.
What Makes Cutera enlighten® 3 Special?
The Cutera enlighten® 3 sets itself apart in the realm of laser tattoo removal treatment. Unlike standard lasers, it uses three fully integrated laser wavelengths — 532 nm, 670 nm, and 1064 nm — along with two pulse durations. This diverse array of settings allows us to target and eliminate all tattoo colors, even those that have proven resistant to other removal methods. We can also treat all different skin types and colors.
The Effectiveness of Laser Tattoo Removal
Color of the Tattoo
One of the main factors that can influence tattoo removal services is the color of the tattoo. Different wavelengths are effective for different colors. Generally, black and dark blue inks are easier and faster to remove, as they absorb all laser wavelengths. Lighter colors such as green, orange, and yellow can be more challenging but are still treatable with the right laser settings.
Age of the Tattoo
The age of the tattoo also plays a role in its responsiveness to laser tattoo removal. Older tattoos tend to be easier to remove compared to newer ones. This is because the ink in older tattoos has had more time to disperse and break down naturally, making it more susceptible to laser treatment. Newer tattoos may require more sessions.
Location of the Tattoo
The location of the tattoo on your body can impact how well the tattoo responds to removal. Tattoos situated closer to the heart generally fade more quickly due to better blood circulation, which helps in carrying away the shattered ink particles. Tattoos on extremities like hands and feet may require more sessions for complete removal.
Number of Treatment Sessions
Effectiveness is often determined by the number of sessions you schedule. This varies depending on how difficult your tattoo is to remove, which we can often predict before treatment. Multiple sessions are almost always required to achieve optimal results, with each session leading to a gradual fading of the tattoo.
Size of the Tattoo
The size of the tattoo naturally impacts the effectiveness of tattoo removal services. Larger tattoos will require more laser passes and typically more treatment sessions for complete removal.
The Treatment Process Step by Step
Consultation and Examining Your Tattoo
The first stage in the laser removal tattoo process involves a thorough consultation. During this initial meeting, we assess the tattoo’s size, color, and location and discuss your overall expectations. This helps us develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to you.
Your First Treatment Session
When it’s time for your first laser tattoo removal session, the area around the tattoo is cleaned and prepared. Protective eyewear is provided for both you and the practitioner. The laser is then calibrated according to the specifics of your tattoo, and the treatment begins. The laser emits pulses of light energy that break down the ink particles in the tattoo.
In the subsequent laser tattoo removal treatment sessions, we continue to break down the ink particles. It’s essential to follow all aftercare guidelines and schedule these sessions at intervals recommended by your provider to achieve the best possible results. With each session, you should notice the tattoo becoming progressively lighter.
Laser Tattoo Removal Before and After
Is Laser Tattoo Removal Painful?
Using the Cutera enlighten® 3 for laser tattoo removal, most patients experience minimal discomfort. The device’s advanced technology is designed to target ink particles precisely, reducing the heat experienced by surrounding tissues. While sensations vary from person to person, the overall experience is often likened to a rubber band snapping against the skin, which may come with some pain but is generally tolerable. Most people find the process less painful than it was to get the tattoo.
Remove Unwanted Tattoos Effectively With Cutera enlighten® 3
If you are considering having an unwanted tattoo removed, the first step is to schedule a time to talk to your provider. At Impressions Skin Solutions in Hendersonville, TN, we prioritize your comfort while taking into consideration everything that could impact the effectiveness of your treatment. Regardless of the color, size, or age of your tattoo, our treatments with enlighten® 3 can help, even if you have had trouble getting it removed with other providers. Fill out our online form to contact us or give us a call at (615) 338-8382.