TATTOO REMOVAL OVERVIEW
If you have a tattoo, you are not alone. It’s currently estimated that over 40 million Americans have one or more tattoos on their body – some visible in normal clothing, others not. And while your tattoo may have given you and others pleasure in the past, maybe you are getting bored with the design or have some other reason for wanting it removed. It’s estimated that some 50% of tattoo wearers want their tattoo removed at some time in their life citing:
· Dissatisfaction with the design because it was poorly executed
· It was a rash decision at the time
· An ex partners name incorporated in the design
· New partner dislikes tattoos
· Concern that a tattoo on the leg or arm is visible in work clothing
· The design has faded over time
Saying Goodbye to the Ink
Until the introduction of Tatt2Away, laser treatment was the generally accepted method for removal of tattoo pigment. Problem is, laser light can only treat a limited range of colors, leaving others virtually untouched. Tatt2Away is ‘color blind’ and will remove all colors including the most exotic hues and pigment blends.
Laser removal of tattoos also has some risks and these are associated with the types of ingredients used in manufacturing a pigment color. When exposed to laser light, tattoo pigment molecules are literally exploded into smaller pieces. In this process tremendous heat is generated and both effects can cause changes in the pigment composition allowing the release of certain chemicals. Depending on the source of the pigment and the additives used by the tattoo artist, chemicals can be released that have been judged potentially dangerous to one’s health. Fragments of pigment broken up by a laser are disposed of by the body’s own clean up mechanism via the lymph nodes and liver. There is some concern that these by products could cause health problems later in life.
HOW IT WORKS
Tatt2Away treatments are designed to remove the pigmented areas of your tattoo in a series of visits – the number depends on the size of the design. For an average size tattoo, you will probably need four visits, but we will evaluate your individual needs during your initial consultation. Tattoo pigment is inert and not recognized by the body as a foreign substance. That’s why it is not rejected by the body and why it is permanent. Tatt2Away uses a proprietary fluid to bring the tattoo pigment to the surface in the form of a scab. Once the scab falls off – there’s no more pigment and the underlying skin is clear.
The tattooed areas of your skin are lightly abraded with a special hand piece similar to the one used in your original tattoo session. The procedure is virtually painless and if you do have a low pain tolerance we can apply a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort further. Treatment sessions generally last about 30 minutes, during which time small circles are created over the surface of your tattoo. We leave a space in between each circle and these areas will be treated in subsequent sessions. The spacing strategy helps with the healing process and minimizes the chance of scarring. After each session, we will give you a homecare product that you can use to accelerate the optimum healing process. Time between treatment sessions is usually about 6 weeks.
Your Doctor is an Expert
Tatt2Away treatments are only available in a medical practice and are not offered by spas. This facility is one of a select group of medical practices around the country that has been selected to perform Tatt2Away treatments and our staff have been certified in the correct application of the technique. When you schedule a series of Tatt2Away treatments, we will ask you a series of questions about your medical history to determine if you are a suitable candidate. You will be asked to review information about the procedure and indicate that you understand exactly what is required of you for a successful outcome. You must follow post treatment instructions completely to ensure success.