The laser emits ultra-short bursts of light that pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin and are attracted to the precise color of ink. The energy from the light beam is absorbed by the ink, and the ink is either crystallized and pushed out of the skin (exfoliated) much like a splinter or the ink is exploded into microscopic particles which are then absorbed (metabolized) by the body. Certain wavelengths of light work better for certain pigments. The Quanta-Q Plus C that Tattooemergency911 uses has three wavelengths: 1064nm which works great for dark blue and black ink, 532nm which is suggested for red, orange, yellow, and purple, and the Ruby laser at 694nm which works for those pesky light blues, greens, and violets. When the laser is used properly, the light targets only the tattoo ink without damaging the surrounding skin. This is why it is important to have a technician who is properly trained to use the laser. Skin types, colors, ink amounts, and other factors are taken into account when using power output and laser wavelengths.
Amateur tattoos may come off in as few as 4-6 treatments, but professional tattoos will require 6-12 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Multiple colors will add to the number of treatments. Laser tattoo removal sessions are very short compared to getting a tattoo, but it may take many sessions to achieve a desired result. Getting the treatments can be painful. Tattooemergency911 offers topical numbing cream, chilling during the procedure, and cold packs after the procedure to help mitigate the pain. Also, long-term side effects can include hyperpigmentation (an abundance of color left in the skin at the treatment sight, hypopigmentation (a lack of normal skin color at the treatment site), and scarring. Good technicians minimize the chances of these things happening, but everyone reacts differently. Your first session will always be very conservative, usually, with lower power settings. This also means you may not see a drastic change in ink loss from your first session. Normally, people see a real difference after the 2nd to 4th laser treatments. Depending on several factors such as ink type, skin type, and how the tattoo was done, it can take up to 15 sessions to achieve a complete removal. Pinpoint bleeding may be associated with the treatment. Keeping the area clean and dry while it heals will provide the best results.
As with other procedures that involve the human body, nothing can be guaranteed. It is possible that you will always have something to remind you of the old tattoo that used to be there even after many sessions. We won’t lie to you. However, when you partner with us to remove your tattoo, we guarantee you’ll love the results. After completing the number of treatments we recommend, if your tattoo is still visible we will continue with additional laser treatments for up to one year following your last paid treatment at no additional cost.
Our goal is to provide tattoo removal at a competitive price. There are many factors that affect the cost of removing a tattoo, including where the tattoo is located on your body, colors in the tattoo, and more. Please see our Pricing page for more information.
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