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Laser Tattoo Removal

At Beacon Dermatology, we understand that tattoos can be a permanent reminder of decisions made in the past. Whether you find your tattoo doesn’t represent your aesthetic ideal, changes to your skin has changed that has a result to change the appearance of your tattoo, desire to lighten your tattoo for a future tattoo, or simply wanting a clean canvas, our team is here to help you achieve the results you desire.

What is tattoo and pigment removal?

A Q-switched (Q-switched Nd:YAG 1064nm/532nm) laser pulses high power laser beams with such precision that they don’t have any significant thermal interaction with surrounding tissues. This means that it produces minimal damage to surrounding tissues internally and targets only the tattoo ink pigments. An added benefit of this is a quicker and less complicated healing time.

The Q-Switched laser has been determined as a gold standard for tattoo removal. It works by producing extremely short pulses of high energy light. The light is then absorbed by the particles of the tattoo pigment but doesn’t get absorbed by the surrounding skin. The tattoo pigment then heats up and starts to break down into small particles. A Q-Switched laser may also be used to treat pigmented lesions including age spots, freckles, sunspots and some birthmarks, it targets the melanin in the superficial layer of your skin.

What tattoo colors can be treated?

The general rule of thumb is the darker the color, the more effective for the laser energy to absorb into the tattoo pigment with resulting removal. The most effective colors for laser tattoo removal are black, blue, dark blue, dark green, brown, red, purple, orange. Difficult colors include tan, yellow, bright green, sky blue, and white.

Why choose Beacon Dermatology for laser tattoo removal?

  • Expertise: Our Beacon Dermatology team specializes in laser tattoo removal. With years of experience and continuous training, we ensure safe and effective treatments tailored to your unique skin type and tattoo characteristics.
  • State-of-the-Art Technology: We utilize cutting-edge laser technology, including Q-switched lasers, which deliver precise energy to target tattoo ink while minimizing damage to surrounding skin. Our advanced equipment allows for faster clearance of tattoos with fewer sessions compared to older laser systems.
  • Customized Treatment Plans: We understand that every tattoo and individual skin type is different. That’s why we provide personalized treatment plans designed to address your specific needs and goals. During your initial consultation, our team will assess your tattoo, discuss expectations, and create a customized plan to achieve optimal results.
  • Safety and Comfort: Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. Our procedures are performed in a medical office environment following strict medical protocols. We also offer various pain management options, including topical numbing creams and cooling techniques, to ensure a comfortable experience during treatment.
  • Comprehensive Aftercare Support: Proper aftercare is essential for maximizing results and minimizing the risk of complications. Our team will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your skin post-treatment and will be available to address any questions or concerns you may have throughout your recovery process.

Is laser tattoo removal painful?

The level of pain can vary from person to person. Most individuals describe the sensation as similar to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin. The pain is typically manageable, but some people may opt for numbing creams or local anesthesia.

When will I see results? How long do they last?

The sessions are typically spaced six to eight weeks apart, which allows your skin to process and heal from the treatment. Many people start to see their ink fade slightly after each subsequent session and greater improvement after three appointments. Given six to eight weeks between each session, you can expect the results to start showing a few months after the process starts.

Schedule your consultation today!

Ready to say goodbye to unwanted tattoos? Schedule a consultation with Beacon Dermatology today to learn more about our laser tattoo removal services and take the first step towards achieving the clear, ink-free skin you desire.

We look forward to helping you on your journey to tattoo-free skin!

At a Glance

Michael Rains, MD, FAAD

  • Board certified in dermatology
  • Specializing in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology
  • Author of multiple peer-reviewed publications and previous adjunct faculty at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
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