Laser Tattoo Removal
At New Path Studio the PicoWay Laser Device, made by Syneron-Candela is used. If you are ready to make a change you are not alone. One in seven adults who have a tattoo, regret getting it. In many cases (not all) a tattoo can be removed, or drastically reduced. By fading the tattoo will allow your Tattoo Artist to place another tattoo over the faded one, or get it to a point where makeup can be used to cover it up.
The skin has three layers: the epidermis (outer layer), the dermis (middle layer) and the hypodermis (bottom layer). When you receive a tattoo, the ink is placed in the dermis.
The PicoWay Laser Device uses short pulses to delivery the energy through the epidermis to heat and break up the targeted ink in the dermis. When this occurs, the ink breaks into small enough particles to be able to penetrate through the hypodermis. Once through the hypodermis, the body sees the ink as a foreign object and the macrophages (large cells) then engulf the ink and it is eliminated from the body by the lymphatic system. The healthier your immune system, the better the results. Studies have shown that those who exercise regularly, and drink large amounts of water will see a more positive result. Those who smoke or ingest other toxins tend to need more treatments.
The effectiveness of the treatment is determined by several factors: the size of the tattoo, age of the tattoo, location of the tattoo, depth of the ink, density of the ink, type of ink used, colors of the tattoo, and the health of your immune system.
The removal treatment session is actually very fast, but ultimately is determined by the size of the tattoo. Larger tattoos will be removed in sections to allow the body to eliminate the ink efficiently. We recommend 10 to 12 weeks between treatments to allow your body to absorb and eliminate the ink and for your skin to rest. Some people see results after the first session, others even though it is working may not see results until after a few sessions.
The number of treatments will vary, but usually averages up to 10 sessions to remove a tattoo to a state that you are satisfied. It may take more, or less depending on the tattoo and your body.
If you wish to fade the tattoo to allow your Tattoo Artist to coverup the existing tattoo, then you may require fewer treatments.
After the treatment you may experience redness (which may last up to 10 days) and swelling at the treatment site, this may last for 2 hours or longer. The treatment area may feel like a sunburn for a few hours following the session. You may also experience some blisters, scabbing, light bleeding and itching.
The following should be avoided for 24 hours after the treatment: no heat, such as saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzies, hot showers or strenuous activities. It is important to avoid sun exposure and tanning the area being treated over the course of the sessions. A Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is recommended, even if the area is being covered by clothing as the sun may travel through lighter material.