Laser tattoo removal is a simple out-patient procedure that uses specific lasers to target tattoo inks, break them down and gradually remove them from the body. The process is far less invasive than getting a tattoo and takes less time. Treatments take a series of sessions and each one usually lasts from 5-15 minutes or less. Patients sometimes have treatments on their lunch break and return to work the same day.
Atlantic Laser Tattoo Removal uses a q-switched Nd: Yag laser, the most effective laser in the world at removing tattoo ink. Laser tattoo removal works by directing light, laser energy, at the tattooed area for a fraction of a second, passing harmlessly through the outer layers of skin and focusing directly upon the tattoo ink. The laser disrupts the ink allowing the body to break it down and flush it out naturally. The energy from the laser is measured in pulses that are delivered very fast, between 10 and 40 nanoseconds in duration. The speed is very important, this new q-switched technology is what allows us the ability to target the tattoo ink without harming the surrounding skin.
Another feature these advanced lasers provide is called "frequency doubling". This technology gives us the ability to have different wavelengths of laser energy from the same laser. Each of these different wavelengths target specific tattoo ink colors, making tattoos with multiple colors easier to remove.
To read more about the history of tattoo removal and the safe procedure of laser tattoo removal. Read more on part 1 | part 2
Atlantic Laser Tattoo Removal clinics pride themselves on being Virginia's leading provider of laser tattoo removal. We are the first and only clinic in the state dedicated solely to laser tattoo removal. That's why we are able to specialize in this field. Beware of clinics that offer multiple treatments in the same facility, they may be using a laser that is either not intended for tattoo removal or an older outdated laser. Keep in mind that laser tattoo removal is not new. For over 20 years, patients have been receiving laser treatments on their unwanted tattoos. Unfortunately, the older versions of tattoo removal lasers are not as efficient and/or leave heavy scarring, compared to the technology that Atlantic Laser Tattoo Removal clinics use.
When choosing where to have your tattoo removed make sure you do your homework. Not all facilities are the same.
Here are a few questions to ask about your tattoo removal provider before making your decision regarding laser tattoo removal:
Are the providers specialists in laser tattoo removal or is it just one of the many procedures that they perform in the same facility?
What laser technology are they using? Are they using an older outdated laser? Getting this information should only take a phone call. If the provider is competent with their laser they will give you a fast response. If they will not give you an answer over the phone or they say they don't know...RUN!
Is the their laser approved by the F.D.A. for laser tattoo removal? Not all lasers are specifically intended for tattoo removal, although many providers use these "multi-procedure" lasers that can lead to significant side effects, including unnecessary scarring.
Are the clinical workers performing the procedure certified to do so? Is there a Medical Doctor on staff that is available? Atlantic Laser Tattoo Removal is a medical and aesthetic clinic that specializes in laser tattoo removal. All laser procedures are performed by certified laser specialists that have been certified in tattoo removal and are closely supervised by our Medical Director. This assures that all proper protocols have been met.
Is the clinic busy? Is the clinic clean? A busy clinic is the first sign of a well run practice.
Does the provider offer free consultations? Consultations are not only to inform clients of their options with laser tattoo removal, they are a great way to inspect the operating facility and its manner of business. Click here for your free consultation at Atlantic Laser Tattoo Removal.