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-About laser tattoo removal


HOW DOES TATTOO REMOVAL WORK?

At first, tattoo ink is treated by lasers that emit short and intense pulses of light. Now, with our new EnlightenIII laser, we utilize Nanosecond Technology which allows the skin to cool during the procedure. In addition, this laser limits the amount of pain and recovery time in between sessions.
Eventually, as the laser treatments progress, the ink dissolves into tiny dust-like particles that can be absorbed by the body and eliminated through the natural process.

ARE YOU WONDERING IF LASER TATTOO REMOVAL IS SAFE FOR YOU?

The EnlightenIII laser by Cutera uses Nano-technology or Picotechnology in combination with three distinct wavelengths allows for the quick lightening and removal of the tattoo without causing permanent scaring or damage to the skin.  Thus you can count on our Enlighten to remove any ink colors on any skin type without scaring or skin discoloration.

IS TATTOO REMOVAL PAINFUL?

We know that Laser Tattoo Removal has a reputation for not being a pleasant experience. Here at Miami Ink Off, we have made it our goal to provide a virtually pain-free experience. We offer Nitrous Oxide, a non-narcotic anesthetic. Thanks to our licensed on-staff physicians, we are not limited to the chilled gel and numbing creams you will find elsewhere.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS IS COMMON?

This will be different for everyone because each tattoo is unique and everyone has a different skin pigmentation. Basic examples of contributing factors are the size, color, type of ink used, and how old the tattoo is. Typically the number of sessions can range from five to ten sessions to fully remove a tattoo. During our private consultation, we will provide both a price estimate and an amount of sessions that it will take for your tattoo to be fully removed.

HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I WAIT IN BETWEEN SESSIONS?

To avoid any scarring or skin discoloration, we recommend a minimum of 12 weeks in between sessions to allow the skin proper time to heal correctly.

CAN THE LASER REMOVE ANY COLOR OF INK?

Yes, with the Enlighten Laser by Cutera tattoos in any color can be both treated and removed.

What is the risk of Scarring?

With any laser treatment there is a small risk of scaring; this happens because the layer of ink has to be heated in order to be removed. 
Here at Miami Ink Off we have had exellent results removing a tattoo without scarring by following these guidelines:

  • Our highly trained staff will be sure to use the correct laser settings that are best for your pigment and skin tone.
  • Scheduling 12 weeks between treatments allows the skin to heal correctly, thus eliminating any skin discoloration or scarring.
  • Finally, if you follow our post-treatment instructions, you should not have any adverse results.

Does it hurt?

During the procedure, you can expect mild discomfort. The feeling has been described as a rubber band snapping against the skin.
The larger the tattoo, the greater the discomfort as the heat starts accumulating during the procedure. If you have a lower pain tolerance, nitrous oxide or lidocaine injections may be recommended for the tattoo removal treatment.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING the treatment?

The length of the treatment varies on the size of the tattoo and if you have requested anesthesia.
An extra small tattoo may take as little as 3 minutes, while an extra-large tattoo may take up to an hour.
Once your skin is cleaned and well shaven, the laser probe is placed on the area to be treated. Then, you will feel pressure and heat as the laser works on breaking up the ink. It will feel as if a rubber band is being snapped against the skin. In addition, ice is used during the treatment to aid with any discomfort.
Finally, once the tattoo has been treated, the nurse will cover the treated area with bandages.

How long do the effect of the Treatment Last

The effects of the laser tattoo removal treatments are permanent.

Can I get sun after the treatment?

You must avoid sunexpore on the area until it is fully healed, which usually takes about 4 to 8 weeks following the laser tattoo removal session.
If you go in the sun, please cover the area until healed and use a broad spectrum sunscreen.

Are laser tattoo removal results permanent?

Yes, the effects of laser tattoo removal are permanent.

Is there any downtime after the procedure?

Not at all! You may go back to your regular routine right after the treatment.

What is the post-treatment protocol?

  • Avoid sun exposure for 2 to 4 weeks following treatment, and use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen
  • Avoid skin irritants (products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.) until the skin is fully healed and all crusting has resolved.
  • Dress the area with Aquafor® or simple petroleum and cover it with a bandage.
  • Dressing should be changed once a day or after a shower in the first three days of treatment. Before removing the dressing, wash hands with soap and water.
  • Carefully remove the dressing, gently cleanse the area with soap and water, and pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Try not to bump or stretch treated tattoo.
  • Do not pick scabs, and avoid scrubbing the treated area when bathing.
  • Do not unroof blisters if they occur. If the blisters are uncomfortable, contact our office or your physician.
  • Only non-aspirin, over-the-counter pain drugs, such as acetaminophen, should be taken for discomfort after the laser treatment.

What can I expect after my treatment

After the treatment, you may experience redness and/or swelling over the treated tattoo. This usually improves and subside in 1-2 days after the session.
Most people will return directly to work or other activities and will experience no downtime. Once this skin irritation subsides, you may start seeing results as soon as after your first session.

What possible reactions or skin changes do I expect immediately after the procedure?

  • Laser tattoo removal treatment may leave a light skin irritation (redness and/or swelling) over the treated tattoo, which will subside in 1-2 days after the session.
  • Sun exposure should be avoided until the area is completely healed.
  • Scabbing over the treatment area is also expected and may last 7-14 days.   If this occurs, do not pick scabs, and avoid scrubbing the treated area when bathing; gently cleanse the area with soap and water, and pat dry with a clean towel.
  • All normal activities may be resumed right after treatment as long as the skin is protected from SUN.

WHen should i contact Miami ink off or my physician?

  • Bleeding that soaks the dressing or bleeding that happens after the first 24 hours.
  • Increased redness or swelling.
  • Uncomfortable blisters
  • Yellowish or greenish drainage
  • Fever

WHAT ARE THE KEY FACTORS FOR DETERMINING THE NUMBER OF TREATMENTS?

  • Age of the tattoo:
  • Size
  • Color
  • Location
  • Skin Color
  • Cover-ups (Ink will be Denser- requiring more sessions)

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