THE top 5 Reasons to REMOVE your tattoo at Miami Ink Off
Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
The answer is Yes! Tattoo Removal is now better than ever before.
With our Enlighten III Laser by Cutera, Miami Ink Off is now able to quickly and safely remove the tattoo without scaring your skin.
How tattoo removal work?
The Enlighten III uses a laser to remove ink from the top layer of the skin's surface by breaking down the ink of the tattoo.
As the laser treatments progress, the ink dissolves into dust-like particles that can safely absorbed by the body and eliminated through the natural process thus causing the fading of the tattoo with each treatment until it is gone.
ARE YOU WONDERING IF LASER TATTOO REMOVAL IS SAFE FOR YOU?
The EnlightenIII laser by Cutera uses Nano-technology or Pico technology 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 will it take to remove a tattoo?
This will be different for everyone due to skin color and the uniqueness of each tattoo. The main contributing factors are the size, color, type of ink used, and how old the tattoo is.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS IS COMMON?
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.
factors that affect the tattoo removal process;
Age of the tattoo:
Overtime, the density of the ink subsides, thereby making older tattoos easier to remove. For example, grandpa’s old sailor tattoo is faded as compared to the dark color when the tattoo was first placed.
Larger tattoos typically take more time and sessions. A small finger tattoo will be easier to remove than a tattoo that cover the entire back.
Darker ink is easier to remove, while lighter ink is more difficult. White ink is unable to be removed, as it is not recognized by lasers.
Since the laser works by breaking down particles of the ink to be removed by the body, the areas of the body with less blood circulation are going to be more difficult to remove, which includes the hands, feet, and face. Anything on the torso is usually easier to remove due to higher blood circulation.
For those with lighter skin tones, it is easier to remove tattoos versus those with naturally darker skin.
If you have had a tattoo that has been covered by another tattoo, there will be a lot of ink concentrated in one area, which will require more sessions to remove.
If you have had tattoos performed by a professional tattoo artist, the ink used is more dense and evenly spread throughout the tattoo, making it more difficult to remove than tattoos by an amateur tattoo artist.
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I WAIT IN BETWEEN SESSIONS?
Although the laser manufacturer recommends 6 to 8 weeks between treatments, in our experience we have found trhat 12 weeks between treatments helps reduce skin discoloration.
Moreover, patients with dark complexion may need more than 12 weeks between treatments to avoid skin hypo-pigmentation from the laser treatment.
What ink colors CAN THE LASER REMOVE?
Our Enlighten Laser can remove all ink colors on any skin types.
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 excellent results removing a tattoo without scarring by following these guidelines:
WHAT DOES THE LASER DO TO THE INK PARTICLE?
The tattoo removal laser emits short and intense pulses of light onto the top layers of skin where the ink is present. These light pulses cause the ink to break up into tiny particles that the body can absorb.
Our Enlighten III automatically adapts to the optimal parameters for the size and color of the tattoo.
Each ink color responds to a unique wavelength of light produced by our Enlighten Laser, therefore, only specific colors will react and break up, leaving the surrounding skin untouched.
WHAT IS PICOSECOND TECHNOLOGY FOR?
Picosecond technology destroys tiny ink particles that the older lasers left behind. The past tattoo removal lasers left a faded tattoo or scarring of the skin.
With the advent of the Picosecond setting, the Laser will emit light at a trillionth of a second. allowing for the complete tattoo removal without permanent scarring or skin discoloring.
WHY DOES THE LASER NEED NANO & PICOSECOND TO REMOVE A TATTOO SUCCESSFULLY?
The Picosecond and Nanosecond timing of the laser works in conjunction to break up the ink into particles the body can absorb
First, the laser uses the Nanosecond setting to break up the large ink particles.
Afterward, the laser hits the remaining ink particles with the Picosecond setting, thus breaking up the remaining ink molecule into a size that the body can absorb and remove.
Benefit of Combining Nanosecond and Picosecond Technology?
These two types of technology complement each other when going through the tattoo removal process—allowing it to be more comfortable on the skin while limiting any scaring.
HOW PICO & NANO AFFECT THE TATTOO REMOVAL PROCESS?
The following video explains how this Picosecond and Nanosecond work together to clear up all tattoo ink colors without damaging the surrounding skin.
Before & After Photos
What are the most comon questions asked by our patients?
Ink Color & Wavelengths?
Each color of ink responds to a unique laser wavelength. Thus by choosing the correct wavelength for each color ink, the laser only destroys the ink particle, leaving no skin damage to the treated area.
Benefit of the Enlighten III Laser?
Our Enlighten III Laser features three fully-integrated laser wavelengths – 532 nm, 670 nm, and 1064 nm.
These different wavelengths can remove all ink colors, even those challenging blue and green tattoos, without damaging the skin with residual scarring or any permanent discoloration.
Reducing the chance of Skin Lightening
Before the Picosecond technology laser started, hypopigmentation or a "lightening of your skin color" was a common side effect of tattoo removal.
Now the picosecond laser vastly reduces the odds of this occurring. This is because the Pico technology only heats the ink for a billionth of a second, allowing your skin to heal between pulses.
About the EnlightenIII™ Laser here at Miami Ink Off
DOES IT HURT?
During the procedure, you can expect 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.
Miami Ink Off uses Nitrous Sedation TO REMOVE YOUR TATTOO PAINLESSLY!
Miami Ink Off uses Nitrouseal, the gold standard in Nitrous Oxide Analgesia.
Nitrouseal provides an opioid-free solution for pain reduction and anxiety.
What to consider when looking for tattoo removal services
When considering laser tattoo removal in Miami, we recommended that you seek a well-respected and reputable medical facility to minimize any possibility of complications.
Our staff at Miami Ink Off includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and estheticians who have gone through rigorous training.
HOW TO GET STARTED WITH TATTOO REMOVAL
If you have come to terms with that awful tattoo that you try to find a way to cover or avoid showing, you may be ready to consider tattoo removal. Talk with your doctor to find out more about the removal of your tattoo.
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.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER TATTOO REMOVAL
Typical symptoms after having a session of tattoo removal may include swelling, bruising, blistering, redness and some soreness.
"The treated area usually feels like a sunburn for several hours to several days. You should take several days after a treatment to recover and help with any of the side effects of the treatment. Avoid the sun, heat, and picking at the treated area."
Jasmine Vazquez, ARNP
HOW LONG DO THE EFFECT OF THE TREATMENT LAST?
The effects of the laser tattoo removal treatments are permanent.
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 do i do after the treatment to take care of the area?
The post treatment protocol to follow after treatment is;
CAN I GET SUN AFTER THE TREATMENT?
You must avoid sun exposure 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.
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?
Side effects of tattoo removal include:
Besides the normal symptoms of treatment, there are also possible side effects after undergoing tattoo removal. Some individuals may experience all or none of these symptoms, such as blistering, increase or decrease in pigment of the skin, swelling, and itching. Most of these side effects will go away, particularly with appropriate treatment.
TATTOO REMOVAL RECOVERY
Each session of laser removal will require a recovery period, usually a minimum of 6 weeks.
This allows for the skin to fully heal before performing another session to ensure that the tattoo will be removed successfully without any side effects, such as open wounds.
In order to heal properly, follow all instructions given by our nurse or doctor and avoid having sessions too close together.