Laser Tattoo Removal in Miami
There’s never been a better time to get rid of an unwanted tattoo. Technology has advanced to a point that makes it faster and more efficient than ever before. Watch how in this video.
What can we do about tattoos?
So, you did it. You went and got that tattoo because you were dying to have it, you were dared to do it, it didn’t turn out as expected, or you were in love. Now, you aren’t dying to have it, you wish you weren’t such a daredevil, you should have done your research, or you are no longer in love with that name you have permanently displayed on your body. Is there anything that you can do about that unwanted and unsightly tattoo?
Tattoo removal is on the rise, as tattoos have been on the rise and many people are deciding that they don’t want their tattoo anymore.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Tattoo removal is the process of using a laser to remove the ink from within the skin surface. The laser essentially breaks up the ink within your skin into small particles and then the body absorbs these small particles. Often times, this takes several sessions over many weeks to fully remove the tattoo. During this process the tattoo fades with each treatment.
You should take into consideration several factors that may affect how your tattoo should be removed, such as:
- skin tone
- professional tattoo
- any prior cover-ups
All of these factors can influence how many sessions may be necessary to completely remove the tattoo.
The importance of Wavelength & Pulse Speed.
Lasers work by emitting short pulses of intense light top layers of the skin to where the ink has been absorbed, breaking the ink apart. The laser can choose the settings best for the size of the ink and the color of the ink. Each Ink color responds to a unique wavelength of the laser. By choosing the correct wavelength, only that color reacts to the particular wavelength selected, leaving your skin undamaged, with no residual scar or permanent discoloration.
Tattoos and pigment are comprised of multi-colors which require multiple wavelengths to remove effectively. The enlighten features three fully-integrated laser wavelengths – 532 nm, 1064 nm and 670 nm – the first true red wavelength in the picosecond domain. The unique 670 nm wavelength shatters congenital or resistant pigmentary conditions and addresses challenging blue and green tattoos.
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Before & After photos
Laser tattoo removal patient photos.
Types of lasers for removal
There are two types of lasers that can be used for tattoo removal and each has a different delivery system.
- Nano lasers have been out over the last 20 or so years and the pico lasers are much newer and have only been out for about 3 years. The nano laser delivers a slower laser pulse at a nanosecond, which is one billionth of a second. Often times this laser may be referred to as Q-switch laser.
- The Pico laser delivers a faster laser pulse at a picosecond, which is one trillionth of a second. At this level, the pico laser uses more of a pressure wave, unlike the nano laser that uses a heat wave to break up the ink.
Nano Laser, the old technology is perfect for lightening a tattoo because it attacks or breaks up large ink particles. But once the big particles of ink where broken up, the nano laser is not effective in getting to the small particles. As the treatments went on the laser could not effectively deal with the ink and started to cause destruction of the melanin in the skin, leading to staining or hyperpigmentation, as the docs call it.
The benefit of combining the two lasers in one treatment
Now with both the Nano and the Pico Technology, treating tattoos, is faster. One can come in on the same session, treat the large ink particles and within the same session, you use the Pico laser to treat the smaller ink particles. This tag team of the laser technologies, is one of the main reason that removing the tat at with Miami Ink off Laser makes the treatment fast and efficient.
Besides just the rate of the laser pulse, the other major difference between the pico and nano lasers is the timing for tattoo removal. As the pico laser is newer and also delivers faster laser pulses, this means having tattoo removal from a pico laser can reduce the time by which the tattoo is removed, by having less sessions to completely remove the tattoo.
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Reducing the discomfort with laser tattoo removal
The pico laser uses more of a pressure wave than a light wave in the nano laser, which can create heat. This heat has been known to burn the skin in some individuals undergoing tattoo removal. With the pico laser, there is less chance for burning the skin.
Reducing the chance of skin lightening
With laser tattoo removal, it has also been common to cause hypopigmentation, which is a lightening of the skin, at or around the area of tattoo removal with the nano laser. This occurs as some of the pigment producing cells, melanocytes, are destroyed with the nano laser and are no longer produce the pigment, melanin, in the skin. The pico laser vastly reduces the chance of hypopigmentation. Both types of lasers still require a recovery period between sessions, which is usually at least 6 weeks, for the skin to heal and the body to help with removal of the ink particles.
Is it really pain free?
It’s unfortunate that both getting and removing tattoos can create a lot of pain. Most conventional methods of tattoo removal turn people off because of the uncomfortable, painful experience as well as the potential scaring of the tattoo removal process.
While other tattoo removal services only use chilled gel and numbing cream to help relieve discomfort. Miami Ink Off is different. MIO offers not only anesthesia but sedation for the more difficult cases, thus making Miami Ink Off the only center in Miami that can provide a virtually pain-free experience in a state of the art medical facility. Don’t trust your skin to Non-Medical personnel. We are confident that our technology, experience, and staff make us the best choice for getting a tattoo removed.
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If you are planning to consider laser tattoo removal, the best advice is to look for a reputable medical clinic. It is important to education yourself in regards to what type of laser will be used, recovery period between sessions, and how many sessions are being considered for your tattoo removal, based on color, size, age, and location of the tattoo.
If you have questions about laser tattoo removal, call the experts at Miami Ink Off and book a complimentary consultation.
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