Why are lasers used?
Laser light = Energy
Have you ever noticed how the top of your head gets hot when wearing a dark hat on a sunny day? That’s because the sunlight is absorbed by the color of your hat. The ink in a tattoo is like that hat. The pigment absorbs the laser light energy and is disturbed.
Lasers emit light energy which can be directed at your tattoo through the layers of your skin.
How does it work?
Laser energy is directed at the tattooed area for a fraction of a second, passing harmlessly through the outer layer of the skin and targeting the tattoo ink directly. The laser disrupts the ink, allowing your body to absorb it and break it down naturally.
How does it feel?
Laser tattoo removal has been described as feeling like a rubber band snapping on the skin, or the same feeling as getting a tattoo, but it takes far less time! Before and during treatment, GoodByeDye utilizes a Zimmer Cryo 6 Skin Chiller which not only minimizes the discomfort, but also results in decreased overall patient skin inflammation and damage. This translates into a more comfortable experience with fewer side effects!
FINAL STAGES: After 5 to 15 visits, a tattoo may be completely cleared, although some stubborn colors, such as white, green and blue, may not be removed. Most of the ink will be dispersed and absorbed by your body. Your tattoo should be barely visible or not visible at all!
Why do some tattoos take longer to treat?
Individual factors affect how your tattoo responds to the laser.
- UNIQUE IMMUNE SYSTEM: Some people get over colds faster than others. That’s because everyone’s immune system behaves differently and this is a factor during tattoo removal. Your body will break down the pigment at its own individual rate.
- YOUR SKIN TONE: Lighter skin tones have a higher success rate but many skin types are treatable. Some tattoos are significantly reduced in appearance after the first session.
- TYPES OF COLORS USED: Black, red, dark orange, and dark blue tattoos will usually respond relatively quickly to laser treatments. Green, purple, brown, light orange and light blue may require more visits.
- TYPE OF INK USED: Inks used for tattoos are not regulated so there are many inks out there that affect the skin in different ways. Treatment results will vary, with amateur tattoos generally responding faster than professional ones.
- DEPTH OF TATTOO: A tattoo that is covered by another has more ink and depth in the skin, therefore requiring additional laser treatments. Professioinal tattoos tend to be deeper in the skin, requiring more treatments than amateur tattoos.
How many treatments are needed?
The process is not immediate. After the first treatment, the ink that was exposed to the laser will break down and be removed by your body’s immune system over a period of 6 to 8 weeks. Once the initial process is complete, you can come in for your next visit, repeating the process until the tattoo is gone. Some ink colors are harder to target and require more sessions.
How many stages are there?
There are three different stages:
FIRST STAGE: After your initial visit, you will return every 6 to 8 weeks. It may take several visits to see any results. As your body first starts to break down the ink, you may not see any significant changes yet.
MIDDLE STAGES: You’ll notice the black and darker color inks fading and the brighter color inks, such as red and blue, gradually lightening.
FINAL STAGES: After 5 to 15 visits, a tattoo may be completely cleared, although some stubborn colors, such as white, may not be removed. Most of the ink will be dispersed and absorbed by your body. Your tattoo should be barely visible or not visible at all!
How do I get the best results?
Most patients are thrilled after their initial few treatments, but as they undergo the middle stages of removal, they sometimes become impatient. It is important to remember that not every session will have the same effect. Though the process remains consistent, your body may react differently from treatment to treatment. For optimal results, follow our medical staffs instructions as closely as possible. This will ensure the most thorough removal in the shortest amount of time.
What equipment is used?
The high energy, Q switched pulse technology of the Quanta Q + C allows the tattoo to be treated with minimal risk of scarring and less discomfort than other laser treatment. The state-of-the-art Quanta Q + C is the laser of choice for advanced tattoo removal because of its 3 dedicated true LASER wavelengths: 1064nm, 694nm (Ruby) and 523nm. This laser is the first one of its type ever sold in Ohio. For skin protection and pain control, GoodByeDye utilizes the Zimmer Cryo 6 Skin Chiller.
THREE MAIN COMPONENTS
Nd:YAG Crystal: A “workhorse” component of Quanta Q + C systems is the Nd: YAG (neodymium Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) crystal. However, the Quanta Q + C is uniquely set apart from the ordinary Nd:YAG laser in that it is Q-switched and Frequency Doubled. Frequency Doubler is a solid KTP (Potassium titanyl phosphate) crystal which literally doubles the frequency of the light, thereby cutting the wavelength in half. This allows the 1064 nm to be converted to a pure 532 nm wavelength, which is absorbed by red, orange and yellow tattoo pigments. For 99% of our competitors, this is all they have to offer.
Q-Switch: The Q-Switch acts as an extremely high speed shutter which allows the Quanta Q + C LASER to produce an extremely high energy short pulse (10-20 ns) of light to be released from the laser. This rapid deposition of specific energy wavelengths into specific tattoo pigment chromophores is what makes safe and comfortable LASER tattoo removal possible, period.
Ruby Crystal: While not frequently used in tattoo removal (primarily used for green and blue pigments), the Ruby crystal component of the Quanta Q + C arms your LASER operator with the full spectrum of possible LASER tattoo removal “tools: based on current state of the art technology, utilizing a 694nm wavelength.
How is pain and inflammation managed during the LASER tattoo removal process?
The Zimmer Skin Chiller Cryo 6 Skin Cooling Unit is a mobile unit that cools room air to -32 degrees C. The air is then directed onto the tissue area via a flexible treatment hose. The skin cooling system designed for superficial LASER tattoo removal procedures.
The Cryo 6 Cold Air Device is intended to minimize pain and thermal injury during laser and dermatological treatments and for temporary topical anesthetic relief by cooling skin surface. Unlike other cooling methods such as contact cooling, cryogen spray, or ice packs, the Zimmer Skin Chiller Cryo 6 can cool the epidermis before, during, and after laser energy has been applied. Studies have shown that patients prefer the Zimmer Skin Chiller Cryo 6 over ice packs almost unanimously.