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As a lover of tattoos, you may wonder why so many seem to be deciding to remove tattoos these days. There are nearly as many reasons to remove a tattoo as there are people seeking tattoo removal. It is a personal decision that can at times involve a great number of emotions.

At Vanish, we do not wish to pry into our patients’ reasons for tattoo removal, but when they are shared freely, we gladly listen.

Sometimes a tattoo was the result of a rebellious time when the tattoo served to prove one's independence and freedom from authority.

Other times a tattoo can be a reminder of a time a person would now rather forget. That could be a long gone relationship or a wide variety of other memories that one does not wish to relive, or maybe just explaining the significance of the tattoo is more than a person cares to deal with.

Still other times the placement of the tattoo can be a problem. Some of our patients love their tattoos, but covering them for work has become a frustration. Others are seeking a career in the Armed Forces. Tattoo policies in the military change often as the need for new recruits rises and falls. The army recently tightened its restrictions on tattoos for new enlistees. These tighter restrictions forbid tattoos below the knees or elbows, whereas previously only the area 2 inches above the wrist and lower was off limits.

Regardless of the reasons one may have for removing a tattoo, Vanish will treat each person and each tattoo with the utmost respect and care. If you’d like to share your story with us, we’d love to hear it. If not, we respect your privacy.

 

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When it comes to estimating the number of treatments a tattoo may need in order to remove it, there are many factors that contribute to that number. Many of these factors are not readily visible. Some determining factors include, but are not limited to, tattoo color, skin color, density of ink, dept of the ink in the skin, and the patient’s own immune system.

Our laser specialists use their knowledge of the laser tattoo removal process along with their experience to provide you with a reasonably estimated range of treatments that may be necessary to remove your tattoo. Due to the extremely variable nature of both people and tattoos, our laser specialists cannot guarantee a specific number or even a range of treatments that may be necessary. Our laser specialists may be able to re-evaluate their original estimate for a more accurate range once they see how the tattoo is responding from one treatment to the next, however, even then an exact number cannot be given nor guaranteed.

We offer free consultations so that you can meet with our laser specialists and discuss with them what to expect from treatment and get an idea of how many treatments may be necessary to remove your tattoo.

 

Both of the tattoos pictured below are before and after 5 treatments.  Due to placement of the tattoo, density of the ink, and many other variables, they have faded at different rates.  The tattoo on the bottom is all but gone, whereas the tattoo on the top is still quite visible and will require more treatments to appear as faded as the other.

 

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Laser skin rejuvenation treatments at Vanish are great for improving overall skin tone, helping to improve collagen production, lessening the appearance of fine lines, preventing new fine lines from appearing, and just helping your skin to turn over. While Vanish’s skin rejuvenation treatments can help with all of these things, it is important to note that each person is different and results vary greatly. Skin rejuvenation treatments, as great as they are, should not be expected to create drastic changes for anyone.

So many of us stare at our reflections on a daily basis and notice each and every blemish. We can point to the exact position of any given dark spot or wrinkle without assistance of a mirror, and we are absolutely certain that everyone who looks at us also nit-picks our skin the same way we do. Because we are so focused on our flaws especially when it comes to our skin, it is quite common for skin rejuvenation patients to say they do not see any improvement. Often times, our patients will state that they do not notice a difference, but that a friend has asked if they’ve done something different. While the rest of the world doesn’t focus on the blemishes we are son conscious of, they do notice when our skin tone is more even or we have new healthy glow.

At Vanish we take pictures before each treatment so that we can compare them and get an accurate idea of where improvements were made and where a bit more attention may be necessary. If you would like to see your pictures, just let us know. We would be happy to share them with you. And as always, if you have questions or concerns about your treatment at Vanish, don’t hesitate to let us know. We strive to ensure your satisfaction.

Birthmarks and sunspots can be removed with our Trinity Laser by Astanza as can tattoos of a wide variety of colors, but is there a difference in the treatment, healing process, results, etc?

As with laser tattoo removal, a laser of the proper frequency must be used to remove a birthmark or sunspot. Our ruby laser is very effective in removal of blue and green tattoo ink as well as removing brownish birthmarks and sunspots. For reddish birthmarks, such as port wine stains, our 532nm wavelength laser is a better choice as it would be for red, yellow, and orange tattoo ink.

For both tattoo removal and removal of naturally occurring skin pigment, such as birthmarks and sun spots, the laser targets the pigment in the skin and shatters it into smaller particles so that your immune system can then do the removal. In both instances the treated area becomes red and inflamed. With sunspot or birthmark removal, the redness and inflammation is typically less than what we see with tattoo removal.

“Laser snow” (immediate and extremely temporary whitening of the treated area due to steam trapped just below the skin’s surface) is a common occurrence with both laser tattoo removal and laser pigmentation removal, again however, a treated tattoo tends to produce more “laser snow” than a treated sunspot or birthmark.

After pigment removal treatment, the treated area may continue to redden and swell for a few hours and sometimes into the next day. After 24 hours the redness and swelling should begin to lessen. The treated area will stay darker than it was prior to treatment for a few days to a few weeks. You may develop a scab or just a slightly rough skin. This along with the darker color will slough off over those few days to few weeks. On the flip side, tattoo removal patients will also notice increased redness and swelling over the next day or so after treatment, but again after 24 hours the redness and swelling should begin to decrease. Depending on the colors in the tattoo, the treated area may blister or scab. This can take a few weeks or more to completely heal. In both cases the area must be completely healed before a subsequent treatment can be performed.

In many cases naturally occurring skin pigment is not as deep or dense in the skin as tattoo ink, therefore often times a lower laser setting can be used and fewer treatments may be needed for pigment removal as opposed to laser tattoo removal. On average a tattoo can be removed in 5-10 treatments whereas a birthmark or age spot may be removed in as few as 1-3 treatments. These numbers are simply an average range. More or fewer treatments may be necessary depending on a wide array of factors from density of the pigment, location of the pigment, the patient’s immune system, and so much more.