Laser technology coupled with the number of people getting tattoos has boosted the tattoo removal industry. The newest lasers are less painful and leave less scarring than did in the past. The infographic below explains the process in further detail…
Source: American Academy of Dermatology; FDA; tattooarchive.com. Graphic: Bonnie Berkowitz and Alberto Cuadra /The Washington Post
Thank goodness for tattoo removal! At least that’s probably how actress/producer Eva Longoria felt after her split from Tony Parker a few years back. According to TMZ.com, the ‘Grand Hotel’ producer underwent laser treatments to remove a trio of tattoos relating to her ex.
Back in 2010, amid infidelity rumors on Tony’s end, the two went their separate ways after three years of marriage. Eva was so devastated that she desperately wanted to rid herself of all memories of their broken relationship. So shortly after, she began the process of laser tattoo removal.
The tattoos that were treated included a “nine” on the back of her neck (Tony’s jersey number for the San Antonio Spurs), their wedding date in roman numerals on her wrist, and Tony’s initials which were located in an undisclosed location.
With laser tattoo removal, the number of treatments depends on the quality and composition of ink used. Multiple treatments are necessary and must be spaced about 6-8 weeks apart, so the process can take a few years. By judging the way Eva’s tattoos (or lack thereof) have looked recently, she not only erased her tattoos but also rid herself of the last remains of a broken marriage.
Ever think of getting rid of a regrettable tattoo? Just couldn’t stand the look of it anymore? Well imagine feeling that tattoo was causing negative energy.
That is supposedly how actress Megan Fox felt about a Marilyn Monroe tattoo she had on her forearm. She felt so strongly about it, that she had laser tattoo removal to get rid of it. In an interview with an Italian magazine, she said she had it done because, “[Marilyn Monroe] is a negative character, as she suffered from personality disorders and was bipolar. I do not want to attract this kind of negative energy in my life.” Monroe infamously passed away from a drug overdose in 1962 at only 36 years old.
Negative energy or not, the photo above shows the incredible progress she’s had. With maybe one more treatment needed to completely remove it, she is well on her way to ridding herself of that “negative energy.”
About 50 million Americans have tattoos – including about 40% of adults between ages 26 and 40. Tattoos have been a part of mainstream culture for several decades, and are popular among virtually everyone. However, the rates of tattoo regret are significant, with about 1 in 4 people wishing they could remove their ink. For people wanting to remove their unwanted tattoos, laser tattoo removal is the only effective method that doesn’t cause scarring.
Laser tattoo removal has been growing in demand alongside tattoo trends, and the technology has greatly improved over the past 20 years. The Neiman Dermatology Building has always been at the forefront of bringing the best in laser treatments and skincare to patients in Buffalo.
The Astanza Trinity is the world’s most powerful multi-wavelength system for tattoo removal – which means it can remove the full spectrum of ink colors faster than any other laser. Traditional laser tattoo removal systems have weaknesses, and are not able to remove stubborn ink colors such as green, blue, red, or resistant black.
The Trinity is the first system of its kind to combine high levels of peak power (for better destruction of ink) with three full-powered laser wavelengths, each of which targets a portion of the color spectrum. This combination of high power and wavelength versatility allows our staff at the Neiman Dermatology Building to remove colorful tattoos better than anyone else in Western New York.
Laser tattoo removal works by sending light energy into the dermal layer of the skin where tattoo ink particles are trapped. As the laser light penetrates the skin, the ink particles absorb the light and instantly shatter. The tattoo is visibly lightened as the body’s lymphatic system removes the destroyed ink particles following the treatment.
Due to the fact that the Trinity system at the Neiman Dermatology Building provides a higher peak of power with each pulse, more ink is shattered with each treatment session with less trauma to the surrounding skin. Patients treated with the Trinity see their tattoo vanish in fewer sessions.
Trinity tattoo removal treatments are a great option for patients with resistant ink colors that have not been able to be completely removed by other lasers. The experts at the Neiman Dermatology Building can assess your tattoo and decide the right course of treatment based on your unique skin tone and tattoo ink colors to give you the fastest removal results possible.
The Neiman Dermatology Building provides free consultations to patients considering laser tattoo removal. To schedule yours or learn more, call 716-688-0020 today.
You now have your fresh new tattoo, now it’s time to take care of it! Proper after care treatment is important not only for your new ink, but your skin as well. To promote healing and avoid any infections follow these tips:
• Keep covered. Leave the bandage on your tattoo for a minimum of two hours after treatment. This prevents bacteria from entering the area.
• Keep clean. Wash the tattoo gently with a mild, fragrance free soap.
• Moisturize. Should be done 3-6 times a day for the first two weeks.
• Use a dye and fragrance free lotion or ointment. This will help keep the skin at the tattoo site soft and smooth.
• Avoid the sun. The first few months after you get a tattoo you should avoid the sun altogether, but if you do anticipate exposure cover the area with a physical block or a sun block with a zinc titanium base.
• Protect from the sun. The harmful UV rays can fade and damage a tattoo quite fast. A minimum 30 SPF sun block will help maintain the color of the tattoo and prevent it from fading.
Without proper care and caution a tattoo can have adverse effects to your skin and a really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster. If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, contact the artist who performed your work.