Q: I tried to have my tattoo removed years ago, but it didn’t work very well. On top of that, it really hurt! Are there any new options that would work better or am I stuck with this Tasmanian Devil tattoo forever? Joe, Warsaw
A. Joe, thanks for your question! You are not alone. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over the last 10 years laser tattoo removal treatments have increased 33 percent. Laser technology continues to advance, which means that laser tattoo removal not only now requires fewer treatments, but practitioners can also remove more colors than ever before all with less discomfort. Did you know that until a few years ago, all the lasers and technology being used were 20 years old! This is one of the main reasons your prior results were sub par.
This new laser tattoo removal technology is known as the enlighten ™. It is designed for the removal of tattoos of all colors and on all skin types. It is the only device in the world that offers both picosecond and nanosecond wavelengths. As far as you’re concerned, Joe, this just means that you will have the best chance at seeing your tattoo erased forever.
If your Tasmanian Devil tattoo is black, red, green, yellow or orange, you will have the highest likelihood of achieving 100 percent clearance of your tattoo. If it contains any lighter colors such as pink or teal, you will still see significant lightening of your tattoo, but possibly not complete removal.
Did your previous laser tattoo removal treatment sessions take forever? The enlighten can treat a 3-inch tattoo in about five minutes. For most tattoos, it will take a series of three to six treatments to achieve your desired results.
Not all tattoo removal procedures are the same, Joe, as you found out. For the best results, it is important to look for an experienced laser technician using the most current treatment options available. Before you know it, your little friend will be erased and your buddies can’t make fun of you anymore. If you have any other questions about laser tattoo removal or if you are a good candidate, be sure to consult with a trained medical aesthetics professional. For more information, visit our enlighten page.
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on Botox, fillers and sclerotherapy.
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