Laser Tattoo Removal Phoenix
Why should you have laser tattoo removal at North Valley Plastic Surgery?
Improvement after your first treatment.
Dramatic results after several treatments.
The latest tattoo removal lasers available.
Minimal risk of side effects.
History of Tattoos
Although tattoos have recently soared in popularity and acceptance, they have been around for a long time. One of the oldest tattoos found to date was on Ötzi the Iceman who lived 5,300 years ago but tattoos have likely been around much longer. Since ancient times tattoos have gone in and out of popularity. Different cultures and individuals find different meaning and reasons for tattoos. In the United States, tattoos were exceeding rare until WWII. The first tattoo parlor didn’t appear in the United States until the late 19th century but now there are 21,000 and growing. Today people view their tattoos as a form of art, self-expression, and something deeply personal. Tattoos are far more popular and accepted now than in any other time in modern histor
What is a tattoo?
In the simplest of terms, a tattoo is ink placed permanently within the skin typically to create an image or wording. Tattoos are created by injecting pigment into small, deep holes made in the skin. A tattoo resides in the dermis, which is the second layer of skin. The cells of the dermis are more stable than the cells in the epidermis which is the top layer of the skin that is constantly shedding. Although deep within the skin, minor fading and dispersion still do occur during an person’s entire life.
Why would a person want tattoo removal?
With the popularity of tattoos in the early twenty-first century, the market for effective removal has skyrocketed. Some of the information or stories about tattoo removal are outdated or incorrect which causes some to give up before they ever talk to a professional.
Employment Some still associate a negative stigma with tattoos and 31% of employers would rather hire someone without a tattoo. People that get tattoo that can’t be hidden with clothes likely face the most discrimination.
Damage If a tattoo is exposed to sunlight frequently, the pigment can fade making it look unsightly. As a person ages, the skin can sag causing the tattoo to become blurry or stretched.
Interest Change Styles and interests can change with time but a tattoo will always remain within the skin. A person’s tastes in his 20s can be different in his 50s. Also, some may feel that their tattoos are no longer age appropriate.
Regret Some tattoos are done at the spur of the moment under the influence of friends or drinking. Although, an ethical tattoo artist wouldn’t work on someone under these circumstances, it can happen.
Body Rejection Tattoo ink can be considered a foreign body by your immune system. If a person’s body turns against a tattoo, it’s a serious problem that needs a doctor’s attention.
How can a tattoo be removed?
Regardless of how skilled a tattoo artist is, once pigment is injected into the confines of skin, it stays there. Tattoo removal methods include dermabrasion (not to be confused with microdermabrasion), cryosurgery (freezing the skin), and excision (cutting away the tattoo with a scalpel and stitching up the wound). Some patients who are lucky enough to have a tattoo in an area of excessive skin, can have it removed during a surgery such as a tummy tuck. Tattoos can be covered up or changed by strategically placing additional tattoos which is the focus of the reality TV show Tattoo Nightmares. For the majority of patients, however, tattoos are best removed with lasers.
How does a laser remove a tattoo?
A laser breaks up the tattoo pigments so that they can be carried away naturally by the body’s immune system. If you’ve ever had laser hair removal, you know that the technician will proceed with caution around a tattoo. This is with good reason, as aesthetic lasers are attracted to pigment. Although laser tattoo removal lasers are different than other aesthetic lasers, there share some common characteristics and risks.
The Q-switched Nd:YAG is the most frequently used laser for tattoo removal. During treatment, pulses of light from the laser are directed onto the tattoo, breaking up the tattoo pigment. Tattoo ink and natural pigmentation like melanin absorb short pulse duration and high peak energy Q-switched pulses so quickly that they create a photo-acoustic effect within the pigment clusters. This effect breaks down the ink into much smaller particles that can then be slowly removed by macrophages which are blood cells that act like garage trucks by removing waste. We can work with almost all tattoos and locations. The most responsive are dark tattoo inks, specifically black (which accounts for more than half of all tattoos), blue and green. Patients should expect to come back for several treatments to achieve optimal results.
What brand does your office use for laser tattoo removal?
We use the Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser with the Harmony laser system from Alma Lasers. We believe that it is the best laser tattoo removal system on the market.
It uses two discrete wavelengths to treat a broad range of tattoo colors, including:
- Dark colors like black, blue &, green with 1064-nm wavelength
- Brighter colors like red, orange, & yellow with 532-nm wavelength
Does it hurt?
It uncomfortable to have laser tattoo removal without any numbing medication. We can dramatically decrease discomfort by numbing the area and using proper treatment methods. Pain level with laser tattoo removal, like any treatment, varies from patient to patient. Our goal is to make every patient as pain free and comfortable as possible.
How much does it cost?
Laser tattoo removal is not as expensive as people think but it’s likely more expensive to remove your tattoo than it was to get it. Every tattoo is different so we have to see it in person to give an estimate. There is no charge for a laser tattoo removal consultation.
What’s my next step?
If you are thinking about laser hair removal the first step is to get a consultation. We need to see your tattoo in person to determine if you’re a good candidate and estimate how many treatments you might need. Call 480-991-6877 to schedule a complimentary consultation for laser tattoo removal.
|Amazing Tattoo Statistics (from Pew Research)|
|Annual amount of U.S. spending on tattoos||$1,650,500,000|
|Total percent of Americans (all ages) who have at least one tattoo||14 %|
|Percentage of U.S. adults 18 – 25 who have at least one tattoo||36 %|
|Percentage of U.S. adults 26 – 40 who have at least one tattoo||40 %|
|Total number of Americans that have at least one tattoo||45 million|
|Number of tattoo parlors in the U.S.||21,000|
|Average cost of a small tattoo||$ 45|
|Average cost of a large tattoo||$150 / hour|
|Percentage of U.S. population who have covered up a tattoo with another tattoo||5 %|
|People with tattoos that generally keep them hidden from view||72%|
|Percentage of people with tattoos who claim they are addicted to tattoos||32 %|
|Percentage of people who have some regret after getting their tattoo||17 %|
|Percentage of people with a tattoo who are getting or have had one removed||11 %|
|Factors Considered When Getting A Tattoo|
|Percentage of people with tattoos who think the reputation of tattoo artist or tattoo studio is the most important factor||49 %|
|Percentage of people with tattoos who think price is the most important factor||8 %|
|Percentage of people with tattoos who think a tattoo with a personal meaning is the most important factor||43 %|
|How People Feel About Their Tattoo|
|Total percentage of people with tattoos who say their tattoo makes them feel rebellious||29 %|
|Percentage of people with a tattoo that say it makes them feel more sexy||31 %|
|Percentage of people with tattoos who say their tattoo makes them feel more intelligent||5 %|