Tattoos are a popular form of self-expression, and can be highly-artistic, professional embellishments. To permanently ink ones skin may be an intention for a life-time, or a more “in the moment” decision. If your life or your taste has changed, it has been difficult, painful and very expensive to undo that commitment. The emergence of lasers for tattoo removal has lessened the burden, and advances in technology now distinguish the best from the mediocre. Essentially Bare has been working with lasers for more than twelve years, and is committed to investing in the most advanced, approved technology for all equipment. It really does make a difference.
The Most Advanced Laser Technology
The FDA-Approved, Spectra ND: Yag laser is a dual mode, Q-Switch laser with four distinct wavelengths in addition to a patented, long pulse mode in one system. These high intensity pulses of laser light create a photo-acoustic wave which significantly lightens or completely removes pigments and tattoo particles without harming surrounding skin. This is especially important for patients with darker skin tones as the skin has a higher concentration of melanin (pigment). This pigment readily absorbs laser light, with greater risk of skin overheating and causing permanent scars. The Spectra Q-Switch is non-ablative, and the higher wavelength is more resistant to being absorbed by melanin (pigment). This energy wave shatters the ink molecules at such a high rate of speed that they vibrate and break-up microscopically. The pulverized fragments are absorbed and are passed unnoticed through the body.
Less Pain, Less Downtime
While you will have some discomfort (like a rubber band snapping against the skin), the Spectra laser is non-ablative, and the surrounding skin is not burned. You will immediately observe “puffy” skin over the lines and fill of your tattoo, but it subsides within hours, and there is no bleeding or scabbing. Your wait between treatments is therefore less than traditional lasers (4-8 weeks).
Less Required Treatments
Traditional lasers require anywhere from six to fifteen treatments, depending on the ink density and coloring. The Spectra laser effectively treats all ink colors, in an average of half of the number of treatments by traditional lasers.
In general, the Spectra laser is able to completely remove or nearly completely remove the majority of a tattoo, as if it were never there. In some circumstances the laser tattoo removal process may leave a light “stain” meaning there is a slight amount of ink that cannot be removed. This is determined when the majority of ink is removed and the skin no longer reacts to the laser pulses.
Tattoo removal pricing is determined during your free consultation by measuring the size of your tattoo. The cost per square inch is on average, $49 per treatment with a $98 per-treatment minimum. Your clinician may suggest a package based on the number of treatments expected to eliminate your tattoo, with discounted pricing. As there are variables (skin tone, ink color and density, ink age, etc.) involved in estimating the number of treatments to remove your tattoo, you may require additional treatments. Essentially Bare staff is not commissioned for any cosmetic or laser service, and has no incentive for making recommendations beyond wanting patients to be satisfied and happy.
Post-treatment, two years, four months
Photos Courtesy of Kevin Duplechain, M.D.