Ink. Growing in popularity as a form of self expression and art, tattoos are becoming more widely accepted within society. Yet, despite their growing admittance within our culture there are many who have regrets…this is where Soderstrom Skin Institute can help. 

As your fondness for your tattoo fades, watch as the medical experts at the Soderstrom Skin Institute make your tattoo fade using the most advanced laser technology within the medical field. 

Why tattoo removal? :

Upkeep is one of the most commonly overlooked factors by people making the decision to get a tattoo. The skin is the largest organ system in the body and, as such, it is constantly rejuvenating itself. As it is exposed to the elements skin begins showing the effects of age and sun damage distinctly. Unfortunately for those with tattoos, these same environmental factors change the appearance of ink on the skin. The effect is the disbursement of tattoo ink causing the work to look less definitive.

If you have experienced embarrassment, lower body image or negativity due to your tattoo you should consult one of the medical professionals at the Soderstrom Skin Institute. Trained in the most advanced laser removal methods they are prepared to cater to you during this important change. 

What are the removal options? :

Laser removal works as a beam of light is slowly passed over the skin thereby reaching the epidermis. The laser beam penetrates the skin and vaporizes the ink. As a result, pigment in the tattoo is broken-up. A scab will form over the treated area of skin. Finally, the pigment is released both through the scab, and by being absorbed through the body’s own cleansing mechanism.

Different colors in the skin absorb different wavelengths, and in many cases, more than one kind of laser is required to treat a tattoo. Occasionally pigment shadows may be faintly visible after multiple treatments. The Alexandrite Laser and the Q-Switched YAG laser are used at the Soderstrom Skin Institute. 

The effectiveness of each treatment depends upon the density and amount of color within each area of a tattoo. The way in which a tattoo is applied effects results; professional tattoo artists usually disburse the pigment at an equal depth within the skin. When the pigment has been placed evenly in the skin the laser beam reaches more pigment making a tattoo easier to treat. A professional tattoo will require on average six to 12 treatments*, two months apart. Tattoos applied by an amateur tend to have varied depths within the skin. In this scenario more treatments or different laser beam wavelengths will be required in order to reach all of the pigment. Each laser treatment removes approximately 50 percent of the remaining pigment*.

Treatments are spaced apart to allow the body to absorb as much of the pigment as possible before proceeding to the next treatment. It is important to note that tattoo inks are not regulated, which makes it impossible for a physician to predict the extent of effort required for the removal of any given tattoo.

One of the benefits of laser tattoo removal is that treatment is usually performed without anesthesia. Patients have described the sensation as that of a small rubber band snapping on the skin. The greatest benefit is the peace of mind that comes from the removal of the unwanted tattoo.

All treatment details will be discussed in an initial consultation with a physician. For a consultation with one of our physicians, please call 833-439-8612.

*results may vary