Tattoo Removal Services
March 13, 2018 Hurtt Family Health Clinic
A tattoo can have significant and long-lasting value to an individual – but it can also be just a passing fancy. About 25% of Americans have tattoos, and of these, around half will eventually want their tattoos removed.
In the past, tattoo removal was a riskier process, with a higher prevalence of infection, scarring and other side effects. But with the introduction of laser technology, the procedure has become much safer and easier, with minimal side effects.
Hurtt Family Health Clinic offers laser tattoo removal Orange County residents will find highly affordable.
- Our tattoo removal rate is $75 per session, size can be up to 8.5 x 11 inches (approximate size of piece of standard printer paper)
- Most tattoos can be removed in 5 to 15 sessions
- You will be attended to by clinicians who are certified laser removal specialists
- We use Astanza “Duality” laser, a highly reliable technology that has been proven to remove tattoos faster and with better results
How laser tattoo removal works
It’s important to note that some limitations may be expected from the laser tattoo removal process. It may not be possible to remove the entire tattoo – some colors could lighten but still be visible to a certain degree.
Lasers work by destroying the cells with the tattoo pigments, leaving the rest of the skin and other tissues unharmed. This results in little to no scarring and side effects, unlike other tattoo removal techniques like dermabrasion or excision. In fact, a laser procedure can help repair or minimize skin damage caused by previous tattoo removals using other techniques.
Different colors react in different ways to light wavelengths, so several lasers may be used in removing an entire tattoo. Black, blue and green are known to be more easily removed by laser compared to other colors. Yellow, purple and turquoise, as well as fluorescent pigments, are the most difficult to remove and may require several sessions.
In addition to the size and colors of your tattoo, other factors that can determine the needed number of sessions are:
- Age – Older tattoos generally fade more easily
- Who did the tattoo – Tattoos done by amateurs are often easier to remove than those done by professionals
- Part of the body – Tattoos on certain parts of the body – like the lower parts of the legs or arms – are typically more difficult to remove
Possible side effects
While laser tattoo removal is generally safe for everyone, there are still some risks of side effects, including:
- Infection on the tattoo removal site
- Permanent scarring or skin indentation
- Hypopigmentation (treated skin is lighter in color) or hyperpigmentation (treated skin is darker in color)
- Darkening of cosmetic tattoos, such as eyebrows, lip liner and eye liner
Allergy is also a potential side effect. However, before the removal process starts, some tests may be run to determine your skin’s reaction to the laser.
What to expect during the procedure
Laser tattoo removal is highly tolerated by most patients, who have described the sensation as similar to grease spatter or the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. Anesthesia is generally not necessary, but may be used if you have lower pain tolerance or if the tattoo is located on a more sensitive part of the body.
After the treatment, the treated area will be soothed by an ice pack. Topical antibiotic may also be prescribed to prevent infections. To know more about the procedure, call Hurtt Family Clinic for an appointment at (714) 247-0300.