Like most people who have received tattoos, you probably thought you would show off your skin art for the rest of your life. However, as you grow, your interests and beliefs may have shifted. Your feelings toward your tattoo can change, too. What once was a point of pride may now be something you attempt to keep concealed.
If this sounds familiar, the good news is that you are not “stuck” with that unwanted ink. While laser tattoo removal treatments have been around for decades, the technology used to perform these procedures has evolved tremendously over the last few years.
These modern solutions at Laser Skin Solutions Jacksonville can eliminate your old tattoos faster and with less discomfort than previous laser treatments.
What Is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal is a non-invasive procedure used to remove tattoo ink. Laser treatment devices emit high-intensity beams of light. These light beams break up the ink pigment underneath your skin so that your body can absorb and eliminate it.
While your skin will always show some signs that a tattoo was previously there, laser treatment makes the ink itself nearly invisible. These minor skin imperfections are far less noticeable than the tattoo itself. As a result, you will no longer have to cover up with long sleeves or other excess clothing.
Since each tattoo varies in terms of the method in which it was applied and the color palette it incorporates, we use several different laser treatment devices at our Jacksonville Beach, FL, clinic, including the following:
Enlighten is one of the best laser tattoo removal devices in production. The laser has dual pulse durations and dual wavelengths, making it suitable for treating tattoos of various colors. The device facilitates fast tattoo removal with minimal discomfort, making it a favorite among our clients.
The PicoSure laser name references the device’s picosecond pulse rate. A picosecond is one trillionth of a second. Because of the rapid pulse rate used by the device, it minimizes skin irritation while simultaneously breaking up ink in short order. It is best suited for use on tattoos that are filled with blue or green hues.
The Alex TriVantage is one of the most versatile lasers in terms of the skin types it can treat. Whether you have a dark complexion or sensitive skin, the Alex TriVantage can offer laser tattoo removal with minimal irritation.
The Q-Switched Laser is generally used on patients who have large, dark tattoos. This laser has longer light pulses, which allows it to effectively break up big patches of dark or black ink. When using this laser, we typically break up a tattoo removal treatment protocol into more sessions to avoid overworking the skin.
How Long Does Tattoo Removal Take?
All but the smallest and most faded tattoos will require multiple sessions to remove. The exact number of sessions required to get rid of your tattoo will depend on size, style, colors, and your skin tone. Some of the tattoo types that we encounter include:
- Stick and poke tattoos
- Cosmetic tattoos
- Traumatic tattoos
- Medical tattoos
- Eyelid tattoos
- Professional tattoos
Of these, professional tattoos usually require the most treatment sessions. On average, clients can expect to undergo between 8 and 15 sessions to achieve their desired results.
Am I Eligible for Laser Treatment?
If you have an unwanted tattoo, you are likely eligible for laser treatments at our clinic. To determine your eligibility, you will need to book a consultation at our Jacksonville Beach clinic.
We will thoroughly review your health history and examine the tattoo(s) that you want to have removed. We will then discuss your treatment options and select the appropriate laser to help you meet those goals.
How Much Does Tattoo Removal Cost?
Laser tattoo removal costs will vary depending on several factors. A few of these include:
- The size of your tattoo
- The colors used in your tattoo
- The location of your tattoo
- The type of laser used
- The number of sessions required
- Whether you opt in for the DeScribe PFD Patch
The DeScribe PFD Patch is an FDA-approved patch that can be used to increase the effectiveness of your laser removal procedure. The patch is placed over your tattoo during the laser treatment and is designed to minimize discomfort and reduce light scattering.
By using the patch, we can treat a tattoo with multiple passes in a single session, thereby expediting the removal process.
What to Expect During Laser Tattoo Removal
During your first visit, we will conduct a consultation to determine the cost, the number of sessions you will require, and which laser will be used.
When you return for your first removal session, we will start by cleansing the area and then applying the laser to the tattoo. Each session can last between 10 minutes and an hour, depending on the size of your tattoo. After your session is over, make sure to follow any aftercare instructions.
Your follow-up sessions will be scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart. Once you have completed your first few sessions, we will evaluate your progress and extend or shorten your treatment protocol as needed.
Schedule Your Laser Treatment in Jacksonville Beach, FL
If you no longer love one or more of your tattoos and are interested in undergoing laser treatment, Laser Skin Solutions Jacksonville can help. We provide customizable tattoo removal treatment options from our Jacksonville Beach, FL, clinic.
To learn more about our process, simply book a free consultation. We will evaluate the tattoo that you want to have removed, your skin health, and your personal medical history. From there, we will help you select the appropriate intervention based on your skin tone, tattoo type and size, and other patient factors.
Contact us to schedule your consultation today.