Laser Tattoo Removal
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work? And Can YOUR Tattoo be Removed?
Are you concerned that aging and gravity are changing your once fresh tattoos into a smudgy mess? Or maybe you simply grew out of a phase and have changed your mind about your body art. Whatever the case may be, you don’t have to live with those unwanted tattoos. With laser tattoo removal, you can finally say goodbye to those once cute flowers on your ankle, the Chinese characters on your back, or that pesky devil on your bicep that seemed so right at the time.
Under the guidance of board-certified dermatologist and board-certified dermatologic cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joel Schlessinger, Schlessinger MD in Omaha, Nebraska, offers over 20 years of laser tattoo removal experience. Call now for a consultation and treatment for tattoo removal.
Remove Unwanted Tattoos With Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal has evolved dramatically over the years. Advances in the technology have made it more effective in tackling many different color pigments and sizes. The treatment itself is individualized and the process involved depends more on the color and overall size of the tattoo rather than on the design.
Dr. Schlessinger will closely analyze the tattoo’s structure to develop the ideal treatment plan for each individual patient. Cost for removal varies according to the size, location, and quality of the tattoo. Dr. Schlessinger and his team perform a method called ‘the stacked’ treatment, which can dramatically shorten the amount of sessions necessary for removal by performing four treatments at the same time. We use a special patch, the Describe Patch, that allows for more treatments to be safely done at the same session. It utilizes perfluorodecalin (PFD) to achieve these great results. Dr. Schlessinger is the only practitioner in the Omaha area who uses it and has done so since 2015.
The Tattoo Removal Procedure
Laser tattoo removal requires the proper use of various types of lasers to remove tattoos completely. Dr. Schlessinger has multiple lasers that can be used for tattoos, and this selection allows him to treat a variety of colors and tattoo patterns that might otherwise be challenging to treat.
Dr. Schlessinger will begin the procedure by preparing the tattooed skin and administering a topical anesthetic over the area to be treated.. The tattoo will then be anesthetized. Tattoo ink is made up of particles, which are placed into the skin with needles as you get a tattoo. Depending on the tattoo, you may have many ink color pigments that are embedded into the deep layers of your skin. A special device that delivers fast and precise laser pulses is used to target these pigments and eradicate that tattoo from your body.
Black ink can almost always be removed in a series of treatments that are scheduled a month or so apart. The dark pigment makes it easier for the laser to target and zap the ink particles and the skin cells that contain them. Yellow, white, orange, purple, or green tattoo colors are more difficult to remove completely and may require more treatment sessions to effectively remove them from your body. Certain colors may be impossible to remove (mainly green or light blue).
If the color of light shot into the skin matches the color of the ink, the ink will heat up the particles and break them down. As the particles become smaller and smaller through multiple treatments, they’ll eventually go away by absorbing into your bloodstream to be removed from the body.
Because the laser delivers light that can generate heat, the heat can also cause scarring. This can be a particular concern on highly sensitive areas of the skin, such as removing permanent makeup tattoos on the lips, for example. That’s why it’s important to work with a skilled physician like Dr. Schlessinger and his associates who can help safely and effectively remove your tattoo while keeping the surrounding skin as safe as possible.
I had a consultation for laser tattoo removal. Everyone from the front desk receptionist to the nurses and doctors that assisted were incredibly friendly. I had Dr. Schlessinger for my initial consultation and he walked me through how the process would work and what I could expect. While waiting for the nurse I was shown a video about tattoo removal and that was extremely helpful as I haven’t been through the process at this location. I have previously had laser tattoo removal at another place in Omaha and the difference was insane! The last place I went didn’t offer to numb it and did not give me anything to help with the pain. The last place flew through it in about 10 minutes and never changed the laser (even though I have many different colors in my tattoo). The nurse at Skin Specialists gave me the option for numbing the area, which I didn’t do since it is such a large tattoo and I have gone through the process without numbing before. They did however provide Pro-nox which provided relief from the pain. The nurse took her time and talked me through the process as she was doing it. They changed the lasers and the strength a few times through the process. I was SHOCKED at how little this actually hurt, especially compared to the other place I have gone in the past. The care and the time the staff took to help me with this was very much appreciated and I had a great experience. I can’t recommend Skin Specialists enough!
– Hilary C.
Before & Afters
These are unretouched photos of Dr. Schlessinger’s own patients
What is the Stacked ‘Describe Patch’ Method?
The stacked method is simply a method where via the use of the Describe Patch, a proprietary device, four treatments for tattoo removal can be done at the same time. Costs can be decreased by the use of this method as more treatments can be done at the same time. This also decreases the pain of anesthetizing the area multiple times as well. Dr. Schlessinger and his associates are experts in this, having used this method since 2015 and being the only practice in Omaha to offer it.
What Results Can You Expect?
The process involved in laser tattoo removal varies from patient to patient and depends on the tattoo to be treated. Dr. Schlessinger and his associates can discuss the procedure and what you can expect during an initial consultation in his Omaha, Nebraska office. You may view some of his before-and-after photos below.
What You Need to Know Before The Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure
The difficulty involved in laser tattoo removal depends on the ink color, size, and placement. Tattoos in areas of the skin that are hard to reach (such as those covering folds of the skin or on the face) may be more difficult to remove.
Some areas of the body may produce more scarring than others. Particularly vulnerable to scarring are the neck, upper arm and shoulder, and the chest.
People with darker skin may have some challenges removing tattoos completely without lightening the surrounding skin.
The success of laser tattoo removal depends more on the color of the ink or inks used than on the size of the tattoo itself. Some tattoos can be noticeably reduced in 3 to 5 sessions with 4 to 6 weeks between sessions. Others may take 10 to 12 sessions over a period of a year or even never respond satisfactorily. During the time between sessions, your body is removing the small particles of pigment vaporized by the laser.
What Happens After The Procedure?
After the procedure, you can expect your tattoo to fade over time.. Some patients may still be able to see their tattoos depending on the position and colors used, but it will only be minimally visible after multiple treatments and time to let it resolve.
In some cases, patients may see a darkening or lightening of the skin in the area where the tattoo was removed. Occasionally, a patient may develop a reddened or darker area that looks like a burn. Most likely, it is a condition called post-inflammatory erythema (PIE), which can be caused by the laser procedure. Dr. Schlessinger can advise you on how to lessen the inflammation until it goes away.
What Are the Possible Side Effects?
At Schlessinger MD in Omaha, Nebraska, we’re dedicated to optimizing every treatment to fit the individual needs of each patient. We take extra care in choosing the specific laser for your skin type and avoiding most side effects. Occasionally, however, it is possible to have a slight burn or blister. In our hands, however, this is quite rare.
As your Omaha laser tattoo removal experts, we have a number of different lasers to choose from, and we know which will work best for you and your skin type and area to be addressed. Minor skin irritation can occur, but this is transient and lasts only a short time.
Good Candidates for Laser Tattoo Removal?
Tattoos are a concern for many people who may have outgrown them. Schlessinger MD has been treating unwanted tattoos since 1997 and has delivered hundreds, if not thousands of great results . Additionally, Dr. Schlessinger is ethical and is careful to let patients know who may not have a good result on their tattoo prior to starting treatment.
Older tattoos are easier to remove than newer ones. Tattoos with ink that’s black, brown and dark blue also show the best results from the procedure. Patients with darker skin and preexisting skin conditions may find that it’s more difficult to remove tattoos due to the higher risk of side effects.
Dr. Schlessinger is very careful to make sure that his patients know what results to expect and when and how many treatments may be necessary, though it is impossible to say for sure due to the multiple inks that are used by various tattoo artists. In this area, in particular, treatments can vary greatly depending on the colors of the tattoo and the types of tattoo ink used.
“Tattoo removal is an important part of many peoples’ journey to a better state of mind. We offer advanced alternatives and solid advice as to whether or not the tattoo you may want removed can be taken off or not.”