Colorado Skin and Vein has recently added a new laser to our arsenal of technology: the Lumenis QX Max. The Lumenis QX Max is the most powerful and effective tattoo removal device available, and Colorado Skin Care is one of only nine reference sites in the entire country that has it. Worldwide, tattooing has become a popular trend. In many markets in the world, greater than 15% of adults have tattoos. It is estimated that 50% of those receiving tattoos will want to have them removed within 10 years of their application. If you are one of those people looking to have a tattoo removed, this is the treatment you want.
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How It Works
The laser delivers light of specific wavelengths in ultra-short, very high peak energy pulses which are absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo and result in an acoustic shockwave. The shockwave shatters the pigment particles, releasing them from their encapsulation and breaking them into fragments small enough for removal by the body. These tiny particles are then eliminated by the body. Since the laser light must be absorbed by the pigment particles, the laser wavelength must be selected to match the absorption spectrum of the pigment.
This picture represents the progress we made after two treatments.
*Individual Results May Vary.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
The laser delivers high-intensity light in pulses of a few billionths of a second into the treated area. The tattoo inks selectively absorb the light without damaging the normal surrounding skin tissue in the process. The tattoo ink is broken into smaller particles that are then harmlessly removed by the body in the weeks following treatment.
How Many Treatments Will It Require To Remove My Tattoo?*
Removing a professionally applied tattoo is usually a fading process that requires a series of treatments spaced at least 4 weeks apart. Professional tattoos usually require 5-10 treatment sessions for satisfactory clearing. The depth, color and amount of ink, as well as the location of the tattoo on the body are all determining factors in how quickly the tattoo can be removed. Most amateur, ‘street tattoos” and traumatic tattoos are removed in fewer treatments.
What About Lightening An Existing Tattoo?
Many tattoo artists encourage customers to receive a minimum number of laser treatments to lighten an existing tattoo before covering it with a new one. This will dramatically reduce any chance of the old tattoo appearing through the new one. In most cases, a minimum of 2-4 treatments is all that’s required to lighten an existing tattoo.
Colorado Skin and Vein offers the most effective tattoo removal in Denver, CO, and in the country. To begin your tattoo removal treatment, contact Colorado Skin and Vein today at 303.683.3235 or request a consult online. Colorado Skin & Vein serves Englewood and the greater Denver, CO area.
*Individual Results May Vary.