Laser Tattoo Removal
Many patients call New Look Laser Tattoo Removal (713-322-7334) to learn more about how laser tattoo removal works and what it would take for us to remove their tattoo for them.
Laser tattoo removal is a medical procedure that deserves research and careful consideration. We hope this list of Frequently Asked Questions will help you learn more about our procedure and feel confident in visiting our facility.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
What do you use to remove a tattoo?
New Look uses a state-of-the-art tattoo removal laser – Astanza Duality laser system
. This actively Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is highly effective at removing a wide range of colored ink with only minimal side effects. This laser is FDA approved for the removal of dermal pigmentation (i.e. tattoo ink) and is the latest in a string of medical lasers designed to remove unwanted tattoos. We also use an actively Q-switched Ruby laser to treat resistant tattoos and rare colors. Read more about New Look’s advanced technology here
How exactly does the laser break up the tattoo ink?
Two key processes break up the ink – the pigment in your tattoo will absorb the energy from the laser and shatter apart; also, the incredibly fast pulse (6 billionths of a second!) of energy from the laser has a shockwave-like effect that assists the ink shattering. As a result, the ink acts like sugar cube breaking apart into small granules.
How does the body remove the shattered ink?
Once the ink is broken down by the tattoo removal laser, the body will respond by moving fluid to the area to help flush away the ink. This immune response will be obvious to the patient in the form of some swelling and redness in the area. Over the next days, weeks, and months the small, shattered ink particles will be flushed away naturally. The tattoo removal effects aren’t seen overnight and 99% of tattoos require multiple treatments.
Why do I need multiple sessions?
All tattoos have layers of ink, stacked on top of each other within the skin. The thick concentration of pigment particles that cannot be completely broken down in one session. At New Look, we’ll go over your entire tattoo with the laser, breaking up as much ink as possible in every session. Each session will produce some level of fading, although for very new tattoos the fading may not be as visible because the ink is still so thick and dense. If your tattoo has shading, the shaded areas will vanish in fewer treatments because shaded tattoos have a lower ink density. Visit our Before & After Gallery
to get an idea of the results to expect.
Do tattoo removal “creams” or “injections” work?
We’ve seen little to no evidence that “magic creams” help to fade tattoos. At best, they may act like a mild skin bleach to lighten the surrounding skin. Looking at the ingredients and components of such products makes one wonder how they would purportedly remove tattoo ink. The medical community agrees with us – these creams are a gimmick, and a waste of time and money. Injection methods of tattoo removal are even worse because they basically inject highly-damaging acid into the skin. We have seen many people with severe scarring and chemical burns from injection methods.
How Effective Is It?
Will my tattoo be 100% removed?
In most cases, yes. However, keep in mind that there are no regulations on the manufacturing of tattoo ink. There are hundreds of manufacturers with unique formulations, ingredients, colors, etc… Therefor, each tattoo fades at a different rate and sometimes a small amount of pigmentation may remain in the skin even after multiple treatments. This is acceptable to be considered a removed tattoo.
Can lasers remove BIG tattoos?
Yes, lasers can remove tattoos in all shapes and sizes. Determining factors include depth of ink, existing scarring, raised skin, and most importantly colors of ink.
What are alternatives to laser tattoo removal?
Right now, laser tattoo removal is the only safe and effective method to removing tattoos. Creams, lotions, and medication DO NOT work! If you do not like your tattoo, the only alternative is to cover it up with another tattoo. Some of our clients will opt to treat the tattoo until it fades enough to cover it with another tattoo.