TATTOO REMOVAL WITH VERSAPULSE:
A little beam of light can make all the difference.
If you have a tattoo, you’re not alone.
An estimated 20 million Americans do. If you
want it removed, you’re also not alone. About
half of those with tattoos report they would
now like their tattoo to disappear—but
without a disfiguring scar left in its wake.
Laser technology has made great strides in eliminating
tattoos, so this may be a good time to seriously
consider tattoo removal. Everything from
small, single-color tattoos to large, multicolored
ones can now be significantly faded, if not completely
erased, by the beams of light that new, special
lasers produce. And, as importantly, there
is little risk of the scarring or loss of pigmentation
that other lasers and technologies can cause.
Tattoos are created by embedding ink (colored
pigments) in cells in the dermis, the layer of
skin below the top layer of skin.
In the past,
if you had a tattoo, you had it for life. Then
along came dermabrasion, cryosurgery, and other
techniques, and tattoos could be removed, but
they left a scar or visible white, unpigmented
Now there’s the new VersaPulse® Aesthetic
Laser, a state-of-the-art system specially designed
to treat the full spectrum of tattoos.
Understanding Laser Treatment
laser produces a beam of highly concentrated
light. Different types of lasers produce different
colors of light. The color of
light produced by a particular laser is key to
the laser’s effect on tattoo ink. Particular
colors of light are absorbed by specific colors
of tattoo ink; for example, green light is absorbed
by red ink. The laser’s
light energy vaporizes or fragments the targeted
ink. The body then absorbs the tiny particles
of ink, and the color fades.
The VersaPulse Advantage
lasers emit a light beam of only one color
of light. This meant that doctors sometimes
needed as many as four different lasers to
treat multicolored tattoos. The VersaPulse C
Aesthetic Laser produces short pulses of a wide
range of light colors to treat the full spectrum
of tattoo ink. The entire
treatment involves no incisions.
What You Can Expect
Depending on the depth of the tattoo pigment
(professional tattoos are often deeper), removing
a small tattoo of one color may take one to ten
laser treatments; multicolored tattoos often take
several sessions depending on their size and type
of ink. Sessions are usually spaced 4-8 weeks
apart and are performed in the doctor’s office
without the costs and risks of hospitalization
or general anesthesia.
The laser treatment itself feels like numerous snaps
with a rubber band. Most patients do not require anesthesia
during the procedure. Topical or local anesthesia is
provided for those who do.
The appearance of the treated area immediately after
a laser session will vary from patient to patient depending
on the extent of treatment. Immediate after-effects
may include redness, light crusting, or tenderness,
all of which disappear in a short time. Deeper pigmented
tattoos can leave superficial blistering.
will be happy to tell you more about your treatment
and what you can expect. We’re here to help.
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Ask us about the VersaPulse laser and how your
physician can use it to treat your tattoo.