20 Feb

Regretting That Tattoo? There’s a Way Out

Tattoos are body art expression at its best, and many people endure the pain of a tattoo in order to boast a meaningful tattoo that they hope will last a lifetime. Others begin to regret their tattoos and wish that there was a way to escape their own skin. Some tattoos become sources of embarrassment, many lose their shape and color with time, and others hold people back from gaining employment. Fortunately, technology is now so advanced that removing a tattoo with a laser is no more difficult than removing sunspots and lesions.

The Palomar Q-Yag 5 Laser System

In the past, tattoo removal was an incredibly painful and unreliable process. It was seldom used unless needed in an emergency since the process could damage the patient’s skin. All of this changed when laser systems made their debut in the medical world. Back in February 2001, the Palomar Q-Yag 5 Laser System was cleared by the FDA for tattoo removal, and since then tattoo removal has been made widely accessible to anybody looking to remove that permanent ink.

The Palomar Q-Yag 5 searches for contrasting pigmentation between the tattoo ink and skin tone. It then uses intense pulses of heat energy to shatter the ink into tiny particles. Over time, the lymphatic system absorbs the small particles of ink and filters them out of the body. Despite the efficiency of this laser system, tattoo removal does not occur in just one appointment. Most patients need multiple sessions, spaced about 8 weeks apart, to completely remove their tattoos.

As with most cosmetic procedures, skin tone plays a large role in the speed of tattoo removal, as patients with lighter skin usually don’t require as many sessions as patients with darker skin. The size and color of the tattoo is also an important consideration, since gray and black tattoos can be removed easier than color versions.

Midwest Aesthetics Center in Kansas City, Missouri utilizes the Palomar Q-Yag 5 with precision and expertise, so give them a call today at 913-327-7175 to finally remove your bothersome tattoo and embrace clear skin once again.