5 Promising Laser Tattoo Removal Results After First Treatment

Laser tattoo removal takes time. It’s a hard truth, especially if you’re stuck with a tattoo on your body that you hate and you’re ready to get rid of it…yesterday. Removing tattoos is potentially very painful (unless the clinic you are at uses lidocaine) and most tattoos take 3-6 sessions for a complete removal, but some promising laser tattoo removal results can be seen after the first treatment. If you’re just looking for your tattoo to be lightened enough for a cover-up, then, depending on the depth, age and color of your tattoo, you may be happy with the laser tattoo removal results after your first treatment.

At The Untattoo Parlor, we specialize in laser tattoo removal, using advanced Picosecond laser technology for the fastest and most effective laser removal possible. This laser technology fades tattoos quickly for some of the best laser tattoo removal results after first treatment.

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Check out our full gallery of tattoo removal before and after images to see the complete journey from first session to a complete tattoo removal.

Can Permanent Makeup Be Removed?

Every few years there seems to be a resurgence of permanent makeup tattoos. While it seems like a great idea on the surface (who doesn’t want to look their best all the time), permanent makeup comes with a very real commitment and some very serious consequences for those with a change of heart. Like other tattoos, cosmetic tattoos are a permanent body modification. Ink inserted under the skin can only be removed through a few methods and not all of them are great options, especially when it comes to the delicate skin on your lips, eyes, eyebrows and face. Many of the options available for tattoo removal simply aren’t suitable for permanent makeup removal, and, as a result, many people opt to get cover-up tattoos, which can result in even further issues resulting from poor application and fading.

Hate Your Permanent Makeup? There’s Hope!

If you have tattooed eyebrows, permanent lip-liner or any other cosmetic tattoo that you hate, you may be asking the question, “Can permanent makeup be removed?”. The answer is yes. There’s hope to get your beautiful natural face back!

The best method for removing permanent makeup is modern laser tattoo removal technology. Choosing a clinic which specializes in permanent and cosmetic makeup removal is important. While the processes of both tattoo removal and permanent makeup removal are very similar, special care and technology must be used in order to protect the delicate area around your eyes and mouth.

Now that you have hope that, yes, permanent makeup can be removed, you may be eager and very ready to jump right in. Before you do that, there are some questions you should ask before deciding to get a permanent makeup removal procedure:

  • Are you a board-certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or ophthalmologist with laser tattoo removal experience?
  • Do you have a large number of cosmetic tattoo removal procedures in your bank of experience already?
  • Can you connect me to previous patients who have undergone the treatment who would be willing to speak to me?

The Untattoo Parlor has extensive experience working with patients to remove all forms of cosmetic makeup. Dr. Garrett Vangelisti is a board-certified plastic surgeon and specializes in tattoo removal in Portland Oregon.

What Is The Most Effective Tattoo Removal Method?

There are a few different options out there for removing your unwanted tattoos, ranging from the cringe-worthy to the clinical. The internet is full of at-home tattoo removal techniques, and tips to make your tattoos fade. And while some of these techniques may provide results, the honest truth is that not all of them are equally as effective.

Processes such as dermabrasion and salabrasion, remove tattoos by sanding down or removing the top layer of tattooed skin. This is somewhat effective in that it literally removes the tattoo along with the skin, but it also takes quite a few repeated sessions (more than necessary for effective laser tattoo removal) and often leaves a scar behind after the skin heals. Other potential at home tattoo removal options include tattoo removal creams and natural topical applications, which provide varied results, but are often more effective at fading rather than eliminating the tattoo altogether.

So, what is the most effective tattoo removal method?

If you want the most effective tattoo removal experience, we highly recommend going to a professional clinic that uses a tattoo removal laser for your tattoo removal needs. We have to mention that not all tattoo removal lasers are made equal, however. Older-style Q-Switch lasers function in nanoseconds, whereas picosecond lasers function at picosecond speeds and are faster and more effective, delivering pulses of light at a trillionth of a second. This difference in speed is what makes the picosecond laser the most effective tattoo removal method, by breaking up the pigment in the tattooed skin faster and into smaller particles that can be removed by the body more quickly.

At The UnTattoo Parlor, we use two different picosecond lasers, the Enlighten Cutera and a PicoSure laser, to eliminate all ink colors from your tattoo. This is the most comprehensive combination of lasers, tools and talent for tattoo removal in Oregon.

Does Pain-Free Tattoo Removal Exist?

There’s a lot of unnecessary fear surrounding laser tattoo removal. One of the biggest deterrents people hear before getting a new tattoo is how much it will hurt to get it removed if you ever decide you don’t like it anymore. While that fear is valid, it’s based on traditional tattoo removal methods that don’t take advantage of modern forms of pain reduction. Isn’t it a relief to know that, if pain is your main deterrent for finally getting that tattoo removed, there are actually pain free tattoo removal options?

The UnTattoo Parlor is staffed with trained, licensed and registered nurses and a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. This allows us to provide nothing but the best and least painful tattoo removal treatment in Portland, OR. We offer lidocaine shots before the application of the tattoo removal laser, which numbs the skin and allows for a nearly pain free tattoo removal process. So, if that tattoo isn’t right for you anymore, don’t let the fear of pain be a deterrent from changing your ink.

5 Reasons You May Need To Seek Professional Tattoo Removal Services

If you are one of the 17% of people (according to statisticbrain.com) who have regrets after getting a tattoo, you might be ready to explore professional tattoo removal options.

While there are a few at-home tattoo removal options circulating the web, we highly recommend visiting a parlor for a professional tattoo removal consultation and session. You will not only have a better experience than other options for tattoo removal, but you’ll receive better results at a faster speed.

Here are our top 5 reasons why you should seek professional tattoo removal services:

1. Professional Tattoo Removal is Faster

Because of the way that tattoo pigments are processed by the body, pigment particles must be broken up into pieces small enough for the immune system to engulf and remove through the liver. Where tattoo removal creams and other topical applications might slowly fade the tattoo and surrounding skin, professional tattoo removal lasers get right to the source by breaking the particles up with nanosecond bursts of light. This makes the tattoo fade faster than any topical or cream treatment could ever do.

2. There’s a Reduced Chance of Scarring

Some other tattoo removal methods include dermabrasion, salabrasion and excision, all of which are painful and expensive procedures requiring a fair amount of healing time with a high chance of scarring. Whereas, professional tattoo removal lasers target only tattooed skin, breaking up pigments while leaving the skin around it alone.

3. Get the Safest Treatment From Medical Professionals

When you go to a professional tattoo removal shop, like The UnTattoo Parlor, you get the benefit of a medically trained staff. The process of removing a tattoo, even when using professional tattoo removal lasers, is taxing on the body so it’s important to be in the presence of medical professionals who can take your medical history and provide the best care for your skin before and after treatment.

4. Lasers are More Effective at Eliminating All Colors of Ink

Some pigments are more difficult to remove from the skin than others. Professional tattoo removal lasers run on specific bandwidths of light which target particular colors, and help to break up the green and blue pigments that are notoriously difficult. At The UnTattoo Parlor, we use two lasers specifically chosen to target the broadest range of ink colors.

5. You’ll Receive the Least Painful Treatment

Non-professional tattoo removal options like dermabrasion and excision require removal or partial destruction of the tattooed skin, which can be pretty painful and require a lot of healing time. When getting professional tattoo removal services, some people experience pain, but having a physician on staff allows us to offer local anesthetic to make your experience pain-free!

Before and After Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is a relatively carefree affair. It’s an outpatient procedure performed with a local anesthesia. We remove tattoos quickly and painlessly in the comfortable atmosphere of our Pearl District office.

Many people find going to the dentist more stressful than having a tattoo removed by laser. That said, knowing what to do before and after laser tattoo removal can keep you more comfortable.

How Laser Removal Works

We like to get to know clients before a procedure. Schedule a consultation. We’ll meet, evaluate your tattoo and let you know what to expect from treatments. After the consultation, if you’re ready to move forward, you can schedule an appointment. For a small tattoo, we sometimes complete a treatment at the end of the consultation.

Before a laser treatment, we numb the skin with an anesthetic. We remove tattoos with a Cutera Enlighten and a CynoSure PicoSure laser. These lasers break up the ink.

We have had success eradicating many colors including some shades of green with our Enlighten. With the recent purchase of the Picosure 755 laser, we’re ready to work on a greater range of colors, including green.

In the weeks after your treatment, the tattoo will fade as your body rids itself of the ink fragments. You may need several appointments if your tattoo is large or densely colored.

How to Prepare for Tattoo Laser Removal

Prepare for your appointment by being well rested, nourished and hydrated. Here are some additional tips:

Do’s

  • Get a goodnight’s rest the day before the treatment.
  • Cancel the procedure if you become ill.
  • Come to the appointment wearing comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the tattoo and won’t chafe the site after the procedure.
  • Tell us about any medical concerns. Let us know if your health changes between appointments.
  • Tell us if you’re pregnant or nursing.
  • Before an appointment, inform us if you have cold sores or herpes. We’ll prescribe an antiviral medication if you need one. Take the medication according to instructions before the appointment.
  • Bring a friend with you for support if you like.

Don’ts

  • Don’t expose your tattoo to the sun, use self-tanners, spray tans and tanning beds for four weeks prior to laser removal.
  • Don’t wax or use a depilatory for 1-2 weeks before a treatment. Avoid skin irritants.
  • Don’t engage in overly strenuous activity before a procedure. Feeling rested is important to recovery.

Taking Care of Yourself After Laser Tattoo Removal

You can return to your regular routine after laser tattoo removal. The one caveat is that you should allow yourself time to rest and recover. Keep your schedule and activity level light for a day or two after a procedure.

The tattoo site may swell and skin may feel irritated. Here’s what you need to do to speed your recovery.

Do’s

  • Stay hydrated and eat healthily. The stress associated with laser removal is akin to a strenuous workout or tough day at work. Take it easy while you heal.
  • Shower or bathe as usual.
  • Exercise as usual, but go easy for a day or two.
  • Wear clothing that won’t rub or put pressure on the tattoo site.
  • Use broad spectrum sunscreen or protect the site with UV clothing.
  • Let us know if you are concerned about swelling, blistering or bruising. While these symptoms are common, contact us if you have questions.

Don’ts

  • Don’t use a hot tub, sauna or spend time in other hot environments for 1-2 days after a treatment
  • Don’t expose the site to the sun.
  • Don’t engage in vigorous activity immediately after an appointment.
  • Don’t pick at the treated area.
  • Don’t use Neosporin on the area. Bacitracin is our recommendation should you need an antibacterial ointment.
  • In a day or two following a treatment, don’t use topical treatments containing retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic or salicylic acids and astringents.

We’ll remind you of these dos and don’ts during your appointments. Larger, more densely inked tattoos require more extensive treatment and longer recovery times. However, in general, tattoo laser removal is relatively straightforward. Most people experience only minor soreness and irritation.

The medically certified staff at the Untattoo Parlor effectively removes tattoos. Contact us for a free consultation.

Laser Tattoo Removal and Melanoma

At The UnTattoo Parlor, we are frequently asked how the process of tattoo removal can either help or hurt screening for Melanoma.

What is Melanoma and how can we get it?

Melanoma is commonly thought of as a pigmented lesion of the skin that can result in disfiguring excisions, metastatic disease, and on occasion death. Many may not know that melanoma can also occur on mucosal surfaces such as the intestines and even in the eyes. Risk factors for melanoma include fair skin, a history of sun exposure (for example severe sunburns in childhood), a family history of melanoma, and rare genetic disorders such as xeroderma pigmentosum. Melanomas can also appear on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet (some may know that Bob Marley died of melanoma that originated on the sole of his foot).

A diagnosis of melanoma can only be made by obtaining tissue that can then be examined by a pathologist. The prognosis or expected long-term outcome of melanoma is directly related to the depth that the malignant melanoma invades the dermis. The deeper the invasion the more likely for metastasis and a poor outcome. As with any malignancy the earlier the diagnosis the better the prognosis.

If I have had or think I might have Melanoma, is it safe to undergo laser tattoo removal?

Individuals diagnosed with Melanoma in the past or think you may have Melanoma it is best to consult with a licensed dermatologist before undergoing laser tattoo removal. The laser used to treat tattoo pigment also has the potential to lighten pigmented lesions which can sometimes indicate the presence of Melanoma. If your doctor cannot see the Melanoma it can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages when the survival rate is highest. If you are at high risk for Melanoma many doctors will recommend that you hold off on getting tattooed. If you already have tattoos, the safest course of action is to keep your tattoos and get regular check-ups from a physician trained in melanoma screening. Dermoscopy and photo mapping are often used to screen and follow patients at risk for melanoma.

Melanoma self-screening Guide

A – Asymmetrical Shape
Melanoma lesions are often irregular, or not symmetrical, in shape. Benign moles are usually symmetrical.

B – Border
Typically, non-cancerous moles have smooth, even borders. Melanoma lesions usually have irregular borders that are difficult to define.

C – Color
The presence of more than one color (blue, black, brown, tan, etc.) or the uneven distribution of color can sometimes be a warning sign of melanoma. Benign moles are usually a single shade of brown or tan.

D – Diameter
Melanoma lesions are often greater than 6 millimeters in diameter (approximately the size of a pencil eraser).

If you exhibit any of the above signs consult a physician right away. See the links below for more information:

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/index

http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/ask-the-experts/are-there-skin-risks-associated-with-tattoos

http://www.nccn.org/patients/guidelines/melanoma/

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/tattoos-moles-and-melanoma-201308056578