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So, you’ve finally made the decision to get rid of that unwanted tattoo – and about time! Whether you’re worried about the impression it could give to future employers, you’ve outgrown it, or just don’t want the constant reminder of a permanent mark on your skin, Mark Bishara MD at The Paragon Medspa can help. Want to know how?
Laser Tattoo Removal – How Does it Work?
The procedure itself is mildly painful here’s how it works: the laser produces short pulses of light which pass effortlessly through the top layers of your skin to be absorbed by the tattoo pigment. The energy produced by the laser causes the tattoo pigment to break up into smaller particles which are then removed by your own body’s immune system – cool, huh?
Much research has gone into which wavelengths of light are most effective in delivering the laser’s output to remove tattoos, and this is done without risk to the surrounding skin.
Black is the easiest color to remove, as black pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths. Colors hardest to remove, for example, green, selectively absorb laser light, meaning they can only be treated by selected lasers based on the correct pigment color.
Once the pulses of light target the affected area and break up the pigment of the tattoo, the body’s scavenger cells are left to their own devices to remove pigment residues over the following few weeks.
Does it Hurt?
Unfortunately, laser tattoo removal can hurt, but if you’ve already gone through the procedure of having a tattoo, you won’t be a stranger to the discomfort involved. The laser can feel similar to getting your skin snapped by a rubber band – it varies from person to person.
When preparing for laser tattoo removal, doctors usually recommend taking non-aspirin products (such as Tylenol) which are generally used for minor aches and pains, prior to the treatment being carried out. This is because aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (for example, Ibuprofen) can cause bruising on the affected areas after treatment.
Anaesthetic cream may also be applied one hour before the laser tattoo removal session, and must be wiped off immediately before the laser surgery begins. Another option for this is to have a local anaesthetic injected into your tattoo before the laser therapy.
How Long Does it Take?
Although the procedure only takes a matter of minutes, usually more than one treatment is needed to remove an entire tattoo, depends on the amount and type of ink, and how deeply it was injected. Treatments are usually carried out over three-week intervals to allow for the pigment residue to be absorbed by the body.
These are rare in laser tattoo removal, but can include hyperpigmentation, or an abundance of color around the treatment area. There’s only a 5 per cent chance of permanent scarring, and a small risk of infection following treatment.
After your treatment, an antibacterial ointment and dressing is placed onto the area, which you should keep clean with continued application of ointment when necessary. It’s okay to wash (shower or bath) after the treatment, but do not scrub the area. Skin may feel sensitive, almost like sunburn, for a couple of days after the laser treatment, and the area may remain red for a few weeks.
Trust an Expert
An expert in laser tattoo removal, Dr Bishara is one of the nation’s most respected suppliers of cosmetic and laser surgeries, serving areas including Dallas, Arlington, Mansfield, and Forth Worth. With his help, you could make the first steps to getting rid of that unwanted tattoo, today!
Mark A Bishara, M.D., P.A. Medical Director
The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa
Tattoos have been favored by millions of Americans over the years but people’s habits change and it is estimated more than 50 percent of individuals with tattoos on them develop a tendency to reconsider tattoo removal procedures. The good news, the old and painful method of controlled surgical scraping of tattoo removal (Dermabrasion); in effect, sanding away by cutting the tattoo out and stitching the incision back together, have today been replaced by laser tattoo removal procedure. Laser tattoo removal, a recent advance in medical technology, has become the gold standard to remove unwanted tattoos.
Experts familiar with laser tattoo removal procedure are saying it is the safest and easiest way to remove unwanted tattoo. The laser technique used precisely targets the ink in the tattoo removing it with minimal side effects. The laser energy produced gently sinks through the outermost layer of the skin reaching the tattoo’s pigment, leaving the lower layers unaffected. The procedure itself is non-ablative, meaning the skin is very rarely broken minimizing the incidence of bleeding. The tattoo removal medical procedure will typically require several scheduled treatments. The dimension, thickness and location of the tattoo, the client’s health and age, will determine how much time is needed between treatments.
The Leader in Laser Treatment
The clinic of Dr. Mark A. Bishara offers a physician-controlled, state-of-the-art, laser tattoo removal therapy environment. The laser tattoo removal procedures conducted in the Bishara Cosmetic Surgery & Hair Restoration clinic are of the highest quality results seen thus far in tattoo removal treatments. Dr. Mark A. Bishara himself, an experienced and certified laser specialist, only proceeds with all procedures first by evaluating clients to determine individualized treatment plans. Dr. Bishara has the experience and knowledge his practice has picked up from treating thousands of clients which in effect does translate in his clinic providing treatments with excellent end results in tattoo removal using the latest laser technology with minimal risks.
Primarily, the health of clients is a factor. The prime health of the client supplemented by healthy eating habit is recommended during the course of treatments which will require 8 to 10 sessions scheduled 6 to 8 weeks apart. Further, limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption is recommended. Drinking large quantities of water and resting enough all constitute some of the ground rules discussed with clients at the clinic to achieve optimal laser procedure results.
Effective Pain Management Measures in Place
Unfortunately, even though tattoos are painful when they are placed on the skin and they are just as painful when they are removed, Dr. Bishara’s practice is very much concerned about the comfort of clients undergoing the procedure. As leader in laser tattoo removal treatment, Dr. Bishara’s practice endeavors to generally make lasers that generate rapid pulses which may feel different to each patient less uncomfortable. Overall, the clinic has in place effective pain management measures with its laser tattoo removal therapy, making pain and scarring very minimal with the appropriate use of topical anesthetic and Q-Switched ND-YAG lasers. The clinic also have adequate medical measures in place in managing hyper/hypo pigmentation (skin discolorations) experienced in some patients, with treatments that make them to quickly fade away.
Dr. Bishara’s niche, specializing in a wide range of cosmetic services, is restoring confidence in patients’ appearance with a combination of skilled technicians with the world’s best technology to provide the most effective, least painful, and most affordable tattoo removal. The Bishara Cosmetic Surgery & Hair Restoration clinic also provides other highly specialized cosmetic services such as removal of unwanted body hair, hair transplantation, injectable facial fillers, botox, and cosmetic surgery of face and body.
Mark A Bishara, M.D., P.A. Medical Director
Bishara Cosmetic Surgery and Hair Restoration
Bishara Cosmetic Surgery and The Paragon Med Spa 76063 serves clients from the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex:
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LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
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- The risks of tattoo removal are very minimal: The procedure is effective and safe. Side effects such as burning are minor and will resolve over time.
- Your health can make a difference: Optimal health is one way to achieve successful laser procedure results. Make sure that you are active, eating healthy, limiting alcohol and caffeine, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough rest.
- Change in skin after the procedure are temporary: Skin discolorations such as hyperpigmentation don’t last long. Be diligent with sunscreen and be patient, most of the time these problems will resolve themselves.
- Discuss Pain Management with your provider: Every person has a different tolerance for pain, so there are options to manage your pain during your procedure.
- Be patient, and expect several sessions: You will be able to see significant changes in one session, the full results will require at least 8-10 sessions. These sessions will be scheduled 6 to 8 weeks apart.
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As long as there have been tattoos in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Arlington, and Mansfield there has also been the desire to remove tattoos. Nearly 10% of adult Americans have tattoos, and nearly half of them would like to get rid of them.Tattoos have been around for a long time in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Arlington, and Read more