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laser tattoo removal in Santa Rosa

Tattoo Regrets? Get Laser Tattoo Removal in Santa Rosa

Uncategorized / January 31, 2022

Tattoos can be beautiful works of art and meaningful personal mementos. Humans have been tattooing themselves since the 3rd century BC! For some of us, though, those tattoos end up as ugly, misspelled, or poorly done memories of bad decisions. Studies suggest nearly a third of people who get inked end up regretting it. Some people choose to cover their bad tattoos with better ones, but that isn’t always an option. If you want to replace that regretted tattoo with clear new skin, laser tattoo removal in Santa Rosa from the experts at Allegro Medspa is the trusted solution you can count on. 

Breakthroughs in tattoo removal technology made it possible to lighten and potentially remove the undesired tattoo in its entirety. Our experienced aesthetic team provides tattoo removal with the state-of-the-art PicoWay laser system. This laser energy device is known to yield better results than previous tattoo removal systems and might require fewer treatments.

Laser tattoo removal with the PicoWay system

Nearly 20% of Americans have more than one tattoo and their popularity seems to grow all of the time. What were once seen as “unprofessional” are now widely celebrated for the artistry, creativity, and personality they display. They are, of course, one of the most permanent ways of altering your body, which comes with risks. That said, advances in laser technology have made laser tattoo removal or revision more accessible and effective than ever before.

The PicoWay system is a high-power laser with ultra-short pulses that shatters tattoo ink while leaving the outer layer of the skin intact. The PicoWay laser treats a wide range of tattoo colors across a broad range of skin types. Over a series of brief treatments, the PicoWay laser can eliminate most tattoos. That’s why the PicoWay laser is the tattoo removal laser of choice by Removery, the nation’s leading tattoo removal provider.

Most experts consider laser removal to be the most successful and cost-effective way to remove tattoos. Often, lasers don’t completely remove a tattoo. Instead, they significantly lighten or fade the ink in the dermis so it is significantly less noticeable. Many patients are happy with their skin 99% cleared, while others look to fade away their unwanted tattoo to make room for a new one that may have been too difficult as a cover up.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment colors with a high-intensity light beam. Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, making it the easiest color to treat. Other colors can only be treated by selected lasers based upon the pigment color. The number of treatments you will need will depend on the age, size, and color(s) of your tattoo. The color of your skin, as well as how deep the tattoo pigment goes, will also affect the removal technique.

The PicoWay laser is the industry standard for tattoo removal and other aesthetic treatments. It uses PhotoAcoustic Technology to shatter the target molecules, including tattoo pigments, without damaging the surrounding skin. The PicoWay uses the flat-top beam profile to evenly disperse energy, reducing the chance of injury to the skin. In addition, this laser has the ability to do full color spectrum tattoo removal due to the wavelengths available; 1064, 532, and 785. Traditionally, laser tattoo removal has been most effective on black and blue inks while light greens, yellows, and teal colors resisted the laser energy. 

This laser is more efficient and powerful than early models and uses picosecond pulse dispersion, making treatment powerful, extremely effective, and safe for all skin types. The PicoWay is an excellent choice for treatment and has been clinically tested and refined.

How painful is laser tattoo removal?

Most patients who come to Allegro Medspa for laser tattoo removal in Santa Rosa find the treatment’s pain similar to getting the tattoo initially. Your laser tattoo removal technician does apply a numbing cream to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the treatment. Also keep in mind that while a tattoo can take several hours to complete, laser tattoo removal treatments take only minutes. 

Are older tattoos easier to remove?

Tattoos fade naturally over time (never enough to disappear), so typically older tattoos take fewer treatments to satisfactorily clear up. The power and efficiency of the PicoWay laser system means we can treat newer tattoos as well, but older tattoos are more likely to thoroughly disappear. 

Ideal candidates for laser tattoo removal

There are several factors that might increase the success of your removal procedure. Fitting candidates for this procedure:

  • Have strong immune systems: A strong immune system assists in the body’s ability to dispose of the broken-down ink properties
  • Are in good overall health: Not smoking and eating a well-balanced diet aid the body’s immune system in performing at full capacity
  • Have a great contrast between the color of the ink and the pigment of the skin: Greater contrasts yield greater results

What to expect during your laser tattoo removal treatment in Santa Rosa

Once we determine your skin to be ideal for laser tattoo removal, we will prep the treatment area with careful cleansing and the application of numbing cream. We pass the PicoWay laser handpiece over the surface of the skin as it emits laser light and pulsing energy. The treatment time varies depending on the size of the tattoo. 

In certain situations, the tattoo will require a number of treatments before you may notice visible results. This will all be discussed with you during your consultation. With the PicoWay laser system, we can remove an unwanted tattoo with up to 50% fewer treatments than the old Q-Switched Laser Technology.

After Treatment

At the end of each treatment, an ointment will be applied to your treated skin along with bandages to help protect the area. It is important to precisely follow aftercare instructions to expedite the healing process.

Side Effects

You may notice redness, swelling, and sensitivity in the treated area. You might also feel a sunburned sensation followed by a slight scabbing. This is considered normal and part of the healing process. 

Follow up

After the area has healed, your next session is scheduled. It is not recommended to schedule sessions sooner than 4–7 weeks apart to ensure skin’s continued health and to minimize chance of scarring.

Is laser tattoo removal safe?

Laser treatment is often safer than many other tattoo removal methods, such as excision, dermabrasion, or salabrasion. Salabrasion is considered extremely dangerous and involves the use of salt to abrade the skin until the epidermis is gone in an attempt to remove pigment. Like all at-home tattoo removal “hacks,” not only does salabrasion not work, it can lead to extreme pain, scarring, and infection. 

Excision, as you can imagine, involves a surgeon using a scalpel to remove the tattoo from your skin and then suturing the area closed. This extremely invasive procedure may remove the tattoo, but it also leaves scarring and may be impossible depending on the size and placement of the tattoo. 

Because laser treatment selectively treats the pigment in the tattoo. And there are very few side effects. However, you should consider these factors in your decision:

  • Your tattoo removal site is at risk for infection and there is a slight chance that you will have a permanent scar
  • Certain tattoo pigments don’t respond as well and faint color may be left behind after treatments
  • Some patients experience the treated skin temporarily appearing more pale or more tan than surrounding skin

Can laser tattoo removal revise a tattoo?

Because tattoos are so personal, many people end up with a design they love except for one or two details. It may be a person’s name, or even just a few lines that didn’t come out as well in the tattoo lettering. The targeted nature of laser tattoo removal allows us to remove a specific section of a tattoo, so you can keep the design you love and easily have your tattoo artist revise the removed section. 

Tattoo revision has traditionally required large, carefully designed and colored cover-up tattoos. Those often would still show parts of the original tattoo through. With thorough tattoo revision using laser tattoo removal on the unwanted section, however, you give yourself far more control over the end product.

Schedule laser tattoo removal in Santa Rosa

Schedule a consultation at Allegro MedSpa of Santa Rosa to find out more about how we can fade your unwanted tattoo with the PicoWay laser system. Our team of friendly experts is here to help with all of your aesthetic needs, from body contouring to skin rejuvenation to injections and beyond!

We are here to help fulfill your medical spa needs. Give us a call at (707) 537.2123 or get started with a virtual consultation. Don’t forget; you can always shop online for skincare products! We carry Obagi, Alastin, SkinBetter, SkinMedica, and more trusted, effective brands. 

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