Pro Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal can be an effective way to lighten, and in some cases, completely eliminate unwanted tattoos. Graham Plastic Surgery uses an advanced Q-switched Yag laser to remove both dark and vibrant colored tattoos. The Pro portion of the Pro Laser procedure is our exclusive method of adding PRO-NOX™ nitrous oxide therapy to your treatment. This safe mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen helps alleviate any pain or anxiety involved with the procedure. It is completely safe and wears off in minutes, allowing you to drive to and from your appointment. The nitrous oxide is completely optional, but why experience unnecessary pain if you don’t have to?
How Does Pro Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
Laser tattoo removal involves using laser light to target the different pigments located within tattoo ink. By targeting the specifice wavelength absorbed by tatto pigment the Q-switched laser “fragments” the ink into particles small enough to be removed by the body. Our lasers utilize a 1064 nm wavelength laser to reduce/remove dark inks and a 532 nm wavelength laser to remove vibrant inks.
The Pro Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure
You will arrive at Graham Plastic Surgery and have a full skin assessment by one of our registered aesthetic nurses. You will express your concerns and a full treatment plan tailored to your needs will be developed. You can then schedule your laser tattoo removal procedure. On the day of your procedure you will be ushered into one of our clean and state of the art treatment rooms. You will then be given optional PRO-NOX™nitrous oxide therapy to assist with any pain and anxiety you may experience during the procedure. You will be given eyewear and your treatment will begin. Total treatment time depends on area treated, but average treatment times are 15-60 minutes.
Pro Laser Skin Resurfacing Frequently Asked Questions
Possible pro laser tattoo side effects include:
- Mild swelling and redness
- Color change of skin
- Temporary irritation resulting in blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture
- Smoke inhalation(mild)
- Visible skin patterns
- Distortion of anatomy
- Damage of skin
BEFORE THE TREATMENT:
Discuss and disclose any healing disorders such as caused by diabetes mellitus, connective tissue disease or radiation/ chemotherapy.
Discuss and disclose if there is an active infection or history of herpes simplex of the lips, mouth or face.
Do not proceed with the Laser treatment if the patient is pregnant or breast feeding.
Discuss and disclose allergies to topical anesthetics, antibiotics, or other medications.
Do not proceed with the treatment if Isotretinoin (Accutane) has been used within the past 12 months.
Discuss the history of any hypertrophic scarring or keloid formations or other skin diseases.
Avoid sun exposure including tanning beds for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after the treatment.
A cold compress can be applied for 10-15 minutes prior to the treatment.
Avoid pain medication such as Motrin, Aleve and aspirin 3 to 7 days prior to the treatment.
BEFORE FOLLOW-UP TREATMENTS:
Disclose any new medications you may begin using during your treatment program.
Treatments cannot be performed on areas with a suntan or sunburn. Avoid direct exposure to the sun, tanning beds 4 weeks prior to treatment. A broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF
Laser skin resurfacing patients have minimal pain. The Rohrer Laser has a cooling device to maximize patient comfort. In addition, unlike a hair salon and unique to a medical practice, Graham Plastic Surgery is able to offer Pro-Nox nitrous oxide as well as strong topical and local anesthetics as a treatment to relieve pain and anxiety associated with the procedure.
Expectations Following Treatment
Mild erythema (redness) will be present in the treatment area and can last from a few hours up to a few days. Treatment areas almost always become erythematous. Immediately following the procedure, patients will experience a mild sunburn sensation that may include some mild discomfort. Most patients do not feel any significant discomfort, however, an ice pack (not direct ice) maybe applied to help soothe areas with discomfort.
A cooling lotion or soothing gel may be used after tattoo removal treatments.
It is important to protect your skin from environmental elements; therefore, a lotion with a SPF protection of at least 30 should be used daily.
On completion of a tattoo removal treatment, patients may experience minor discomfort, redness, and/or blistering. This discomfort will subside quickly. However, the redness will last for 24-48 hours.
Once the redness is gone the treated area will look like the way it did prior to treatment. Pinpoint bleeding may also occur.
Patients may wash the treated area as normal.
It is recommended that the treated area be coved with an antibiotic ointment for 1-week.
The body will absorb the broken-up ink and the area should be retreated every 9-weeks..
Multiple treatments may be required to achieve the desired result.
Proper skin care is important to protect the new refreshed skin. Your physician will discuss a proper skincare regimen following your tattoo removal treatment.
Clean the treated area daily with a mild cleanser. Apply a thin layer of mild moisturizer to the area several times a day until evidence of dryness, blistering or swelling has dissipated.
Shower as usual but be aware that the treated area may be a little temperature sensitive.
Avoid chlorine, hot tubs and swimming pools during the treatment program.
Avoid direct contact in the sun during your treatment program. Always use a topical sun protection of SPF 30.
Avoid the use of exfoliants, loofah sponges and aggressive scrubbing to the treated areas.
Avoid exposure to the sun and tanning beds for 30 days prior to the treatment.
Do not rub, scratch or pick at the treated area. Treat the area gently. Pat skin dry after bathing or showering. An antibiotic ointment such as Bacitracin may be applied. Neosporin and Polysporin are not recommended.
Makeup may be applied over the treated area 24 hours after the treatment
Avoid shaving the treated area for 48-hours after the procedure.
If patients have any questions, please call our office.
Calm comfort is the number one benefit, but PRO-NOX™ offers a number of advantages:
- Time-tested for a wide range of procedures
- Patient control allows immediate response to pain and anxiety
- Takes effect in seconds
- Short recovery time with minimal side effects
- Safe for the duration of any procedure
PRO-NOX™ clears from the body in just minutes, allowing you to get on with your life as usual. The gas remains in the body for only about five minutes, so patients can even safely drive home after having PRO-NOX™.
Graham Plastic Surgery is a plastic surgery practice. As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Graham adheres to the highest standards in safety and efficacy. We take pride in understanding the anatomy and physiology of hair growth and distribution. We also fully understand laser technology and physiology. There is no better facility to get a laser procedure.
The recovery time after the tattoo removal treatment is minimal. You will experience itching, peeling, and some blistering at the treatment site.
The price for laser tattoo removal can vary greatly. Our everyday laser tattoo removal price is always fair and transparent. You can see Dr. Graham’s laser tattoo removal pricing here.