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Laser Tattoo Removal


Removes Colors
The PicoWay's innovative dual wavelength offers an unparalleled combination of safety, efficiency and speed of treatment.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
The laser delivers very short pulses of high intensity light into the treated area. The tattoo inks and pigments then selectively absorb the light without destroying the normal surrounding skin tissue in the process. The tattoo is dissolved into smaller ink particles that are harmlessly removed by your body's immune system in the weeks following treatment. 
How does the body remove the shattered ink?
Two key processes break up the ink - the pigment in your tattoo will absorb the energy from the laser and break apart; also, the incredibly fast pulse (picosecond) and energy of the laser will cause the ink to shatter like a sugar cube breaking apart. Once the ink is broken down by the laser, the body will respond by moving fluid to the area to help flush away the ink. This immune-response will be obvious in the form of some swelling and redness in the area. Over the next days and weeks the ink will be flushed away. This doesn't happen overnight. Removing a tattoo takes a number of sessions. 
How long does each treatment take?
Laser treatment usually does not take more than a few minutes, depending on the complexity and color(s) of the tattoo. 
What happens after each treatment?
We than apply a topical ointment and a sterile dressing. The skin site should be left dry for at least 24 hours and cared for like sunburned skin. It is important to drink extra water to speed the flushing of the ink. 
How many treatments the tattoo removal process require?
Removing a tattoo is a fading process that requires a series of treatments scheduled four to six weeks apart. Black inks usually respond more quickly than bright colors because they absorb the light better. The depth, color and amount of ink, as well as the location of the tattoo on your body are all determining factors in how long and how quickly we will be able to get your tattoo off. Most tattoos can be removed in six to twelve treatments. 
Will my tattoo be removed completely?
In most cases tattoos are completely removed. The depth, density and colors are the biggest determining factors. After each treatment a little bit more ink is fragmented a little deeper into your skin. 
Is the laser tattoo removal process painful?
Most patients say that the laser treatment feels like being snapped by a rubber band and that the discomfort is roughly equivalent to having a tattoo applied. Here at Meredith Bay Laser we make every effort on making the procedure as comfortable as possible by offering a topical anesthetic cream to help lessen the discomfort. In preparation for a laser procedure doctors recommend that non-aspirin products be used for minor pain prior to the procedure. Do not use aspirin or Ibuprofen as this can produce bruising after treatment. 
Does the laser tattoo removal process cause scarring?
The PicoWay laser is pulses so quickly (picoseconds) that it is able to dissolve the ink without destroying the live tissue in the process. Similar to running your hand over a candle very quickly, there is not enough time to burn the skin. Redness, swelling, blistering and scabbing may follow tattoo removal laser treatments.
Can I lighten an existing tattoo?
Many tattoo artists encourage customers to lighten an existing tattoo before covering it with a new one. This dramatically reduces any chance of the old tattoo appearing through the new one. In most cases, a minimum of three to six treatments is all that's required to lighten an existing tattoo. 
How much does it cost to remove a tattoo?
This depends entirely on the actual size of the tattoo being treated. Business Card Size $300. 
Is this treatment safe?
Laser treatment is a safe and effective method of removal of tattoos. It is performed by a certified technician skilled in the use of lasers.
Does my insurance pay for this?
Currently this procedure is not included as a health insurance benefit. Insurance companies consider this a cosmetic or aesthetic procedure.