Do you have a tattoo that you regret getting? If so, you're not alone. About one quarter of adults in the US have a tattoo. And, that about a quarter of people with tattoos regret them. A smaller number considers removing their tattoos and an even smaller number actually seek out tattoo removal.
If you've got ink that you wish were gone, the good news is that tattoo removal treatments have come along way in recent years. Newer lasers such as the PiQo4 can make the process quicker, more effective and less painful. Learn more about how to remove your tattoo and about the PiQo4 laser treatment.
In the past, the only way that you could get rid of an unwanted tattoo was to cover it up with makeup or hide it underneath layers of clothing. Then laser tattoo removal arrived on the scene. In the earliest days, laser tattoo removal was helpful but not the most promising thing when it came to actually getting rid of a tattoo.
It worked best on dark colors, such as black ink, so people who decided to get tattoos with colors such as yellow or green were out of luck. The skin type of the patient, the size of the tattoo and its age also influenced how effective laser tattoo removal was as well as how long the entire process took.
Another issue with earlier forms of tattoo removal was that the lasers could change the color of the skin around the tattoo. Some people ended up with darkening of the skin near the old tattoo, while others had lightening of the skin.
Older laser treatments often required more sessions and longer wait times between sessions because the lasers didn't effectively break down the tattoo pigment. It also took longer for the body to flush away the damaged pigment particles.
Changes in laser technology mean that laser tattoo removal is more effective and more efficient than before. While older methods operated on just one or two wavelengths, the PiQ04 laser uses four. That means it is able to remove a greater range of colors from the skin, from black and other dark inks to yellows and light colored inks.
Another benefit of the PiQ04 laser compared to older methods is that the laser itself treats a larger area all at once. That means that more of the tattoo can be removed in a single treatment session, reducing the time it takes to eliminate or significantly fade the tattoo.
The laser also breaks the tattoo pigment down into finer particles, so that the body has an easier time clearing away the pigment.
Each treatment session with the PiQ04 laser takes about 20 minutes or less. You'll be able to go back to your regular life after each session. While you won't have downtime, you might notice that the treated area feels a bit warm and looks a bit red for a few hours afterward. Any side effects usually fade away pretty quickly, though.
Although PiQo4 laser treatment for tattoo removal might offer several benefits over older laser removal methods, it's not the right option for every person with an unwanted tattoo. If you have a history of keloid scarring, this might not be the option for you. It's also worth pointing out that your results might vary from someone else's. It all depends on the size of the tattoo, the colors used and how many treatment sessions you are able to commit to.
While you might see tattoo removal on offer at beauty spas and salons, this is a treatment you want to see a doctor or surgeon for. A plastic surgeon with knowledge of the PiQ04 laser and experience performing the treatment for tattoo removal can give you a good idea of how many sessions you'll need and whether that particular laser is the right choice for you.
You don't have to live with a tattoo you regret. Dr. Masri offers the state-of-the-art PiQo4 laser to patients at his practices in Birmingham and Dearborn, Michigan. To schedule a consultation with the Masri Clinic and learn more about modern-day tattoo removal, call (866) 487-3223.