5269 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA, United States 757-560-7526
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Hampton Road's Resistant Ink Specialist
5269 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser Tattoo Removal is an FDA approved process for the fading, editing or removal of tattoos, SAFELY & EFFECTIVELY. Laser energy is attracted to the color pigments in tattoo ink, different wavelengths are attracted to different colors of ink which is why it is important to insure that your laser tattoo removal provider has the appropriate technology to address your individual needs. When the laser is pulsed over the area that you want removed/faded the energy from the laser shatters the ink pigment into smaller particles that are more easily picked up by your body's immune system. Your immune system already recognizes tattoo ink as a "foreign invader" and is constantly attacking it but the ink particles are too large for the ink to be effective. You may have noticed over time that your ink is not as vibrant or seems to have faded over time without laser treatments and that is just evidence of your body's immune system in action. With the help of laser shattering the ink into small enough particles your body is able to absorb and discard the tattoo ink over a series of treatments until it is completely gone or faded according to your desire.
There are many factors that come into play regarding choosing the appropriate laser for tattoo removal. Not all lasers are created equally, not all lasers are designed for tattoo removal and not all lasers are manufactured to provide the best delivery energy needed to be safe and effective. In addition, a laser that is not appropriately maintained, regardless of the quality of the laser, will not be effective. You can trust that at D' Inked Laser Tattoo Removal, our laser is maintained above and beyond industry suggestions and standard. The slightest "off" can disrupt a laser's ability to perform at it's peak potential and our intent is to insure that you get the most effective treatment, the safest treatment and the most comfortable treatment available. Years of research, market study and education went into the choice we made regarding our system and we are proud to offer you the best.
D' Inked is the only provider in Hampton Roads that has the platform system with three separate, true wavelengths to cover the spectrum of ink colors. Black and red ink are typically the easiest colors to remove and most Q-Switched lasers can be effective over time at removal of these colors. Green and blue inks are regarded by most to be the most difficult, that is due to the wavelength required to be effective on these colors not being available on other laser systems. Some other systems have dye handpieces that attach to the system to attempt to provide effective removal, however, our system includes the most effective true wavelength to tackle blue and green.
In addition to all the mechanics that go into providing a strong, effective laser, the manner in which that energy is delivered is important as well. Our system utilizes a unique delivery of the energy to your skin so that it is equally distributed over the target. Equal distribution of the energy across the target not only provides a better result but helps to maintain the integrity of your skin avoiding "hot spots" or too much energy in one place versus even distribution over the whole.
Regardless of the choice you make in where you have your laser tattoo removal treatment performed, do your due diligence to insure that you are being treated with appropriate equipment by an appropriately trained laser technician.
The History of Tattoo Removal
The history of tattoos is nearly as long as history itself ranging from dots thought to be a form of healing to more elaborate decoration inspired by everything from war to animals and even Samuri warriors "replaced" their armor with tattoos to show their royalty status after being forced to disband and burn their armor. Tattoos have been used for everything from marking slaves and criminals, marking the status of both men and women, as a form of punishment, medical treatment and even Kings.
If I had a dollar for every client that came in with "It's either this or I'm cutting my finger off" I could at least take a very indulgent vacation quarterly! Prior to laser tattoo removal the only methods available were almost as extreme as cutting off a digit. Dermabrasion (derm=skin, abrasion=pain & scaring) understanding that the reason tattoos are permanent and not shed as our skin does constantly, tattoo ink is injected into the dermis, which is under the skin you see so in order for there to be enough "abrasion" to reach the ink....if your imagination hasn't taken over already, a bloody, painful mess that would obviously have potential for infection and undoubtedly severe scaring. TCA (acid), Salbrasion (using salt to break through to the dermis) and excision (literally cutting the tattoo out of the skin surgically). Here's my favorite; injecting things such as wine, garlic and hold on to your lunch....pigeon poop into your body to eliminate tattoo ink. All of these methods put the surrounding tissues ~skin~ at risk and lead to scaring, infection and sometimes even death. Tattoo regret obviously is not a new concept.
Other methods, both professional and even less than professional have surfaced as well. Carbon Dioxide Lasers were used in the late 70's but that technology is now outdated, thankfully, as it was extremely painful. Tattoo Removal Creams found on the internet and low and even high prices are a waste of time and money. Creams, obviously, must be applied topically and your tattoo ink, although it appears to be on top of your skin (epidermis) is within the dermis and for a cream to reach the dermis and cause change to the ink is impossible. Less than "professional" techniques have been using sandpaper and welding torches for removal of tattoos. I am certain I do not need to cover the potential problems associated with these methods.
Injectable tattoo removal (Tattoo Vanish, Tatt2Away, ink eraser) is similar to getting a tattoo in that an instrument similar to a tattoo gun is used to inject a fluid into the skin to remove the ink. This is NOT an FDA approved process nor is the "fluid" that is injected into the body approved by the FDA. The treated area sloughs off a piece of dead tissue from the surface of the skin and over several months of healing the ink pigment is removed. The process also requires several treatments and the healing time includes scabbing, treated areas that are red and raised months after treatment. My experience with people who have had this procedure have been left with hyper pigmentation (darkening of the skin), hypopigmentation (permanent lightening of the skin), phantom tattoos and even keloid like scaring. These effects are often permanent and untreatable. In addition, the skin is scared and ineligible for further tattooing if the plan was for a cover-up.
Q-Switched Lasers started being used in the 1990's and finally offered a solution for unwanted ink. The delivery of the energy is unique to tattoo pigment that Q-Switching provides to get a lot of energy to a very small particle to damage that particle without doing damage to the surrounding area. Q-Switched lasers are different from other types of lasers and are not used for hair removal or other aesthetic services as well as other lasers should not be used for tattoo removal.