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A tattoo might represent your commitment to a relationship, your lifestyle, a favorite rock band, an important philosophy, or a million other things. In any case, it makes a statement – an unchanging, permanent statement. Yet, we change, and so do our lives. Maybe that statement doesn’t apply anymore, or you no longer wish to display it. That is when it’s time to visit Dr. Bock in Stockton, Lodi, or Elk Grove.
Laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective treatment. Like any procedure, it is important to understand the facts, risks, and benefits before beginning. During your consultation we will explain the procedure in detail and happily answer your questions.
Did you know?
Tattoo regret is a common problem – About 14 percent of adults with tattoos regret their body art decisions, according to a Harris Interactive poll.
Laser energy directly targets tattoo ink – Energy absorption creates heat, which causes ink pigments to break down into tiny particles, which are then metabolized and eliminated naturally by your body.
Some colors require more treatments than others – Traditionally, black or extremely dark green inks are the easiest to remove, while light blues and bright greens are less responsive to laser energy. Our picosecond laser uses multiple wavelengths to target various shades, including these difficult ones.
ou will need several appointments – A single laser session will only affect a percentage of ink in the targeted area. The tattoo fades progressively with a series of laser treatments. The exact number of treatments needed will vary, depending on the size, color, and age of the tattoo as well as other factors.
Some lasers take longer than others – Many systems use Q-switched lasers that can heat pigment to the desired temperature in nanoseconds (billionths of a second). We use even faster and more effective picosecond (trillionth of a second) laser technology. In addition to faster and more comfortable treatments, most patients see desired results with 50 percent fewer appointments than some other lasers would require.
Smoking can slow the process – Nicotine impedes circulation, which is why smoking causes wounds to heal slower. For the same reason, it can make your tattoo fade slower. Laser tattoo removal is dependent upon healthy blood circulation to remove the broken-down ink.
Skin tone makes a difference – Tattoo ink is not the only pigment that readily absorbs laser energy. Pigment naturally present in human skin is sensitive as well. Temporary skin discoloration is a potential side effect of laser tattoo removal, particularly for dark-skinned patients. One of the reasons we use an advanced picosecond laser is that it is much more precise than many other systems, carrying a much lower risk of discoloration.
Treatment is more comfortable than you might expect – It is normal to feel a bit of stinging as the laser contacts skin, but most patients find the procedure quite tolerable without anesthetic. The sensation of laser removal has been compared to that of getting a tattoo.
“Tattoo removal” isn’t just for tattoos – We often use the same laser to correct discoloration from skin injury and other causes.
It is important to choose the right provider – Lasers are powerful medical devices, capable of causing harm if used incorrectly. Any medical procedure, including those of an aesthetic nature, should be performed by a properly trained and experienced clinician. Dr. Bock is a fellowship-trained, Board-certified dermatologist and holds his clinical team to the highest standards. When you choose California Skin & Laser Center for any procedure, you never have to worry about the quality, competence, or qualifications of your provider.
The end of tattoo regret is just a phone call away
The most important fact you should know about laser tattoo removal is this: Dr. Bock and the team of California Skin & Laser Center are here to help, with honest answers and quality treatment. Because every case is different, a professional examination is the only way to determine how well or how quickly your tattoo will respond to laser treatment.
If you are suffering from tattoo regret, we invite you to visit any of our three convenient office locations for a consultation. To schedule an appointment, you can call our Stockton office at 209-751-4292, our Lodi: office at 209-330-0764, or our Elk Grove office at 209-900-1343.
Dr. Gerald Bock is a board-certified general, cosmetic, and surgical dermatologist serving patients in the following California, United States communities: Lodi, CA; Stockton, CA; and Elk Grove, CA. He is a fellow with the American Academy of Dermatology and is a pioneer of cosmetic surgery in the Central Valley. Dr. Bock’s goal is to provide services that enhance an individual’s beauty without making them look like they have had anything done. He is committed to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals with innovative treatments that deliver ageless results.