Tattoos are known for being permanent, but people can and do have them removed. Here in Plymouth, laser tattoo removal is the safe, effective way to remove ink from your skin. There are a number of reasons people choose to have laser tattoo removal done.
The top reason people choose laser tattoo removal is that they want to advance professionally. They need a better job, and the presence of tattoos on their face, forearm, hands or other highly visible location is holding them back. We all would like to live in a world where people don’t judge each other based on appearances, but it’s a fact of life that in some industries, if you want to build a career you need to have no visible tattoos.
Some people have no career issue with their tattoo, but they don’t like the artwork, design, or craftsmanship of their tattoo. Every tattoo artist has to learn their craft, and sometimes mistakes get made. You’re not obligated to wear someone else’s crappy work on your body for all time. Laser tattoo removal erases tattoos you’re not proud of.
People can and do grow and change over time. The fact you were a die-hard Mortal Kombat player twenty years ago doesn’t mean gaming is central to your life now. People choose laser tattoo removal in Boston to remove tattoos that celebrate enthusiasm and lifestyle choices that no longer fit them.
Another reason people choose laser tattoo removal is that they’ve had someone’s name added to their body, but that relationship has ended. After a divorce or break up, you really don’t want to see your ex’s name on you! Laser tattoo removal gives people a way to move on from a relationship that has run its course. Many people who choose to have this type of tattoo removed report that they feel a new sense of freedom, confidence and peace after the ink is gone.
Laser tattoo removal is one way to eliminate ink you have that you aren’t in love with anymore. Sometimes we outgrow our tattoos. Images that no longer accurately reflect who we are aren’t a whole lot of fun to wear: it can be actively painful for someone to judge you based on a tattoo you got five, ten, or even twenty years ago.
Some tattoos are really painful reminders of tough periods in our lives. Whether that’s the name of a former romantic partner inked into your skin or a design representative of a lifestyle that’s not yours anymore, these tattoos are prime candidates for laser tattoo removal.
People often ask us if laser tattoo removal hurts. We’re not going to lie to you: the process isn’t completely comfortable – after all, a laser is zapping the pigment molecules underneath the surface of your skin into teeny tiny pieces that your body can naturally flush away – but it is markedly less painful than having a tattoo done in the first place.
Laser tattoo removal takes several sessions, with the exact number of treatments required based upon the size and darkness of your tattoo. The recovery period between sessions is much less painful and onerous than that that associated with getting a tattoo. You want to stay out of direct sunlight and hot showers for a few days, and the use of a moisturizing cream is a must. Some people choose to take an over the counter pain remedy such as Tylenol to handle any discomfort they feel; of course, you will want to make sure that decision is okay with your physician.
Laser tattoo removal in Boston is very popular because many people find the discomfort of keeping their tattoos to be less than the discomfort associated with keeping them forever.
“I guess it’s the typical story – I was young, dumb, and in love,” Plymouth native Pauline said. “So I wound up with this tattoo. It’s not huge, really – it’s just a heart. But it has my ex’s name as part of the design and seeing as we’re not together anymore?” She shrugged. “I want it gone. But what’s the better choice, getting another tattoo to cover up this one, or should I go for laser tattoo removal?”
When you have a small tattoo you really don’t love, having another tattoo done to cover it up is a common choice. This can work, depending on the size and design of the original tattoo. You’ll want to find a talented artist to work with, and be prepared to pay a little extra: many ink slingers charge more when they’re tasked with cleaning up someone else’s messes.
Cover up tattoos still leave the original tattoo in place. The artist simply adds more ink over and around the initial design. That idea bothered Pauline. “My ex’s name would still be on my skin that way,” she said. “Even if I couldn’t see it, I would know it was there. Tattoos can be more than skin deep I guess.”
Laser tattoo removal eliminates the actual existence of the tattoo over time. The laser disperses energy that breaks up the pigment beneath the skin. The pigment is processed out of your body through your lymphatic system, eventually leaving your skin looking like you’ve never had a tattoo at all.
Comparing laser tattoo removal pricing with the price of a cover up tattoo can be tricky. The best route to getting accurate numbers to make your decision is to actually talk to the professionals involved. The laser tattoo removal specialist in Plymouth can tell you how many sessions it will likely take to remove your tattoo, while the tattoo artist can quote you the price for their design services. Then you’ll be able to choose which option is right for you!
“At one point in my life, I was involved in some gang activity, not too heavy, but enough,” Bill – his current name, but not the one he was known by for many years – “Too much really. But as I got older, some things changed for me, and I got away from that life. Some parts of that were easier than others, but now, it’s been a few years, and who I was is not really as much of an issue.” He slid his shirt sleeve up to reveal a large gang tattoo. “That is, as long as I wear long sleeves 24/7.”
Laser tattoo removal is one tool former gang members can use to disassociate themselves from their former life. Removing the tattoo can help make the former gang member feel safer, as it reduces the likelihood they’ll be spotted by someone on the basis of their ink. Additionally, having gang-related tattoos can lead to someone being unfairly profiled by law enforcement and others as if they were still active gang members. Gang tattoos also can make it hard to get a job or to advance professionally.
Laser tattoo removal can be performed discretely, so people don’t have to worry about other people watching as they’re having their tattoo removed. Be prepared to visit your laser tattoo removal provider in Boston several times: to completely remove a small tattoo can take between 4 to 6 sessions while larger tattoos take longer to remove.
Laser tattoo removal pricing depends on a number of factors, including the size of your tattoo and how many colors are involved. “I have more than one tattoo,” Bill said, “and while eventually I’d love to have them all gone, I’m going to begin with the ones that are the most visible to the general public. When I think about what it will be like to be among people without them instantly judging me – it’s money very well spent!”
“A tattoo that might be acceptable on a student isn’t really acceptable on a teacher,” said Don S., a Plymouth man who recently began seeking employment with his new teaching degree. “My evaluations are excellent – I had a fantastic student teaching experience and the letters of recommendation to prove it – and I get called for interviews. But once they see me?” He shrugged. “The ink on my arms is closing the door in my face.”
Even small tattoos can be deal-breakers in today’s competitive job market. For aspiring teachers and anyone else seeking employment in conservative settings, having a tattoo removed can make sense. “I have some tattoos that are very personally meaningful and I would never consider having those removed,” Don said. “But they’re not actually in places where the school system can see them. These forearm tattoos are the problem – and when it comes down to paying my bills or expressing myself, I’ll take being employable any day.”
Laser tattoo removal in Plymouth is both safe and effective. Laser treatment is preferred to alternate methods of tattoo removal because the laser works directly on the tattoo’s ink, obliterating it beneath the surface of the skin. The ink is dispersed into tiny particles which are flushed away by the body’s natural systems. The process takes some time: most people need between four to eight treatments for a small tattoo, with larger pieces requiring additional sessions.
Many times people are curious about what it feels like to have a tattoo removed. If you have a tattoo, you’ve undoubtedly been questioned by people who want to know what it felt like. Laser tattoo removal is the same way: difficult to articulate but definitely unique. It’s not nearly as intense as having a tattoo done. Your skin isn’t punctured or pierced in any way. There is a rubber-band snapping sort of sensation that many people report as their skin is contacted by the laser, but it’s not especially painful. If you’re considering laser tattoo removal you can begin with a very small treatment area to be sure you can tolerate it, and then plan accordingly.
“When I got this tribal tattoo, I was in one place in my life,” Adrienne said, “and now I’m in another. While I don’t regret everything that happened during that time – namely my two great kids! – I am ready to say goodbye to this tattoo. What should I expect from laser tattoo removal?”
Laser tattoo removal involves the use of a special laser that breaks down the ink pigments used to create the tattoo. This process isn’t painful, in part because it works gradually, with your body’s natural processes. You will need several sessions to have a tattoo completely removed: the exact number of sessions depends on the size of your tattoo as well as how responsive your body is to treatment.
Tribal tattoos are often entirely or mostly done in black. This is great news from a removal perspective, as the black ink absorbs all laser wavelengths. Colored inks need to be treated with specific wavelengths. There are a number of styles of tattoo which fall under the tribal umbrella: one factor to consider is how thick or large the black areas are. If you have a design that involves multiple small black areas, that will be a faster removal process than a design where a large area, such as an entire shoulder, is covered in black.
Before you have laser tattoo removal, the tech will test your skin to see how responsive you are to treatment. Then, if you’re a good candidate, treatment can proceed. Laser tattoo removal is much less intense than having a tattoo done: many people compare it to the sensation of being snapped with a rubber band. The technician will talk to you ahead of time about how much of your tattoo can be addressed at a time; keeping your skin healthy is the top concern. After treatment, icepacks and topical ointment are used to soothe the area. You will need to keep the treated area protected from the sun for a while.
“Everyone’s got a story about a relationship that just didn’t work out. Mine just happened to be written on my arm for the whole world to see.” Jenn had a fairly large design on her left forearm that featured her ex-husband’s name. “Of course, someone looks at that, and they’ll ask, “Who’s James?” She laughed. “James is someone I’d rather not talk about, thank you!”
Jenn tried to wear long-sleeve shirts that kept her tattoo covered all the time, but that wasn’t really the ideal solution. “I live in Plymouth, and let me tell you, it gets hot here in the summertime. When it’s seventy, eighty, even ninety degrees a long sleeve shirt just isn’t a very realistic option.”
Jenn also felt that having her ex’s name tattooed on her was keeping her from moving on with her life. “Guys would see it, and figure that I’ve got somebody, there’s no sense even talking to me…talk about discouraging,” Jenn said. “Dating is tough enough without a stumbling block like that in my way!”
“I had heard that having a tattoo removed was very expensive,” Jenn said, “but then a friend I work with had a tattoo taken off. It took her a little while to have it all done, but she didn’t have to pay for it all at once either. So I looked into tattoo removal pricing and was happy to find that it did actually work for my budget.”
When choosing a laser tattoo removal shop, consider more than price, Jenn urges. “Do you really want the lowest bidder working on your skin with a laser?” Jenn asked. “You want someone with skills and a good reputation. Shop around until you find a provider you feel can do a good job for you. It’s worth it!”
PicoSure –Vs- Quanta Q plus C
There have been several people that have heard of the PicoSure laser being the “best” laser on the market and have inquired if we use it. We have chosen not to, and here is why;
Lasers are like other technology. There is always going to be the “latest and greatest”, but is the PicoSure really? No. The proof is in the wavelengths. In fact, if you know your physics and where ink settles in the skin, the Quanta Q Plus C works much more specific at the EXACT depth that each color ink sits.
The Quanta is the only laser in the world to uses 3 TRUE wavelengths. These wavelengths are 1064, 532, and 694. The energy of these wavelengths represent the depth that the laser targets the ink at. They are very specific. Different color ink sits in different depths of the skin. Black sits the deepest and is easiest to remove. It is targeted by 1064. Red/orange sit at the least depth in the skin and is targeted by 532. Blue and green, though sometimes harder to remove, don’t stand a chance to the Ruby 694 wavelength.
So why does the PicoSure have a wavelength that is 755? This was one of the first wavelengths used for tattoo removal. It falls right between 694 and 1064. Essentially the reactions happens past the 694 (blue/green) wavelength and stops before 1064 (black) wavelength. Yes it works, but it doesn’t go deep enough into the black and it bypasses the blue and green. Even though the colors are effected by the wavelength it does not hit any specifically, nor at the correct depth. Also the Quanta has the highest fluencies, out of any laser, in all wavelengths. (Strongest ink breaking ability)
PicoSure claims that “the area will heal more quickly, with less damage to the surrounding tissue”. Here at Out of Ink, 95% of our clients tell us that they forgot that we did a treatment by the next day, or even by that night! How much faster can you get?
Quanta is still the only laser that uses a square beam rather than a round beam. This is where the advantage comes in. On a circular beam, such as the PicoSure, spots are overlapped. Overlapping treatments result in skin damage that can be permanent. With a square beam, pulses are precisely stacked in an even fashion for best results and least damage.
We have had customers come in for a treatment and then go try a session with the PicoSure. The feedback that we have received from many was that “the difference between the PicoSure and Quanta was the huge bill I received after my PicoSure treatment”. Some have said they have actually noticed less movement of ink after a PicoSure treatment.
Remember, It’s not just the machine! It’s the knowledge of the technician. Anyone can turn a laser on, press a bunch of buttons and fire the machine. The extensive knowledge of how the machine works, physics, tattoo ink, anatomy and physiology play a huge role is safe and effective removal.
Several times a week we have customers call us and ask if we use the R20 method. We take the time to explain to them why we DO NOT and why we do not recommend it.
It is not because we can’t do it or don’t want you to go elsewhere. It’s because we want you to have great results and safe treatment.
“R20” is a fancy word for a dangerous process in which you receive 3-4 treatments on the same tattoo in the same day. In the tattoo removal industry this in known as “Heat Stacking”.
During the treatment the laser seeks the ink pigment and breaks it into smaller particles for your body to filter out. When the ink breaks apart there is a small amount of thermal energy created. The “heat” of the thermal energy is nothing that you can feel, it is going on at the cellular level. The “heat” lasts 6 seconds in the inked area after the ink is broken apart. This is referred to as “Thermal Relaxation”. With our “Zimmer” chiller we use during the process we reduce this to 1 second and this is why we have excellent results and a very low chance of blistering the area.
With the R20 method the area is treated 3-4 times, 20 minutes apart. This is creating significant damage to the skin due to heat stacking. Companies that perform the R20 method claim that it can remove the tattoo faster with less treatments. In fact, they are damaging the skin and greatly increasing the chance of leaving permanent marks and scars and actually increasing the amount of treatments you may need. Not to mention, they are charging 2-3 times the cost to do this.
The tattoo removal process is unfortunately not a process with instant gratification, but, with the correct treatment and working with a knowledgeable Laser Removal Technician you can ensure that you have a great chance of completely removing your unwanted tattoo.
Q-Plus series provides much higher performances when compared to other Q-switched lasers on the market. After one and half years from its introduction, the Q-Plus C, also named Q-Plus T (Total – for the USA market now), is the first and most powerful Q-switched laser platform which combines all in one unit a Nd:Yag @ 1064 / 532 nm and a Ruby @ 694 nm: three wavelengths which, with the highest achievable fluencies, efficiently target all tattoo colors and pigmented lesions. Green, red, blue, and black pigments can be removed effectively and more quickly, thanks to the high power, the big spot size and the high repetition rate.
When comparing the Q-Plus C (T) of Quanta with the other relevant players present today on the market, i.e. Candela and Hoya Combio, there is no doubt that the Quanta laser is superior in its global specifications.
Thus, although recently Candela has improved the energy of its AlexTriVantage @ 755 nm from 700 to 800 mJ per pulse, and Hoya has introduced its Revlite which includes dyes, Quanta takes to the market the unique advantage of working with three very stable wavelengths, wider spot sizes, being its pulses highly energetic. Quanta, additionally, does not use dye lasers, which are characterized by lower fluencies and which usually deteriorate with time. A comparison of energies vs wavelengths among the above players is shown in the below table:
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|Wavelength – Energy per pulse
|Candela – AlexTriVantage
|Hoya ConBio – Revlite