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Nowadays tattoos are becoming increasingly more mainstream. With TV shows like InkMaster, and the advancements of the tattoo artists skills, more people are getting tattoos than ever before. Whether it’s to keep up with trends or personal reasons (or a blurry night out on the town), a lot more people are getting tattooed.  Either way, tattoos are supposed to be permanent. With the increased volume of people getting tattoos and tattoo artists just getting better, there is an increasing number of people who want to erase or coverup their old tattoos for a lot of reasons. Some just got bad tattoos, tattoos they regret, or they just change their mind on what they want to don on their skin for the rest of their lives.

Hey, we all change and grow as we get older – and until now those bad tattoo decisions were something we all had to live with - we may decide that the cute little butterfly on our hip from spring break in 1998 needs to go, or that skull we got on our back no longer represents who we are. But what do you do if you want to erase that past and properly represent yourself?

There are temporary options, like heavy duty make-up that can cover up the tattoos for special occasions. But one quick trip to the dance floor will ruin that idea and also those coverup makeups are heavy, messy and greasy!

Lucky for us all, and thanks to those handy dandy scientists, there is a long term and permanent solution. You can get your tattoos removed with Laser Tattoo Removal.

So, how does Laser Tattoo Removal work?
We should start with a little background on the tattoo process.
The most common method that tattoos are applied today are through the use of an of electric tattoo machine that quickly injects ink into your skin. Your body’s immune system then goes into protection mode and attacks the invasive ink pigment with little things called macrophages that try and remove the ink from your system by catching and consuming it- kind of like Kirby from the old Nintendo games. But some macrophages over-eat and become so full of ink that they can’t move, keeping them where they are, and the massive amount of ink they consumed is visible through your skin as a tattoo.
Back to the important stuff, how does the tattoo removal process work?

Like we mentioned before, the most effective way to remove a tattoo is through the use of specially designed lasers that break up the ink particles with bursts of energy created through hyper focused light waves. Each different color of ink absorbs a different wavelength of light – when that light wave hits the ink, it shatters it into small pieces. Think about your ink pigments as large boulders – the laser tattoo removal process works to break those boulders into smaller and smaller pieces that your body’s immune system will now attack and help flush those macrophages out. 

Welcome to the future of getting rid of the past.

At Rethink Laser Tattoo Removal, we utilize the PiQo⁴ Pico+Nano Laser, widely considered the most effective laser for removing any color tattoo. Clinical studies have shown that the optimal method for shattering pigment particles is to treat them with both Nano and Picosecond laser pulses. The PiQo4 by Lumenis uses 4 different wavelengths to shatter the pigments of the broadest range of colors most used in tattoos. With the PiQo4, clients will experience faster treatment results and much faster treatment session times (up to 75% faster than the rest). 

The process….

Our trained professional laser technicians will adjust the laser to the settings needed to break up the colors in your tattoo based off the pigment, age and skin type. The PiQo⁴ nanosecond pulses are then used to deliver short bursts of energy that break down the larger and deeper pigment or ink particles. Then, the area is rescanned with Picosecond pulses that dismantle the smaller and shallower particles. This combination yields far better results than using either one of the technologies on its own.

When the laser hits the skin, your body begins building up a defense and begins attacking the ink in that area as a foreign object. This causes your skin cells to rapidly reproduce and slough off. Depending on the size, age, colors used, etc. it can take anywhere between 3 to 10 sessions to completely remove a tattoo. 

It is important to allow time for the tattoo to heal over; it is recommended to wait a month or two in between sessions. Sometimes it may take a few sessions before you notice fading. Sometimes fading will occur after your first session. It all depends on what colors were used, your skin type and how old the tattoo is. 

Since a laser is being used directly on your body there are risks associated with this. Some things to consider are; the area using the treatment may blister, scar or become discolored over time. 

Even though laser tattoo removal is a commitment time wise and financially. You will feel relieved having that regretted tattoo removed from your body. You will know longer worry about having to cover up or explaining it to others. In the end what’s a little pain if it makes all the difference in how you feel about yourself. 

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