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They were once a permanent statement of rebellion, but today tattoos – or body art, as they are known – are common.
Forty – five million Americans have at least one tattoo. Your doctor, lawyer and dentist probably has one, since 40 percent of that 45 million is between the ages of 26 and 40.
They are also not quite so indelible – welcomed news for the 23 percent of those who say they now regret their ink. Tattoo removal used to involved painful dermabrasion, acidic skin peels or literally cutting the image out and then patching the area with skin grafts. All these methods could leave horrendous scars. But such drastic action is no longer necessary thanks to lasers.
Laser technology was first used for tattoo removal 20 years ago and has come a long way since then. “In many cases, we are able to completely erase the tattoo,” says Michael Sarti, M.D., owner of Vitality Institute of Agoura.
Tattoos are created by injection ink about a millimeter into the dermis, the middle layer of your skin. It doesn’t shed like the skin’s surface layers, so the ink won’t wear away. The ink particles also are too big to be broken down by the immune system, so they remain there. The lasers work by splitting the ink into smaller fragments, allowing them to be broken down by the body and naturally excreted. Essentially, the body is tricked into fading the tattoo.
Several colors of laser light are used to target different pigments. Red light works best on blue, black and red inks; green light targets red and orange; near-infrared is absorbed by green and dark pigments.
Green remains the most difficult pigment to erase, and some colors are still virtually impossible to eradicate.
The laser hand piece is held like a pen, so removal can be precise – even making “editing” possible. ” We are sometimes asked to alter a name within an existing tattoo without touching the surrounding artwork,” Sarti explained.
Treatment time normally lasts months, with each treatment being spaced two months apart. The cost and time of removals depend on the tattoo’s size.
“It can be very expensive, but we try to manage the cost by allowing monthly payments. It will undoubtedly set you back more than the original tattoo,” says Sarti, who has had some patients beg him to remove their body art on the way back from the tattoo studio.
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