Tattoo Removal

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Tattoo Removal services offered in Southlake, TX serving the surrounding DFW area

If you have unwanted tattoos, laser tattoo removal offers a way to leave that ink behind. Tattoo removal is one of many aesthetic services available from Haritha Mikkilineni (Dr. Mikki), MD, of Medrein Health & Aesthetics in Southlake, Texas. Book your visit today to learn how tattoo removal can help you reach your goals. 

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Understanding Tattoo Removal

People get tattoos for different reasons, but they’re mostly used as a form of self-expression. Regardless of their reasons for getting inked, some people eventually want to remove their permanent tattoos through different tattoo removal treatments.

Laser treatments are utilized for common procedures like laser skin resurfacing and anti-aging treatments. But aside from removing wrinkles, acne, and other skin problems, laser technology is also useful for tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal systems work by breaking up the ink fragments on the skin into smaller particles so that the body’s immune cells eliminate them quickly.
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4 Laser Energy Treatments for Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo systems come in different types, depending on which pigment colors need to be erased. Although they’re effective in removing tattoos in different body locations, it’s still important to consult with a technician or dermatologist to find out which laser works best for specific types of tattoos. Here are common types of laser treatment for tattoo removal:
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✓ Q-Switched Ruby Laser – This type of laser is best for blue, green, and black color tattoos. While it works on a wide spectrum of colors, the high-powered Q-switched laser works better in the most common tattoo colors. However, patients who try this treatment are at risk of developing side effects like scarring, pigmentation, and textural changes on their skin.
✓ Q-Switched Alexandrite Laser – This type of laser treatment also removes green, blue, and black ink colors on the skin. It’s often used as a supplemental treatment for completely removing the tattoo particles on the skin.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

Why are tattoos difficult to remove?

In order to understand why tattoos are permanent, it helps to think about the way your body’s immune system attacks foreign invaders. If your system perceives an injury or intrusion, it launches a swift immune response to clear that substance from your body. 

This begins with a rush of macrophage cells to the area. These special cells essentially “consume” the invading substance, moving it through your lymphatic system and eventually exiting the body. 

When you get a tattoo, a motorized needle moves quickly into and out of your skin, depositing ink into the deeper layers. This prompts your immune system to try and clear the ink. While some smaller ink particles are effectively carried away, most of the ink particles are too large to be effectively moved. 

They remain in place, trapped in the dermal layers of your skin where they are visible on the surface. 

How does tattoo removal work?

Laser tattoo removal works by blasting apart the ink particles within your tattoo. This makes them small enough for your body to effectively remove them through your lymphatic system. 

The treatment laser creates heat in the deeper layers of your skin, but the surface remains at a safe and comfortable temperature. Each treatment addresses the ink particles closest to your skin's surface, so it often takes multiple treatments to fully remove a tattoo. 

You may feel a stinging or mild burning sensation during treatments, but there is no significant pain. 

How long does it take to see results from tattoo removal?

Just as no two tattoos are ever exactly alike, laser tattoo removal is also highly unique. The number and duration of your treatments depend on several factors. 

Some of the issues that affect how many laser tattoo removal treatments you need include:

  • The size of your tattoo
  • The location of your tattoo
  • Which colors of ink were used
  • How deeply the tattoo was inked

Medrein Health & Associates offers two different types of lasers for tattoo removal. Dr. Mikki chooses the laser best suited for your tattoo, and many patients benefit from using both lasers for different parts of a highly colored tattoo. 

To learn more or to book your laser tattoo removal visit, call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool to find a time that fits your busy life.