LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
Our office has some of the newest high tech laser devices to remove or significantly lighten the usual range of tattoo ink colors. The Lutronic Spectra Q-Switched laser and the AlexTrivantage Q-switched by Candela are two of the most modern tattoo removal lasers in the world today. Most offices operate with just one or two wavelengths for tattoo removal but our office has five different q-switched wavelengths to deal with stubborn ink colors that many machines simply cannot get out or fade.
Our office is located in Kansas City and provides laser tattoo removal services for multiple Midwest states. We want to care for you, and will provide quality care at a very reasonable cost. Our laser services are some of the most competitive and reasonably priced services available in our area for treatments.
Dr. Joseph Leiker is a board certified physician, and is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and provides some of the treatments and general supervision at the laser office. We have some of the newest advancements in laser treatments.
"I loved my tattoo when I first got it, but I'm at a point in my life now where I no longer care to have it.” (This is a frequent comment in our laser clinic from many of our patients, and this is mostly due to a change in personal, social, and business relationships). Be wise and do not
waste your money buying topical gimmicks for tattoo removal that they will try to sell you online. FDA approved tattoo removal lasers are the safest and surest ways to get rid of your undesired tattoos.
Our machines have the Gold Standard wavelengths for tattoo removal inks.
AlexTriVantage Laser by Candela Corporation:
755 Q-Switched Alexandrite
Spectra Laser by Lutronic:
1064 nm Q-Switched, high peak power, Nd:YAG
532 nm Q-Switched, high peak power, KTP
Starting at $59* per session
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Our office has a minimum price starting at $59* per laser tattoo removal session (black ink, approximately one square inch and smaller, not located on the face or neck) and the price is basically determined by surface area (square inches) size and difficulty of the tattoo removal, and the colors of ink in the tattoo. Most tattoo removals at our office will average between $59 to $200 per session for average size tattoos. Payments are in Cash, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
Our machines have the Gold Standard wavelengths to remove or significantly lighten most tattoo inks, but some inks may be impossible to remove and some skin types may be impossible for us to treat. Treatments may be performed by a laser specialist technician or the general supervisory laser trained physician.
*All final pricing will be quoted after seeing the tattoo area and the ink that needs to be removed.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser energy is directed at the tattooed area for a fraction of a second, passing harmlessly through the outer layer of the skin and targeting the tattoo ink directly. The laser disrupts the ink, allowing your body to absorb it and break it down naturally. Our lasers are some of the newest advanced tattoo laser technology.The process is not immediate. After the treatment, the ink that was exposed to the laser will break down and be removed by your body's immune system over a period of weeks. Once that process is complete, you can come in for your next visit, usually 4 to 8 week intervals, repeating the process until the tattoo is gone. Many tattoos average 5 to 10 treatments for full removal—some can be gone after four sessions, and some take longer (they can take 12-14 or more for stubborn ink) and rarely, some of these may be completely gone after just a few visits for some amateur tattoo inks. Visits are usually spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. Some variances are whether the tattoo is done by an amateur or a professional, also some ink colors are harder to target and require more sessions than other colors, the thickness of the ink, and the body location, the more distal or farther from the heart area they are slower to go away. Since it is your body’s immune system that ultimately breaks down and adsorbs the ink, every person's removal process will be different. Tattoos on distal body parts (i.e., ankle, foot or finger) often are slower going away than those on the trunk (i.e., chest, abdomen, or back). Unfortunately, most patients do not know the type of ink components used for their tattoo. It is common to have some itching after laser treatments and that usually is a sign of the immune system working on the ink. It is possible to have immune allergic reactions to ink products after they have been treated with the laser often delayed a few days (blisters, itching, inflammation, swelling,etc.) (hypersensitivity reactions to things such as chromates, oxides, sulfides and other ingredients unknown in the inks).
Does it hurt?
Laser tattoo removal is generally a fairly low-risk, outpatient procedure. The discomfort of the procedure is tolerable (a 3 to 7 on a 10 scale of pain usually), and has been described as similar to a hot rubber-band snapping on the skin. Most patients do not use anesthetic, but one can purchase a topical anesthetic if you so desire. Topical anesthetics must be on an area for at least 1 to 2 hours though to be effective in reducing the pain. So anesthetic must be pre-planned with the treatment appointment time, or you can buy some anesthetic to take home with you. Cooling can also be done to get through the procedure. Generally, after the procedure, for most people there is only minimal discomfort after 10-15 minutes. You can use a pain reliever of your choice in the first six hours if you so desire. It is relatively common to have some blood in the skin, redness from inflammation, puffiness/edema and even some blistering, and scabbing in the healing process.
Can my tattoo be removed?
Every tattoo is different, so no laser available today can guarantee 100% success or zero skin discoloration. Our office uses the very advanced technology available to achieve the highest success rates around for tattoo removal, and most all tattoos of certain colors can be at least significantly reduced in their appearance. The newest technology keeps scarring risk to a minimum, but there always remains a theoretical possibility of scarring with any laser system. The laser tries to provide maximum tattoo ink removal while trying to reduce risk to the surrounding skin and tissue.
It is much more difficult to treat tattoos on skin types V and VI (black and African-American type skin) because of laser risks to natural pigment in the skin. We only can treat black ink unless to risk hypopigmentation. Also, we cannot treat some colors on skin type IV (some darker ethnic Asian, Middle Eastern or Latino, etc.) without having a risk of hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation. Thus, black ink can only be removed from darker skin types but there is always some risk of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation in any case when this is done.
We do not treat cosmetic tattoos (eyebrows, lips, etc.) White tattoo inks are very stubborn and may not respond and they also can turn a different color, often darker after lasered. Yellow ink is also very stubborn for all laser tattoo removal systems, and there is no ideal laser for yellow ink, but it will almost always slowly lighten up and fade. Light and medium blue are very difficult colors.
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