The LASER Procedure
Q-switched lasers can remove tattoo ink with almost no chance of scarring. These lasers deliver pulses of light that last for 10 or 25 billionths of a second. This shatters the ink particles, allowing the body’s normal healing mechanism to clear out the smaller fragments.
Tattoo removal requires multiple treatments with at least six to eight weeks between treatments. Fading occurs after each treatment and the entire tattoo can be treated each time. More time between treatments allows additional fading and can reduce the total cost. Generally, 3 to 12 treatments are needed, with homemade tattoos usually fading faster than professional tattoos. Fortunately, severe scarring is rare, however temporary tan-discoloration or loss of natural pigment, with long-term lightening of skin color, can also occur. Treatment hurts about as much as getting a tattoo but is over much faster.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. But people change, and the old tattoo just doesn’t fit with your new image.
Now with the QS4Max System, it’s finally possible to remove your tattoo safely with minimizing scar formation. At Hoboken Cosmetic Center, Dr. T.G.Khan utilizes the revolutionary frequency doubled Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers to remove your amateur or professional tattoo safely and effectively. Compared to other systems on the market, this laser simply provides superior results.
The following are some questions most often asked about laser tattoo removal:
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Q-switched laser treatments use your body’s own defense mechanisms to remove the pigment. When your tattoo was applied, your body encapsulated the ink in the skin’s collagen.
The Q-Switched Nd:YAG lasers use multiple wavelengths of laser light energy to break up the large ink pockets into smaller particles. Over a period of weeks, your body will carry off these small particles. The larger particles that remain may require several treatments, but the tattoo gradually fades.
IS IT DANGEROUS?
The QS4Max has been granted complete clearance by the FDA. The LASER is preset to safe levels, and Dr. Khan follows stringent safety precautions at all times.
DOES IT HURT?
WHAT HAPPENS AT A TREATMENT SESSION?
Though the treatment is not actually painful (the laser pulse feels much like the snap of a rubber band), you may elect to have a topical anesthetic. Most patients say, “It feels about the same as getting the tattoo,” and usually require no anesthetic at all.
Dr. Khan traces the laser light over the tattoo to begin the fading process. The lasers do not burn or cut the skin in any way. The skin remains intact, except for an occasional blister.
HOW LONG IS A TREATMENT SESSION?
Depending on the size and location of the tattoo, a typical session runs from 10 to 30 minutes.
ARE THERE ALTERNATIVES TO THESE SYSTEMS?
Yes, but none as effective or painless as the QS4Max Tattoo Removal System. Surgical removal (excision) is common, but expensive and always leaves a permanent scar. Other types of lasers, such as argon or carbon dioxide, physically boil away the skin. Again, this is expensive and leaves a scar. Techniques that use acid or abrasion to remove the tattoo are often painful and will also result in scarring. Only Q-switched lasers allow for no scarring and is now considered the “Gold Standard” for tattoo removal.
WILL IT REMOVE MY TATTOO COMPLETELY?
That depends on several factors, including the color and depth of the tattoo pigment, as well as your individual response to treatment. While some colors are easier to remove than others, Dr. Khan utilizes the various wavelenghts of the QS4Max Laser System, making it possible to remove multiple colors, including black, red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple. Large or particularly thick tattoos, usually applied by a professional tattooist, can require several treatments for successful removal.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A CONSULTATION.
If you have a tattoo whose time has come and gone, please call 201.313.8899 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Khan will share his expertise, answer all your questions, and estimate the cost and number of treatments.
Dr. Khan is very proud to have the unique honor of being the one of the first physicians in Hudson County to utilize Q-switched Yag LASER technology for the purpose of medical tattoo removal.