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Do tattoo removal creams actually work?

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The short answer is no. Even worse, the FDA warns that these products can actually cause irreparable damage to your skin. Our clients are always looking for the most effective and affordable way to remove unwanted tattoos, and at $35 and up for a one-month of skin bleaching lotion the cost of laser tattoo removal is less than the cost of these ineffective creams that are marketed as tattoo removal kits.

What types of tattoo removal creams are out there?

Here are a few brand names of recognizable tattoo removal systems:

Wrecking Balm Tattoo Removal & Fade Systemtattoo removal creams$35.99

Tat B Gone Tattoo Removal System tattoo removal creams$68.81

Tattoo Removal Cream 3 Step Action: Profade tattoo removal creams$69.95

But after months of application after repeat application, do the products actually work in three easy steps as they claim? No. It’s impossible to remove tattoo ink at the second layer of skin with just a magic potion. These creams cannot penetrate beyond the first layer of skin – leaving behind a streaky look from small changes in your skin’s penetration. There is no way these creams can actually destroy the ink where it is located.

What say the FDA?

The FDA also regulates and approves laser hair removal for consumers. According to the FDA, just one laser treatment is not enough and some tattoos may require six to ten treatments. As technology improves, however, these treatments are fewer and farther between.

At LaserSpa of Tampa Bay, we utilize a combination of lasers, including the latest PicoSure Laser tattoo removal technology, to develop the right removal plan for you. Check out this CBS News video all about PicoSure and how is fast becoming the quickest option for tattoo removal.


Step-by-Step Laser Tattoo Removal

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Considering having your tattoo removed, but you’re unsure exactly how it’s done? With all the latest advances in laser technology, it’s important to consider all of your options and to pick a technician who can remove it quickly with as few treatments as possible. That’s why we’re excited to offer two types of lasers that target specific ink colors and skin types.

Most laser tattoo removal technician in the Tampa Bay area use a Q-switch laser – and we offer that too – but no one else also uses the PicoSure Cynosure laser.

PicoSure laser tattoo removal blasts unwanted ink away in fewer treatments and with less damage to the skin. To help explain how PicoSure works, we put together this handy infographic.

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Send us your tattoo pictures today and we’ll put together a treatment plan that’s just right for you.


Reality TV star using PicoSure® laser tattoo removal

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“Adrienne Bailon Is ‘Excited’ to Remove Her Rob Kardashian Tattoo”

7-15-14 EXTRA: featuring PicoSure® laser tattoo removal with reality TV star and talk show host, Adrienne Bailon. Adrienne has turned to Dr. Jeremy Brauer of Laser Skin & Surgery Center to be treated with the PicoSure laser after previous laser treatments have failed to clear her infamous “Rob Kardashian” tattoo.

Adrienne Bailon is quoted within the segment:

“What I love about the PicoSure Laser is that it can work on people who already attempted to remove their tattoos and it hasn’t worked before… I’m excited to see how this works. I know it won’t be completely gone in one session, but that there will be a drastic change.”

Check out the entire segment and full write-up on EXTRA’s website here: http://ow.ly/zcnFZ


Optimal Tattoo Removal R20 Laser

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Optimal tattoo removal in a single laser session based on the method of repeated exposures.

Kossida T, Rigopoulos D, Katsambas A, Anderson RR.

Source

1st Department of Dermatology, Andreas Sygros Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School, Athens, Greece. thkossida@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Unwanted tattoos are treated with Q-switched lasers. Despite a series of treatments, efficacy is limited.

OBJECTIVE:

We compared a single Q-switched laser treatment pass with 4 treatment passes separated by 20 minutes.

METHODS:

Eighteen tattoos on 12 adults were divided in half and randomized. One half received a single treatment pass (the “conventional” method) with a Q-switched alexandrite laser (5.5 J/cm(2), 755 nm, 100-nanosecond pulse duration, 3-mm spot size), and the other half received 4 treatment passes with an interval of 20 minutes between passes (the “R20” method). Tattoo lightening was compared 3 months later, by blinded evaluation of photographs. Biopsy specimens obtained before and immediately after treatment on both halves were also compared in blinded fashion.

RESULTS:

Immediate whitening reaction occurred on the first treatment pass, with little or no whitening on subsequent passes. Three months later, treatment with the R20 method was much more effective than conventional single-pass laser treatment (P <.01; all tattoos favored the R20 method). Despite greater epidermal injury with the R20 method, neither method caused adverse events or scarring. Light microscopy showed greater dispersion of tattoo ink with the R20 method.

LIMITATIONS:

This prospective study involved a small number of subjects.

CONCLUSIONS:

The R20 method is much more effective than conventional laser tattoo treatment, removing most tattoos in a single treatment session. New laser device technology is not required to practice this method.

Copyright © 2011 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.


Tattoo Removal

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Why do people permanently stamp their body when they wouldn’t think to put a sticker on their $50,000 car?

Tattoos are an ancient art form of self expression; one that is still carried out to this day. But there are those times when a person realizes the statement they once permanently marked on their body, needs to go.

Few people really understand how a tattoo is permanently marked into the skin of the body, and so, even fewer will understand how it is removed. There are several ways in which it can be removed:

  • Dermabrasion
  • Surgery
  • Laser

Today, the preferred method is the laser. But even with the laser, it is often not clearly understood how they work, and which one is going to provide better results. And yes, there are several types of lasers being used for tattoo removal.

  • Q-switched laser
  • CO2 laser

Laser removals are directed at the ink in the skin to heat it, causing the ink to fragment into particles. Through a natural occurring process of the body’s immune system, these particles are filtered out of the body.

Which laser is going to do the job, and leave little to no scarring?

Word has it that the Q-switched laser is the best laser to date, to give the results all clients are looking for, because it works by vaporizing the water molecules in the skin.

Here in the Tampa Bay area, Laser Spa of Tampa Bay, at 1219 E Tarpon Ave.  in Tarpon Springs, has produced some of the finest results in the area. They are more than accommodating to answer all your tattoo removal questions: 727.934.4477.


Zapping Away Tattoos

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Dr. Barbara Frangos has dedicated her life to removing what her patients thought were the indelible no-longer-wanted tattoos with the use of a specialized laser process.

About six years ago, the chiropractor recognized there was a need for treating the “aesthetic wellness in the community.” Frangos opened LaserSpa of Tampa Bay, which attracts patients from all over the Suncoast. She became specialized in using intense pulsed-light laser technology to remove unwanted tattoos.

Tattoos primarily created with black or other dark inks are the easiest to remove. Shades of blue and green, however, are the more difficult to erase. To remove them she uses a HOYA ConBio C6 series YAG laser from a California-based company, MedLite.

The state-of-the-art laser lets her zap away a wider spectrum of tattoo colors.

The laser’s light energy breaks down the ink into tiny particles that are eventually carried away by the body. There is, according to Frangos, little or no risk of the scarring or skin pigment changes associated with older lasers or dermabrasion, in which the layers of ink-stained skin are scraped off.

As tattooing became more popular, a growing number of men and women from all generations and walks of life have come to her office with a common feeling of remorse over a decision made in haste or at a different time in their life, Frangos said.

“Some are talked into getting a tattoo or think it is something they want at the time,” she said. “The problem is when they change their mind, which could be in a few years or as short as a few days, they think they have to live with it the rest of their life, which is simply not the case.”

Many of her patients got their tattoos in their teens or early 20s and soon came to rue the decision. “Years later they are embarrassed by them,” she said of tattoos.

When that happens, people want permanent tattoo removal without scarring.

Some tattoos are elaborately designed and multicolored, while others are simple lines done by a trusted friend or relation. Professional tattoos are easiest to remove, she noted.

Some women who seek her services have been adorned with tattoos across their chests, necks, backs or arms since they were girls and now want them removed.

Men get tribal patterns along their back or words on their hands or neck that they come to consider an embarrassment later in life. Of course, there are always names that conjure up memories of soured relationships, ill-conceived comments or song lyrics and obscene words.

Some people think they have to live with the image of their rebellious years for the rest of their lives – until they find unwanted tattoos can be successfully removed. Depending on factors such as how well the tattoo was inked, its size and the complexity of the laser that removes it, unwanted images may not even leave a shadow, Frangos said.

Removing professionally done tattoos usually takes six to eight treatments. Amateur creations may require one to four sessions.

The treatments are spaced four to eight weeks apart to allow layers of the skin time to heal.


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