Tattoo Removal at Grafton Dermatology
We offer two options for the removal of tattoos.
Tattoos are becoming more of a part of American mainstream culture and the last decade has seen an explosion of tattoo mania. It is estimated that more than 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo and tattooing is big business. However, in the last decade tattoo removal has become an even bigger business and it is estimated that more than 17% of individuals who have a tattoo, later regret having it and want it removed. For the past 3 decades, tattoo removal was done using unsophisticated surgery techniques, all of which left individuals with a lot of scarring. However, with the recent advances in medical technology, laser therapy has become the gold standard for removal of tattoos. If you have a tattoo that you wish to have partially or completely removed, you should first consider your options and decide which method might be best for you.
Laser Tattoo Removal & MicroPen Tattoo Removal
How do lasers remove Tattoos?
Lasers work by directing energy toward ink in the skin with highly concentrated colored light beams. These laser beams break up ink particles into tiny fragments which are later cleared up by the body’s scavenging cells. This process of fragmenting the ink particles requires numerous sessions depending on the depth of the ink level. The procedure is bloodless and no incisions are made. The laser selectively targets the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin. With deeper penetration of the skin and multiple sessions however, the heat generated by the lasers may cause pain and blister formation. Even though laser technology is refined, the chance of scarring is always present with multiple treatments.
How does MicroPEN TR treatment work?
Similar to the way a tattoo is applied, MicroPen TR utilizes very fine micro-needles to create precise wounds in the tattooed tissue while simultaneously introducing a proprietary solution to the treatment site. This proprietary solution is designed to coagulate the ink while causing minimal inflammation to the surrounding tissue. In about two to three week after the wound healing process begins, the ink is lifted out from the epidermis along with a small scab. New skin with natural pigment replaces the old skin and foreign ink.
Under the direction of Dr. Lee Grafton, Dr. Tamela Charbonnet and Dr. Kristal Guidroz, Tricia Petrella, board certified esthetician, and Taylor Zeringue, board certified cosmetologist will provide a complete skin care program consisting of in-office Medical Facials, HydraFacial, Micro Peels, Laser Hair Removal, IPL Treatments, make-up consultations using Glo Mineral Cosmetics.