Remember the Weekend; Forget the Tattoo

istock 1173734112 Tattoos are usually thought of in the short term. Won’t that dragon look cool on my forearm tomorrow? Won’t my girlfriend think it’s touching I put her name across my bicep? Won’t it be fun to have everyone in the group get a tattoo at the same time?

The problem with that short-term thinking is that tattoos are the ultimate long-term deal. “Jennifer” will be still wrapped around your bicep when it’s Suzanne whose gifts you’ll be wrapping. And the group has all moved away, but you’re stuck with the Pegasus on your shoulder that you make sure to cover up if you have an important meeting that day.

Tattoos are the gift that keeps on giving. Plus, as your skin begins its inevitable thinning and loosening, those tattoos can take on a whole new look. And it’s not a good one.

In the old days if you wanted to get rid of a tattoo, the process was more painful and more noticeable at times than getting the original tattoo. There were only three ways to get rid of a tattoo: surgery to remove the skin, acid bleaching, and dermabrasion (basically sandblasting of your skin). All of them were just as pleasant as they sound.

Fortunately, technology has come to the rescue in the form of the laser. Dr. Jensen uses lasers to remove any tattoo, returning your arm, neck, shoulder, calf, or wherever to its pre-tattooed clarity.

How does it work?

Dr. Jensen uses the PicoSure laser to deliver incredibly quick high-energy pulses that are absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo. The PicoSure energy breaks the pigment into particles small enough that they can then be cleared from the body by the lymphatic system.

Now many treatments are necessary?

Just how easy or hard it is to remove a tattoo is predicated on the number of colors, depth, age, chemical composition of the inks, and other factors. Black, red, dark orange, and dark blue tattoos respond quickly, while certain other colors such as green, purple, brown, and light colors take more time. Most tattoos require a number of treatments spaced from six to eight weeks apart. Dr. Jensen has found that it takes anywhere from 6-13 laser treatments to make your unwanted tattoo go the way of the dinosaurs in Dinosaur National Monument.

Does it hurt?

Compared to getting the tattoo, the laser procedure to remove it with Dr. Jensen involves only a little discomfort, but not much. We apply an anesthetic cream to the location prior to beginning the laser treatment. After each treatment, you will have three to four days of sensitivity at the site. You’ll also need to apply an over-the-counter antibiotic to the site and keep it covered.

Want to make that tattoo vanish without having to call a magician? Call Dr. Jensen at (385) 300-8026 and let him give it the laser treatment.

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