Everyone’s skin ages. Even if you lived all of your daylight hours up in Timpanogos Cave, your skin would still age. That’s because our production of collagen, which provides the skin’s underlying structural support system, declines more and more every year. Plus our tissues that keep our skin firm simply slacken with the passing years. Throw in sun damage from skiing up at Snowbasin or golfing at Glen Eagle and your skin becomes more and more loose the older we get.
No one likes that part of aging. Count your tattoo among those who are not fans.
Sagging skin means the sharp lines and definition of days gone by are no longer so defined. Give it another 10 years and you may be hard pressed to even be able to make out what the tattoo is supposed to be. All of this is exacerbated with weight gain.
But Dr. Jensen has a PicoSure laser that’s just what you need to remove that sagging tattoo. And Utah’s long winter is a great time to get started.
It used to be that 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. And they left a scar instead of the tattoo. Not exactly a perfect solution.
Fortunately technology has come to the rescue in the form of the laser. Lasers can remove any tattoo, returning your arm, neck, shoulder, calf, or wherever to its pre-tattooed clarity. Dr. Jensen’s PicoSure laser delivers the best quality tattoo removal with less pain than Q-switched lasers you’ve heard of elsewhere.
How does it work?
Our lasers deliver quick high-energy pulses that are absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo. The 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?
It’s very difficult to pinpoint just how many treatments your tattoo will need to remove it completely. This is because of the different ink colors, as well as the depth the ink has been placed. Single black tattoos with the name of your former boyfriend are easy. Multicolor scenes from Lord of the Rings, not so much. 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.
Tattoos generally take from 3 to 13 treatments to fully go away. Once we see your particular tattoo we can give you a better idea of what it will take to get rid of it.
Does it hurt?
The procedure has some discomfort, but not much. That’s another advantage of our PicoSure laser. The laser energy doesn’t penetrate as deeply as many other lasers used for tattoo removal. This lowers the likelihood the laser energy will affect the nerve fibers that trigger pain. 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 gel to the site and keep it covered.
Want to get rid of the tattoo before your skin sagging really sets in? There’s no time like winter to get started when we’re all covered up all the time. Call us at (801) 728-9258 to schedule your consultation for tattoo removal.