Sometimes when you make a mistake, you know immediately. (Read about James who wanted to make an appointment for tattoo removal right after a neck tattoo… ) While you’re welcome to book a consult just as soon as tattoo regret sets in, we can’t see you until your tattoo is completely healed.
Tricia Hintze, our Salt Lake City studio Laser Manager, explains why it’s so important to wait below.
The Real Deal
It’s our top priority to give clients the best removal possible: no scarring and no trace of a tattoo ever being there at all.
Tattooing essentially makes thousands of tiny wounds in the skin — and we need them to heal before we can apply the laser. The PicoWay® Laser operates at such high speeds that it can target ink molecules and break them apart without damaging the skin but skin can’t be damaged. We actually care about the skin’s integrity and appearance which is why treating skin that’s healing is not an option.
We will not treat someone unless at least 8 weeks after being tattooed. It’s even better if they can wait longer!
If you were to be treated with the PicoWay® Laser while your tattoo is healing, you run the risk of some really nasty stuff like blistering and hyper- or hypo-pigmentation. Especially on darker skin types.
Hyper-pigmentation is when your skin overproduces melanin and appears darker. This can go away over time, but we’re talking weeks or months!
Hypo-pigmentation is the loss of your skin’s pigment due to trauma to the tissue. You don’t ever regain that pigment.
Unfortunately, these outcomes are still common with older technology.
Treatment with the PicoWay® Laser After Older Technology
Clients who were treated elsewhere with older technology, often have scarring, hyper- and hypo-pigmentation, or ink that couldn’t be cleared. Using the PicoWay® Laser, we can break through scar tissue and remove difficult ink.
Below is an incredible example from Tricia’s studio in Salt Lake City.
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