Many clients call Clearstone (832.460.4200) to learn more about the tattoo removal process and for insight into its effectiveness and its affordability. We hope this list of frequently asked questions helps to provide a good overview as well as to make you more informed about the removal process.
What laser technology is used to removal tattoos?
We maintain the most comprehensive Q-switched laser technology – allowing us to effectively treat all ink types and skin types. Clearstone offers high powered Q-switched Nd: YAG (1064 nm), KTP (532 nm), and Alexandrite (755 nm) lasers. We couple our laser technology with the most aggressive cooling system on the marketplace – the Zimmer Cryo 6. Taken together, we provide excellent protection to the skin while also providing the highest levels of tattoo removal.
How does it work?
In order to remove a tattoo, we must break apart the ink so that it becomes small enough for the body to absorb and to remove. An active Q-switched laser produces light over very short durations of time – just billionths of a second. By applying light over such shot periods of time, we can cause what is known as a photoacoustic effect, effectively shattering ink with light. By doing so, we make the ink small enough for the body to absorb and to remove.
Why do you need different laser systems?
Different ink colors absorb different wavelengths of light. For example, when treating blue or green ink, best results are attained by using red light from our Q-switched Alexandrite laser, as the energy produced from an Nd: YAG laser is not as effectively absorbed by that color ink. Conversely, red ink best absorbs green light from our KTP laser. We must have effective ink absorption as otherwise the tattoo will not shatter and therefore cannot be effectively removed by the body.
How does the body remove the ink?
It is believed that ink from your tattoo is removed by the body’s lymphatic system. The ink is then largely excreted as waste matter. Some ink is known to resolve itself within the lymph nodes, but interestingly, much of the ink from preexisting tattoos has already been moved to your lymph nodes – which is one reason why tattoos lighten over time.
Are multiple sessions needed?
Generally, you should expect a series of 3 – 10 treatments; although, some ink may be completely removed after just one or two treatments. Ink response will vary given the compounds which comprise your ink, the depth of ink, its age, as well as its color and location.
What should I expect after my treatment?
Within about 30 minutes post treatment, most individuals will experience excellent redness of the treated area as well as slight swelling (edema). In addition, you should expect the treated area to feel hot, which may be alleviated with cold compress or ice. The following day, you may experience blistering and minor soreness.
How much does it typically cost?
Clearstone takes great pride in being Houston’s leading value added medical spa. As such, we couple the most advanced laser technology, a state-of-the-art facility, and highly trained and experienced laser technicians with surprisingly affordable pricing. Most tattoo sessions are $99 per treatment, with special business card sized Wednesday’s, where each treatment is only $69.
How effective is tattoo removal?
Laser treatment is shown to be the most comprehensive and the most effective means of removing an unwanted tattoo. While the ultimate degree of effectiveness is largely dependent upon a variety of factors, excellent clearance is usually attainable.
What difference does it make?
Removing an unwanted tattoo – be it the name of a past partner, a regretful mistake from many years ago, or just something that is no longer desired from lifestyle changes – comes with great satisfaction. Most individuals associate tattoo removal as a means to letting go of the past or a means to create something new in the future.