Tattoo Removal 101
What laser system do we use?
Featuring dual pulse durations (2 ns + 750/660 ps) and three unique laser wavelengths (532, 1064, 670 nm), enlighten has the power to clear all ink colors, variable ink particle sizes and densities in fewer treatments.
How do Tattoos Work?
The permanent tattoo process involves inserting pigment into the dermis (second layer of the skin) using a machine or a needle. Ink must be deposited deep enough into the dermis; otherwise, it will not stay permanent since the epidermis is shed every three to four weeks.
The body’s immune system activates as soon as the ink is spread out in the inner layer of the skin. The macrophages (cells that destroy pathogens) will try to contain the foreign substance in the body, although the ink particles are large for these cells to destroy, causing it to stay in the skin.
What is Enlighten by Cutera?
Enlighten by Cutera is a state-of-the-art technology of laser tattoo removal. It has broad specifications and multifaceted technology that enable providers to address tattoo removal as well as unwanted pigmented lesions and skin revitalization concerns.
Enlighten features dual pulse durations (2 ns + 750/660 ps) and three unique laser wavelengths (532, 1064, 670 nm) that equips it to resolve and clear tattoos of all ink colors, density, and sizes in fewer treatments than that of the traditional ones.
Enlighten works by directing a beam of light on the area in extremely short pulse durations. It employs both picosecond and nanosecond technology (2 nanoseconds and 750/660 picoseconds) to efficiently target different colors and types of ink using three laser wavelengths. The high-peak-power and ultra-short pulse duration break up the tattoo pigments without causing damage to the skin around it.
Can Enlighten completely remove a tattoo (colors, size, depth)?
Enlighten is the most advanced tattoo removal and provides better clearance on a wide variety of colors, depth, and density. However, factors such as the range of tattoo colors, depth of ink particles, ink particle size, tattoo age and location in the body determine the number of sessions it will take to achieve full clearance to achieve optimal results.
Does tattoo removal hurt?
The treatment may sting and cause minor discomfort, similar to that of getting a tattoo but much faster. The discomfort gradually subsides after the procedure. Numbing cream may be used to ease the pain, although it won’t be necessary in most cases because the whole session takes a little time.
Is laser treatment safe?
Laser tattoo removal is generally safe. Enlighten technology is FDA approved, safe, and effective. What separates Enlighten from traditional laser procedures is that it is suitable and safe for all skin types and all skin tones.
How many sessions does it take to remove a tattoo?
Most tattoo removal treatments take about five to ten sessions without the guarantee of complete clearance. On the other hand, enlighten technology takes three to six sessions of tattoo removal every six weeks. This will depend on factors such as the size and complexity of the tattoo. As mentioned, Enlighten technology uses three wavelengths, and that target specific colors first so you will be able to see the difference in each session.
How much does it cost to remove a tattoo with Enlighten?
Pricing procedure varies by the size and complexity of the tattoo area. Schedule a consultation for precise pricing.