Thank you for sharing the pictures. I believe you may want to consider the Picoway technology. It has been known to deliver great results with as few as six treatments.
Hi,I understand your loathing the tattoo - but replacing the tattoo with a scar is not a good option at all! And excision , especially over the lower back, is bound to leave a bad scar! I have been using the Picoway in dark Indian skin types, for tattoo removal, and one of the first things I notice, is the lack of significant dyspigmentation/ scarring, that was quite common with the nanosecond lasers for pigment removal. Do consider consulting a doctor that provides Picosecond lasers for tattoos, and you should be fine!
State of the art lasers, including the Alex TriVantage Laser is used to remove small to large tattoos on various skin tones. This laser specifically operates on three wavelengths and has the broadest color treatment of any laser available today. Laser treatment is non-invasive, safe, and not as painful as other treatments such as surgical excision. The light from the laser breaks the ink particles up, and may be absorbed by the body in a few weeks. Tattoos may require multiple treatments. Our established laser center has helped hundreds of patients in tattoo removal since 1997.
should definitely start with laser therapy. Picosecond lasers work quite nicely, Q-switched laser can work quite
well too, but seem to require more treatment sessions. Dark ink tattoos like yours sometimes respond
very well to laser treatment and it would be a shame to jump straight to surgical
excision when a much more elegant option exists for you.
Our office specializes in laser tattoo removal. Your tattoo would be an excellent choice for laser tattoo lightening or laser tattoo removal based on the density of the ink.
Surgical excision requires the removal of an entire section of skin. Therefore, it may be recommended in certain cases where the tattoo is quite small. Inevitably, it will leave a permanent scar.
The use of laser would be the best possible option for your lower back tattoo. With laser, scarring can occur, but it is not inevitable as in the case with excision.
At our clinic, we use the Spectra laser by Lutronic. It uses a wavelength that is safe for all skin tones. And it is able to offer very reliable results.
Fortunately, your tattoo design has a couple advantages for removal
- It is black which is the easiest color to remove. It absorbs laser energy more readily than other colors
- It is centrally located in your body, as opposed to being in the extremities. Therefore, it has easier access to a greater concentration of blood vessels. This is essential for clearing away the shattered tattoo pigments.
Choosing an experienced doctor would also need to be an important consideration for the best results.
Below is a video link from our clinic featuring a patient who had experienced the complete removal of her upper arm black tattoo using the Spectra laser.
I am so glad that you are in a position and ready to remove the tattoo that's caused you so much regret. Laser technology has come a long way in successfully removing unwanted tattoos. Scarring from laser tattoo removal occurs less than 1% of the time. The latest and best system is the Picosure laser. In less than half the number of treatments of the older generation lasers the Picosure can successfully undo that ink. Please don't consider excising the tattoo. The resulting scar would not be a good exchange for the tattoo.
Wishing you all the best! Dr Carr
Thank you for your question. The Picosure laser is the
latest in tattoo removal technologies requiring less treatments then past
lasers. It works great on black tattoos. I recommend setting up a consult with
a qualified physician in your area to map out a treatment plan for you.
Black ink tattoos are the best ones to remove by laser.
There are many laser options including picosecond technology lasers and nanosecond technology lasers and all would be good for this tattoo.
The number of sessions depends on ink density which is not so much in your case.
The number of sessions could also be based on the numbers of ink colors, some of which (like the reds) require different types of lasers 532 nm KTP or PicoWay and others (pastels) which are difficult to treat no matter what types of laser is used.
You should have a good outcome with yours since it is black ink and not so dense.
There are so many good options for removal as compared to excision ( which can leave a huge scar and would require a flap if done on the back ). I would suggest looking into pico laser removal and/or MicropenTR which both work well. the micropen has no limitation to skin type of color. Best, Dr. Emer.