Should I shop around for tattoo removal estimates?
Hello, thank you for your question. I believe that you should shop around for laser tattoo removal as the cost and number of sessions can vary from region to region as well as cost can be determined by the type of device being used. The latest technology in laser tattoo removal is the Pico-Second technology. The PicoWay Laser (Candela/Syneron) uses photoacoustic
impact/pressure waves rather than photothermal/heat.This process has less heat, therefore it is
more comfortable and the chances of hyperpigmentation are less.The Pico-second pulse shatters the ink into
even smaller particles, allowing the body to more easily absorb the ink. This type of device can usually remove a tattoo in about half as many treatments as the Q-switch devices. This type of equipment may be more costly than traditional lasers used for tattoo removal, but it will probably be faster. Your ink looks very heavy, it may take as many as 20 sessions, and patience is definitely an important virtue, both in healing and allowing your body time for it to filter out the particles. I would recommend that you check with a board certified dermatologist for best/safest results. You can check to see if there is a provider in your area by clicking on the attached web reference and putting in your zip code.
Tattoo Removal -- Pico/Q Switched Laser
Tattoos should be removed with q switched or pico lasers, we will often combine with fractional lasers to help speed the process. No matter the device it will take several treatments to see the outcome depending on your response and the technology. Please consult with a laser expert. Best, Dr. Emer
Tribal Chest Tattoo removal
Tribal tattoo designs tend to take a greater number of sessions as there is a high density of ink particles. 20 is a high guess but not grossly exaggerated as it certainly happens. 6 weeks is a good time spacing. You will likely need both 1064nm and 532 nm wavelengths to treat black and red respectively. Unfortunately there is no "rushing" tattoo removal. The most important consideration when selecting a tattoo removal provider is experience and the availability of multiple wavelengths which usually means more than one tattoo removal laser device on site.
Lisa Vuich, MD