This Boston tattoo removal client took a total of 10 laser tattoo removal treatments to fully remove his sun tattoo from his arm. After nearly 20 years of living with this 90’s tattoo, our client chose to finally move on. To put it into perspective in 1995 the Big Dig was a thing and the lovely greenway was not, Selena was tragically murdered, Toy Story was sent to infinity and beyond and in 1998 a little monster named Google was launched without which, you would probably not be reading this.
Have you ever noticed how old tattoos look faded and blown out? When a tattoo has been in the skin for over 10 years, your own immune system has time to try and chip away and remove a portion of the ink without the need of laser. Our clients find that the older the tattoo is the fewer laser treatments are required.
If you look closely at the original tattoo you will see that there are raised spots. Sometimes, when the tattoo is applied by an amateur tattoo artist, scaring will occur if the tattoo machine is not tuned appropriately or if the tattoo does not heal properly.
When pre-existing scaring is present the tattoo removal process may take longer due to what we call “scar tissue encapsulation”. This is when the tattoo ink is encapsulated in scar tissue. When this happens the laser has to first breakthrough the excess tissue and then needs to breakdown the ink. Only after the ink is broken down can it then be carried away by the immune system. While the laser still effectively breaks down the ink, the body struggles to remove the ink from within the scar tissue.
Yellow and white ink is a challenge to remove due to the chemical composition of the ink. Luckily for this removal client after 20 years of sun exposure, skin cell turnover, and dispersion. We were able to remove the remaining yellow ink using our Revlite SI 532 wavelength. Typically the yellow pigment is less noticeable when the black outline is removed.
Without those two challenges, a tattoo similar to this in age (20 years old) typically removes at a quicker pace. To help this client reach his goals of complete removal The Finery utilizes multiple modalities to give exceptional results.
First, the Revlite SI is used to break down the heavier black line work outline. The 1064 wavelength is attracted to the dense black ink. to break down the heavy line work to set the groundwork for future sessions with the Picosure.
The Picosure is the only Picosecond laser to utilize a 755 wavelength. Where 1064 is the most common for black ink removal, sometimes certain inks respond better to the 755 due to the chemical composition of the tattoo ink. While both 1064 and 755 modalities were used for the linework on this tattoo, we also used the 532 wavelengths to reduce the appearance of the yellow ink.
To address the pre-existing scar tissue, and ink encapsulated within it The Finery also utilized micro-needling treatments. This causes a mechanical breakdown of scar tissue and creates channels for the encapsulated ink to escape through. Micro-needling is used at the end of this client’s process, to ensure all the scar tissue is broken down, the crystalized ink is ready for the immune system to carry it away.
Clients at the Finery Boston will find that in order to keep this clients skin tone even throughout the removal process, we recommended that he apply topical vitamin e oil regularly and to stay out of the sun. Our Detoxin supplement was also utilized by this client to help the body rid itself of the unwanted ink within. The addition of this supplement can reduce the number of laser treatment needed, and help remove the lingering ink particulates that remain 6 weeks post-treatment. After 10 laser treatments and 1 micro-needling treatment, this client has achieved his goals of full removal, with an even and healthy skin tone.
The Finery Boston is a full spectrum laser tattoo removal center located at 661 Boylston Street in Bostons historic Back Bay. The Boston office services all of the Boston Metro area including Cambridge, Quincy, Braintree, Dorchester, Medford, South Boston, Allston, and Brighton. The Finery is Bostons only Tattoo removal center that has performed a cumulative 100,000 treatments using multiple lasers including the Revlite Si, Picosure, Pico Way, Pico Pluss, and Quanta. No other laser center in Boston has more practical, technical and clinical tattoo removal experience.