Laser Tattoo Removal Specialist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
People opt for laser tattoo removal for various reasons as personal circumstances and preferences change over time. If you are looking for a laser tattoo removal specialist who can get you the results you’re looking for, connect with Dr. Christopher Orenczak at Advanced Health of Oakbrook or book online to schedule an appointment. You can also visit our clinic conveniently located at 17W705 Butterfield Road Suite E, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.
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What Laser do you use?
How does laser tattoo removal work?
How long does it take to get a tattoo removed with a laser?
What should I avoid before laser tattoo removal?
What to expect with laser tattoo removal treatment?
At Advanced Health of Oakbrook you will be treated with the ClearLift laser which was developed by industry leader Alma Lasers. One of the benefits of the ClearLift laser is its ability to remove dark and multicolored tattoos. The ClearLift is a state-of-the-art q-switched ND: Yag laser which minimizes the risks of scarring or loss of skin color (hypopigmentation).
Previous laser tattoo removal systems were often less effective at dealing with most kinds of tattoos. Moreover, these lasers lacked the precision needed to limit risks of permanent damage to the skin. Luckily, ClearLift is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted tattoos.
Every color of ink requires a different wavelength of light and amount of energy to be efficiently removed.
ClearLift is a high-powered Q-switched laser that can operate 2 different wavelengths to be effective with darker colors, brighter colors like red and orange.
The treatment breaks down the ink particles without causing damage to the skin. This is achieved by a Photo-Acoustic effect created by the impact of the laser energy delivered with very short pulses to the targeted ink. Over time, your body’s natural healing processes (the lymphatic system) removes the ink fragments from your body. This allows your tattoo to fade with only minimal risks of scarring or skin discoloration.
The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the size and complexity of the tattoo and the colors used.
Generally speaking, tattoos that are larger or more intricate will take longer to remove than smaller, simpler designs. In addition to this, some colors, particularly dark ones like black or blue, are easier to remove than others like red or green.
Most people will require several sessions of laser removal to completely erase a tattoo. While the number of sessions varies from person to person, it typically falls somewhere in the range of 3-10, with each one taking anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more depending on the size, location, and color of the tattoo.
Certain activities and/or substances can interfere with tattoo removal treatment and increase the risk of side effects. Below are some things you should avoid before your scheduled session:
● Alcohol. Don’t drink alcohol at least 24 hours before the treatment, as it can lead to dehydration and make the skin more sensitive.
● Antibiotics. If you’re on antibiotics, it’s recommended that you wait until you have completed your course of treatment before undergoing laser tattoo removal.
● Blood Thinners. Avoid taking any blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medication a few days before the treatment, as these drugs can increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
● Chemical Peels. Refrain from getting chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or other types of exfoliating treatments for at least two weeks before the laser tattoo removal.
● Sun Exposure. It’s recommended to avoid the sun or use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher leading up to your appointment, as sun exposure can cause skin irritation or discoloration.
● Tanning. Avoid tanning or using self-tanners as the skin can become more sensitive and this can lead to skin discoloration.
● Waxing or Hair Removal. Any hair removal methods should be avoided for at least three to five days before the treatment.
When you decide to undergo laser tattoo removal treatment, there are a few things that you should expect during the process, which include:
● Initial Consultation. Before the actual treatment, you will have an initial consultation with a qualified physician or laser technician. You may opt for a phone consultation or an in person appointment. During your consultation the specialist will evaluate your tattoo, discuss the expected outcome of the treatment, and answer any questions you may have.
● Multiple Sessions. Complete removal of a tattoo requires multiple sessions, usually between 6 to 12, depending on the size and colors of the tattoo. Each session is spaced 4-6 weeks apart to allow the skin enough time to heal.
● Protective Eyewear. During the laser tattoo removal treatment, you will be required to wear protective eyewear to prevent injury to your eyes from the laser.
● Pain and Discomfort. Laser tattoo removal can be painful, with most patients describing it as a rubber band snapping against their skin. Ice will be used to numb the area and help soothe the skin.
● Recovery Time. After each session, the treated area may be swollen, become red, and/or blister. It’s essential to keep the area clean and use your after care kit.
● Results. Laser tattoo removal takes time, and the results aren’t immediate. Improvement is usually seen after two to three sessions, and the tattoo will continue to fade with each additional session.
At Advanced Health of Oakbrook, our team of tattoo removal specialists can help you get the results you’re looking for in a professional and effective manner. Contact us today for more information about our laser tattoo removal services or book online to schedule an appointment. Visit our clinic conveniently located at 17W705 Butterfield Road Suite E, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181. We serve patients from Oakbrook IL, Downers Grove IL, Hinsdale IL, Elmhurst IL, Westmont IL, Western Springs, La Grange IL, and the surrounding areas.