For many people, their tattoos don’t meet their needs anymore. Whether your tattoo is limiting your clothing or employment options, presents a name or message you don’t want to be associated with, or you just want to fix it or even replace it with a new piece, we have a solution. Sometimes only one or two sessions are necessary in order to fade a tattoo for a cover-up. And many times a tattoo can be completely removed for a lower price than what you might think.
We did our research to find the best laser on the market for tattoo removal. We weren’t interested in a laser that was good at doing everything such as hair removal. We sought out the best for TATTOO REMOVAL. Every industry professional we asked (even ones working for other rival laser companies!) kept recommending the same device. We now have the gold standard of tattoo removal lasers, the Hoya Conbio Medlite C6. By using this advanced tattoo removal laser, we can remove many colours of tattoos. Our laser gives our patients the ability to remove most tattoos while keeping the power levels at safe levels. Some other lasers out there do much more damage to your skin and can remove your pigment as they do not have adjustable fluence levels. For most patients, we are able to completely remove an unwanted tattoo in 4 to 14 laser treatments (more or less) spaced 6 – 8 weeks apart. Light, homemade, and faded tattoos are among the easiest to remove. Blowouts (when ink spreads into neighbouring tissue causing a blur around the lines) can often been fixed in only one session. Tattoos with thin lines and shading respond very well to laser treatments and you’ll see relatively fast results. Some tattoos contain a heavier concentration of ink and therefore require more sessions. Many tattoos are totally removed in less than 10 sessions but some can take more.
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Tattoos have been around for at least 5,000 years. The interest in removing them is just about as old. Many of the techniques to remove the tattoos in the past have produced less than desirable results. Dermabrasion, or sanding of the tattoo, chemicals, or even the older CO2 or Argon lasers removed tattoos but left undesirable scars.
At Vancouver Tattoo Removal we use only one of the finest and most advanced lasers available. We perform tattoo removal using the HOYA ConBio Medlite C6 ND: Yag Laser.
This laser is a revolutionary Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser that can remove most colours and most types of tattoos, whether it was done by a professional or amateur, or was the result of trauma or surgery. The unwanted tattoo is targeted by the device which emits a beam of intense light at a specific wavelength. This causes the target molecules (the ink) to vibrate and shatter, breaking down the ink into manageable particles that are then eliminated naturally by the body’s filtration system. Only the dye is targeted by the MedLite laser – not the skin. As a result, there is very little risk of scarring or damage (less than 2% chance). We start off with a lower power setting in the first session to be safe.
The Medlite C6 provides little to no risk of scarring or pigment changes, which were associated with older lasers and dermabrasion. Professional tattoos, on average, require six to fourteen treatments (more or less) while amateur tattoos may require approximately three to six sessions. The type of ink and colour used has a lot to do with how easily it can be broken down by the laser. India ink and Pelikan ink respond better to some of today’s synthetic black inks.
Treatments are spaced approximately four to eight weeks apart. Prices vary depending upon size and colors.
Before undergoing the laser tattoo removal procedure at Vancouver Tattoo Removal, you will receive a complimentary consultation to determine whether this treatment will be effective for your situation.
The MedLite C6 laser will direct short bursts of light at the unwanted tattoo. Each pulse may create a sensation that is similar to a quick snap from a rubber band. The good news is that tattoo removal takes a fraction of the time as getting tattooed. The average procedure lasts under a minute!
Recovery from a session is fairly quick. The area should be kept clean to reduce the risk of infection. Pinpoint bleeding in the treated area may occasionally occur. Any scabs or blisters that form should not be picked or scratched. Please visit our FAQ section to see a more detailed list of aftercare instructions.
After these treatments the tattoo fades and your normal skin tone shows through.