Tattoo Removal & Leg Veins


» About Tattoo Removal:

Say Goodbye to your tattoo!
Tattoos Are no longer forever.

Decorative tattooing in humans can be traced back thousands of years. So can the desire to remove them. Today, while nearly 10% of adults in the United States have tattoos, more than half regret them, and would like to have them eliminated. What looks good at 18 may seem undesirable 20 years later. Viewed by teenagers as self-expression and identity, tattoos may create barriers to employment and social acceptance at a more mature age. In addition, as there colors fade and the skin looses elasticity, tattoos may become defacements rather than decorations.

Q- Switched lasers now provide a safe and effective way of removing tattoos. Eliminating tattoos, this laser treatment leaves natural-looking skin.

Q) How does the Q-Switched laser work?
A) The Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser delivers light quickly in billionths of a second at a very high energy. These pulses are absorbed by the tattoo, breaking it in to pigment particles small enough for removal by the body.

Q) What kind of tattoos can be treated?
A) Q- Switched laser systems can now remove all types of tattoos with little or no scarring. Professional and amateur, as well as traumatic tattoos, resulting from accidents are treated successfully. The Q-Switched laser can also remove cosmetic tattoos, such as eye or lip liner.

Q) Is it safe?
A) Q- Switched laser technology offers high efficiency at very low risk. It enables effective tattoo removal with little chance of side effects.

Q) Can the Q- switched laser remove all color tattoos?
A) The Q- switched Nd: YAG is the workhorse of tattoo removal. The Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser is especially suited to the removal of dark blue and black inks. The frequency doubled Q- switched Nd: YAG laser is used to remove red and orange tattoos.

Q) What can I expect with this treatment?.
A) While Pain tolerance is an individual matter, most people tolerate Q-Switched tattoo treatment well, and describe the sensation as a rubber band snap to the skin. The majority of patients require no anesthesia, though topical anesthetic is an option for sensitive areas.

In determining the number of treatments necessary, the physician will consider such factors as tattoo location, and patient’s age and skin type.


The Q-Switched Laser Advantage

Tattoo removal methods have existed just as long as the process itself. However, the scaring and pain associated with these procedures is often more offensive than the tattoo itself. Salabrasion and dermabrasion- the “sanding” of the pigmented skin- cause trauma, bleeding and significant scarring. Invasive incisions- the actual cutting out of tattoos- leaves scars and is suitable for small areas. For larger tattoos, skin grafting, which leaves scars at the sites of both graft and tattoo, is necessary.

Q-Switched Nd: YAG lasers offer significant advantages over previous methods for tattoo removal, and are presently the treatment of choice for tattoo removal.


» About Leg Veins:

Get Out your Swimsuit!

Prominent leg veins are a widespread source of embarrassment. While not life- threatening, they may force you to “ cover up”, and deny yourself the pleasures of outdoor activity, warm weather and light, free clothing.

In the past, leg vein treatment was painful and invasive, but today virtually painless beams of light can solve this problem quickly. In just a few treatments, your unsightly veins will fade from view, while you take center stage poolside.

Q) How Does The Nd:Yag Laser Work?
A) Laser penetrates the skin, raising the temperature of the blood vessel and safely coagulating it. Treated veins gradually shrink and become less visible or disappear altogether. The laser allows for customized treatments of veins, including some of those that do not respond to other treatment methods.

Q) What Can I Expect?
A) Treatment may vary from 15-30 minutes. Multiple sessions spanning several months may be necessary, but the exact number of treatments depends on the size of the vein and your body’s ability to heal. During your consultation, you will receive an estimate of the number of treatments required to obtain optimal results. No special pre- or post-treatment care is required, but patients are advised to limit sun exposure and use sunscreen for several weeks before and after treatment.

Q) What Types of Veins Can Be Treated With Laser?
A) A variety of leg veins, ranging from the most superficial to deeper blood vessels respond well to laser therapy. Candidates for this therapy include “spider Veins”, very small veins caused by dilation of the minute vessels that sit near the skin’s surface, and reticular veins, the small, bluish colored veins that carry blood to the skin’s tiny vessels.

The laser causes no actual damage to the overlying skin. However, temporary bruising and darkening of the skin may result, and will disappear in several days or weeks. Fading is generally excellent, but it may take several months to see final results.

Q) Does It Hurt?
A) While pain tolerance is an individual matter, most people tolerate laser treatment well, and describe the sensation as a rubber band snap to the skin. The majority of patients require no anesthesia, though topical anesthetic is an option for the more sensitive areas.

Q) Is it safe?
A) The laser’s parameters are specially designed to match your skin type, assuring exceptionally exact and gentle treatment. Patients of all skin colors can be treated safely. Clinical Trails conducted by leading authorities on laser light document its safety and effectiveness.

The Laser Advantage

Laser treatment effectively causes leg veins to fade and disappear. With few, if any, side effects, and no downtime, this is in office procedure is non-invasive and effective.

Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for both spider veins and varicose veins. In this procedure, the doctor injects a solution in the vein that causes its walls to seal shut. Sclerotherapy may be accompanied by temporary stinging or cramps, small sores bruising. Certain veins may require an in hospital procedure, surgical stripping, which involves making an incision in the skin and removing the damaged blood vessel. Ambulatory phlebectomy removes undesired veins through a series of tiny incisions along the path of an enlarged vein.

Unlike other options, laser treatment does not incorporate needles. It is not an invasive surgical procedure, and requires no local or general anesthesia.