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Tattoo Removal Treatments in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

Tattoo Removal

 
 

Welcome to Advanced Laser Tattoo Removal! We are Pittsburgh’s expert in effective laser tattoo removal. We offer a free consultation and use the best technology to remove your unwanted tattoo. Our professional medical staff is especially educated and experienced in tattoo removal to give you the best results possible.

 
 

 

 
  Years ago you may have made a decision that would last a life time, have regrets now?? If so we are here to help!  
     
  We have trained certified laser technicians that can help remove that unsightly tattoo:  
 
  • whether it be an ex-boyfriend/girlfriends name
  • permanent tattooed wedding band
  • dare on a night out with some friends
  • you received unsatisfactory art work from a not so experienced tattooist?
  • Amateur tattoos are just that…….amateur! Non-trained individuals will use inferior ink, like that found in a ball point pen to make the tattoo. These tattoos usually respond well to laser energy.
  • Traumatic tattoos are not uncommon, people have all sorts of traumatic injuries that result in the placement of pigments into the dermis. Ex. includes car accidents, falls, getting jabbed with a pen or pencil. These tattoos usually respond well to laser energy.
  • Ect.......
 
     
 

Want a cover up with more pristine art? We can fade your old tattoo to make it easier for your new artist to make your new piece.

 
     
 

Possibly you may want to do your next one “right” – (on certain areas) you may want Permanent Hair Removal on the surface first (so that the hair doesn’t distract the artwork).

 
     
  No matter what the issue, we are here to help.  
     
  The New r20 Technique Cuts Laser Tattoo Removal Time in Half  
     
 

Nineteen-year-old Amanda McDonald had no regrets when she got a tattoo of a star on her arm. But at 39, the stay-athome mom believed the youthful design wasn’t right for her anymore. “My life has changed dramatically since I was younger,” Amanda said. “It just doesn’t fit me anymore. I want to be able to wear tank tops and dresses, and feel comfortable with myself.”

 
     
 

Amanda considered tattoo removal, but knowing it could take over a year to complete, she settled with covering up with long sleeves, sweaters and jackets. But then, she heard about a new procedure that is able to remove tattoos in a fraction of the time. So Amanda made an appointment with Wesley South, a certified laser technician, at Body Beautiful, who performs the procedure.

 
     
 

Called the r20 technique, its results can be seen in just one session. Tattoos that normally would take four treatments to remove now only require one; tattoos that would need eight sessions, now only require two – and so on.

 
     
 

What was done in four months’ time, can be done in one day now. Clients are getting much faster results and when it's faster, it is easier to make the appointment to come in. The one thing that really discourages clients from getting tattoo removals is that they are told that it can sometimes take one to two years to clear a tattoo. Now, it can be done in just a few months!

 
     
 

On the first pass of the laser, the entire tattoo is traced. Gas bubbles form and dissipate. Twenty minutes later, the area is able to be penetrated deeper for the second pass of the laser. Four passes of the laser can be done in one treatment session.

 
     
 

Consider calling Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa to make an appointment for Tattoo Laser removal. One of our certified laser technicians will be happy to speak with you and answer any questions about r20 or any of our other services.

 
     
  How it works  
     
 

With the newest, most effective tattoo removal system. Laser tattoo removal works by a process called Photodisruptive; it is the newest technology and has better results with fewer treatment complications. How photodisruption works is that it causes a micro implosion under the skin that breaks down the tattoo ink into small particles that the body can exfoliate or expel (much the same way a bruise dissipates over time). The microscopic explosion will displace the ink into the epidermis in which case it will be naturally sloughed off because of cellular turnover. The energy is targeted towards the carbon particles or dyes that are found in skin tattoos, allowing selective destruction of the foreign pigment while minimizing damage to the surrounding skin.

 
     
 

Therefore breaking up the pigment/color in your tattoo. Over the next days and weeks the body’s immune system will flush away the broken down ink.

 
     
  Procedure  
     
 

Over the past few years, technology has advanced to allow us to remove tattoos in a series, of 5-30 minute treatments. This allows you to get in and out quickly, as to not interfere with your busy schedule.

 
     
 

We also offer the R20 technique (a recently published study in the American Academy of Dermatology introduced a revolutionary method of removing tattoos with only one or two treatments. The new method, referred to as the R20 method, uses the Q-switched laser in an alternative way).

 
     
 

Instead of only completing one pass of the laser during the office visit, there are several passes used to treat the tattoo during the same visit. The passes are completed with a twenty minute rest in between treatments. Immediately after the treatment pass, there is a whitish appearance of tiny bubbles produced on the surface of the tattoo. The laser cannot target the tattoo through this whitening, so the twenty minute break between treatments is necessary for the whitish bubbles to disappear. After twenty minutes, the whitish appearance has resolved and the laser can once again target the pigment of the tattoo. The R20 method of completing multiple tattoo removal treatments during one office visit allows the laser to reach greater depths that with one single pass of the Q-switched laser. In clinical studies, one treatment was sufficient to nearly clear a tattoo of black ink. The R20 method of tattoo removal is effective and safe; there were not increased side effects seen with the new method of treatment.

 
     
 

 
  What’s another option for removing my tattoo?  
 

For pre-treated, lighter, more faded tattoos, we may recommend using our solution method. This works by implanting the solution (much like implanting ink) with a tattoo needle. Thus, allowing solution to liquefy implanted ink and your body quickly responds by pushing solution and ink to the surface of your skin. Regardless of the color the tattoo is, the surfacing color will look brown. You can actually see color wipe away! It is VERY important to keep the treated area very clean! The color should scab on the surface as a natural protective barrier, but you are also instructed to apply bacitracin ointment and bandage over the area for more protection. Treat this area like a wound that needs tended to. Use your judgment if the area seems to soggy from ointment then let it safely air dry when you can. The objective is to let the “pigmented scab” dry out like a crust and slowly slough off. As it sloughs off, it will take that bit of color with it. DO NOT try to pick it off!!! You do not want to risk getting germs in the wound, making it bleed, prolonging healing time or risk scarring.

 
     
 

You may need more treatments depending on how much pigment YOUR body releases each time. Blue and Green colors seem to be a little more stubborn to release.

 
     
  What is laser tattoo removal and who is a candidate for getting this procedure?  
 

The removal of tattoos is achieved by Selective Thermolysis- (chemical dissipation by means of heat-which basically evaporates your tattoo). Lasers deliver energy targeted toward the carbon particles or dyes found in the tattoo. This allows the foriegn pigment to be selectively destroyed while minimizing damage to your skin.

 
     
 

These lasers can be used on all tattoos, whether they were from medical procedures, injuries, homemade or professionally done. Although each tattoo color responds differently to treatment by tattoo removal lasers, anyone is a good candidate for laser tattoo removal.

 
     
  What kind of laser is used for this procedure?  
 

Q-switched laser. This stands for ‘quality-switched laser’ and refers to the fact that this laser targets short pulses of light energy at a tattoo which cracks open the pigments. Your skin has cells called ‘macrophages’ which are able to remove these broken down pigments from the tattoo. These lasers are effective at targeting the tattoo with minimal or no damage to the surrounding skin.

 
     
  PRICE  
 

At Advanced LTR–Body Beautiful, we are committed to offering the best laser tattoo removal at a reasonable price. You may be surprised how affordable the treatment actually is! Years ago, the same procedure would be less effective and costs tens of thousands of dollars. Today we are able to make tattoo removal less expensive. During your complimentary initial consultation your tattoo will be examined and a price per treatment and estimated number of treatments required will be provided.

 
     
 

It is also important to note that many tattoo removal centers use less expensive and less powerful 'all-in-one' laser systems which in many cases require twice as many treatments than would be required using the more powerful –accurate laser systems available at Advanced Tattoo Removal.

 
     
  Cost of the new R20 Tattoo Removal?  
     
 

Traditional tattoo removal costs $400 per session for a medium 4-8 inche. The R20 method allows four treatments to be performed in one session, and requires only one to three sessions total. The price of one R20 session, usually $1600, is currently on special but a consult is recommended first, 724 987 3221

 
     
  Frequently asked questions  
     
  What do you use to remove a tattoo?  
 

Advanced LTR –Body Beautiful uses an advanced tattoo removal laser – Medlite Hoya Con Bio. This Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is highly effective at removing a wide range of colored ink.

 
     
  How exactly does the laser break up the tattoo ink?  
 

Two key processes break up the ink - the pigment in your tattoo will absorb the energy from the laser and break apart; also, the incredibly fast pulse and energy of the laser will cause the ink to shatter –break down like a sugar cube breaking apart. Some colors (light blue, light green, and teal/turquoise) are difficult to remove completely and patients should expect that no more than 70-80% of this ink can be removed unless the tattoo is very old (20 years or more). The TriWave is more effective than any available laser at breaking down a considerable amount of this ink when used by a highly-trained laser specialist.

 
     
  How does the body remove the shattered ink?  
 

Once the ink is broken down by the tattoo removal laser, the body will respond by moving fluid to the area to help flush away the ink. This immune-response will be obvious to the patient in the form of some swelling and redness in the area. Over the next days and weeks the ink will be flushed away. This doesn't happen overnight. Removing a tattoo takes a number of sessions.

 
     
  Why do I need multiple sessions?  
 

All tattoos layers of ink, stacked on top of each other and a thick concentration of pigment particles that cannot be completely broken down in one session. At Advanced LTR, we'll go over your entire tattoo with the laser, breaking up as much ink as possible in every session. Each session will produce some level of fading, although for very new tattoos the fading may not be as visible because the ink is still so thick and dense. If your tattoo has shading, it will be removed with some degree of ease because shading is just a tattoo without much ink density. It may only take a few sessions to remove this shading.

 
     
  Does it hurt?  
 

Patients describe the feeling as a rubber band slapping off your skin. Many say it is actually less painful than getting the tattoo in the first place and takes just minutes.

 
     
  What should I expect after getting this procedure?  
 

You may experience swelling or a blister for the first few days after the treatment as well as white scabbing immediately following. Continued lightening of the tattoo can be observed for 4-8 weeks after each treatment. Treat with an antibiotic ointment to aid the healing process and prevent infection. Take something along the lines of Tylenol for pain and elevate the treated area to prevent swelling. Make sure to stay out of the sun. Pigmentary changes may occur following laser treatment-so it is possible that your skin may either lighten or darken. The latter is more common following sun exposure.

 
     
 

Before and After Photos

 
     
 

 
     
 

Tattoo Price List

 
 

Remember - We Price Match!

 
 

So call 724-987-3221 for a consult.

 
     
 

1”-3” Small $100 - $199 per session

 
 

4”-7” Medium $200 - 400 per session

 
 

8”+ Large $400 + Per session

 
 

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