Tattoo Removal Specialist
JWR Wellness Clinics provides medically approved tattoo removal in Redlands, CA. You can get laser tattoo removal using enlighten™ laser. Find out more about laser tattoo removal, and then contact Dr. Rhee to receive a free consultation.
Do You Need Tattoo Removal?
As tattoos become more popular, the need to remove them is also increasing. What once seemed to be a masterful work of art often becomes undesirable over the years. People are reminded of past relationships, no longer care for the artwork, or have to hide their ink to fit into the professional world. Whatever the reason, Dr. Rhee can help you clear your tattoos and restore your healthy, natural skin.
Laser tattoo removal is today’s top choice for people looking to remove tattoos. Our office features the advanced enlighten™ laser, the only dual-pulse, dual-frequency laser system. With this highly sophisticated machine, we can successfully remove all of the most popular tattoo colors. Not only black, but reds, yellows, browns, oranges, and even most blues and greens. Unlike the Q-switch lasers used by most of our competitors, our enlighten™ lasers use picosecond lasers which fire the lasers 1000 times faster for much more effective results.
Dr. Rhee can adjust the spot size of the laser and control how deep the light penetrates, allowing for precise, customized care for your specific case. Picosecond pulse duration makes treatment faster and minimizes damage to the surrounding skin during treatment.
This treatment is safe for all skin types, giving people access to healthy, clear skin no matter how light or dark they are.
Before you begin treatment, you will have a consultation with Dr. Rhee. He will explain the process and answer any questions you may have. A customized treatment plan will be made for you to help you obtain the best results.
The duration of your treatment depends on the specifics of your case, but most sessions are about 20 minutes. The laser will pass through the skin and is absorbed by the pigments in the tattoo ink, causing it to break apart into smaller particles. The finest of these can be removed by your body’s natural processes, making the tattoo fade.
The treatment is not painless, but it is not as bad as getting the initial tattoo. Most patients tolerate it well without any type of anesthesia. Topical numbing cream is available if desired to help ease your discomfort.
After treatment, you will be given instructions on caring for the treated area. Make sure to keep the tattoo out of the sun, as your skin will be especially sensitive at this time. You can schedule your next visit six weeks ahead.
To learn more about laser tattoo removal, call JWR Wellness Clinics and make an appointment with us today.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
From the moment that ink is injected into your skin, your immune system goes to battle with it. White blood cells attempt to remove the pigment and process it through the lymph nodes, but can only affect the smallest of particles. This battle is waged constantly. You can see the results in older tattoos as they fade over the years.
A laser speeds up this natural process by breaking apart the pigment into particles small enough for your body to remove them. The concentrated light passes harmlessly through the skin and is absorbed by the ink, where it becomes heat. The ink is fragmented, and your immune system goes to work.
Treating a Full Spectrum
Most tattoo removal systems can effectively target black and dark blue ink. While this is the most common color in tattoos, people who have other pigments can have trouble effectively removing them. Different colors absorb different frequencies of light, so a system like enlighten™ with multiple wavelengths is far more versatile. A picosecond pulse duration, one of the newest advances in laser technology over the past two decades, makes treatment more effective.
Better Than the Alternatives
While the process is painful, it does not require the removal of your skin, as is used in methods like dermabrasion or excision, and has a lower risk of complications. Tattoo removal creams and other topical products often make little, if any, difference at all. With a high rate of success, it is today’s preferred treatment method.
If you are in the Inland Empire and looking for tattoo removal, call our office today to make an appointment.
Tattoo Removal F.A.Q.
What kinds of tattoos can Dr. Rhee remove?
Dr. Rhee is able to remove tattoos with one of the latest and most effective lasers for tattoo removal. This includes black ink tattoos and multi-hued tattoos, as well as tattoos on any skin type and skin color. Wherever you have a tattoo, it can be removed safely and effectively using the enlighten™ laser technique. You can have a tattoo completely removed or simply lightened to cover it up with another tattoo.
What should I expect when getting a tattoo removed at Dr. Rhee’s practice?
When you go to get your tattoo removed, Dr. Rhee will first provide you with a complimentary consultation. During this time he will determine the treatment time and number of sessions it will take to remove your tattoo according to your preference, i.e. partial or total removal. Generally a tattoo requires up to six treatments for total removal. The treatments last approximately seconds to minutes per session, and you need to wait for 6 weeks between sessions for your skin to heal. In terms of pain during a tattoo removal, you will experience some discomfort that is on par with how it felt to get the tattoo. Skin numbing ice pads and creams are available for use as well.
What happens to my tattoos during and after the removal process using enlighten™ laser?
During the tattoo removal session, the area of the ink is treated with picosecond pulse technology. This works much faster than traditional lasers. After the treatment session, the treated area of the tattoo may be covered in a white foam called frosting. This is caused by nitrogen bubbles, not burns from the laser treatment, and it will go away soon after the treatment. It is nothing to be concerned with. In terms of scarring after the tattoo removal process, this is rare and typically avoidable by following post-care instructions by Dr. Rhee.
Does it hurt?
Yes, but it isn’t any worse than getting the tattoo in the first place. If you’re very sensitive, numbing creams are available to help with the discomfort.
How fast will it be?
Your treatment time depends on many factors on the size, color, placement, age, depth, the type of ink used, and whether it was done professionally or not. A treatment session will usually last less than 30 minutes, depending on the size of your tattoo. Most people need between 3-6 treatments to get full clearance.
When can I have my next session?
Your body needs time to remove the ink after your treatment. We recommend leaving 6 weeks in between appointments.
Will it leave a scar?
After a treatment session, you will be given care instructions and asked to keep your tattoo out of the sun. If you follow these instructions, you will experience minimal, if any, scarring.
Why is there white stuff on my tattoo?
Immediately after treatment, nitrogen bubbles will form on the surface of your skin. Known as “frosting,” this is temporary and should disappear soon after a treatment session.
Where can tattoos be removed from?
Anywhere that you can put a tattoo, we can remove a tattoo.
I’ve heard darker skin colors can’t be treated with lasers. Is that true?
Our office uses the most advanced laser platform available, and it can safely treat people of any skin color. With many other systems, this is not possible.
Will it work on all of the colors of my tattoo?
We use an advanced laser platform that can target all of the most common tattoo colors. Some pigments, such as pinks and purples, may not respond as well as others to laser treatment.
Does it really work?
Yes, it really works. Laser tattoo removal is safe and effective, and picosecond technology makes our treatments work even better than most other laser platforms.
How much will it cost?
The cost of tattoo removal depends on many factors, including size, location, age, and pigments used. You will receive an estimate during your consultation with Dr. Rhee.
If your question about tattoo removal was not answered here, please feel free to ask during your appointment with Dr. Rhee.