Medlite Tattoo Removal
Want that ink gone? Remove it with Medlite Tattoo Removal
Tattoos are like diamonds; they last forever. At least that's the way it used to be. Today, although not as simple as tossing aside a piece of jewelry, it is possible to get rid of a tattoo you no longer want. Due to the complexity of the tattoo removal process, it is important to receive treatment from an experienced professional who considers factors such as location, size, and the age of the tattoo when planning treatment.
Patients who visit Dermatology on Bloor can consult with and receive care from extensively trained physicians who have the precise skill in technologies to effectively and safely remove unwanted ink. Drs. Schachter, Hanna, Curtis, Abdulla, Pollack and Taradash have successfully treated numerous patients with the Medlite Tattoo Removal System used in our Toronto practice.
The Medlite Tattoo Removal System employs not one but two wavelengths of light. Working together, these differing wavelengths penetrate the skin to break up pigment and fade tattoos quickly. Various pigments may fade at different rates. Typically, pigments like purple, orange, red, black, and dark blue fade more quickly than yellow and green hues. The Medlite has been successful in treating both professional tattoos and those done "at home," as well as surgical tattoos. The system has yet to be tested on cosmetic tattoo work like lipstick or eyeliner.
If you are considering tattoo removal, it is important that you know removal is a process, not a one-time procedure. Several appointments are scheduled over a period of a few months in order to continually break up remaining pigments until the tattoo is nothing but a distant memory. The number of treatments needed varies based on the depth of ink, the type of ink that was used, how much ink was used, and the size of the tattoo. Sessions are not typically described as painful; more like a "snapping" sensation. Patients who visit Dermatology on Bloor for tattoo removal may have topical numbing cream applied before their session if needed.
You are no longer tied to that tattoo forever. For information on tattoo removal in Toronto, call Dermatology on Bloor at 647-426-2847.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser energy is delivered to the tattoo, targeting the ink and breaking it down into smaller particles. The particles are eliminated by the body natural processes resulting in a lightening of the tattoo ink.
How many treatments will tattoo removal require?
The number of laser treatments needed for tattoo removal is dependent on a number of variables such as ink type, size of the tattoo, type of laser used, lifestyle habits, etc. During your consultation, Drs. Daniel Schachter, Sam Hanna, and Anne Curtis will evaluate your tattoo and recommend a realistic treatment regime to help you achieve the best results.
How often will I need treatments?
While it typically it takes 4-6 weeks for the body to absorb ink particles, every patient and tattoo responds differently. Following the recommended post treatment protocol will likely improve the results and reduce the chance of adverse events.
Can I have only a portion of my tattoo removed?
Yes, our laser provides energy precisely enough so that a small amount of a tattoo may be removed without affecting the surrounding tattoo. Please consult with Drs. Daniel Schachter, Sam Hanna, and Anne Curtis to discuss your individual goals.
How much does tattoo removal cost?
The cost of laser tattoo removal depends on several factors, including the size of tattoo and the number of treatments it will require. After your consultation, the practitioner will provide you a price estimate for the treatment series.
Can I lighten the tattoo to have another one put on top?
Tattoos can be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. We recommend that you wait six weeks between your last treatment and when you have the new tattoo completed.
Does tattoo removal hurt?
This procedure is slightly more uncomfortable than getting a tattoo, however it is very fast. Many treatments may take less than a minute. Your physician will work with you on the best pain management option for you based on your individual situation.
Will I blister and scab afterwards?
Blisters and scabs can be a normal response to tattoo removal. Keep the skin over it covered with a healing ointment and gauze to promote healing and prevent scarring.
Does insurance cover tattoo removal treatments?
Most insurance companies will not cover laser tattoo removal since it is considered an elective cosmetic procedure. The team at Dermatology On Bloor is happy to provide you insurance company with any documentation needed to assess your claim.
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Dermatology on Bloor has been recognized by Consumer's Choice as a top cosmetic dermatology clinic in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014