Articles on tattoo removal

Can Permanent Tattoo Be Removed

Dr. Shreeshail Kumbar, Dermatologist
A tattoo which was once a great fashion can become boring after some time and one start regretting. No worries tattoo can be removed permanently by lasers.Laser tattoo removal is safe and effective modality of treatment for all sizes and most colored inks.Tattoo is made by a motorized needle which pricks skin with a small needle and at the same time injects different inks into your skin to get desired picture.Fractional Q switched ND YAG laser is ideal treatment for removing tattoo permanently.How does Fractional Q switch Nd YAG laser works?Fractional Q Switched Nd YAG laser works by breaking down the pigment with high intensity laser light.Laser basically targets tattoo ink of different colors depending on its chromophore without damaging normal structures of skin.The broken down fragments of tattoo ink are taken away by Macrophage scavenger cells in the skin which are part of body's defence mechanism and removed .How many sitting of laser are needed for complete results?Ideally around 4-8 sittings are needed for desired results at a gap of 4-6 weeks.Which all colored inks can laser target?Fractional Q switched Nd YAG laser can remove Blue, Black, Brown and Red tattoo very effectively.Green tattoo doesn’t absorb laser due to different wave length and chromophore so bit difficult and may need more sessions .How painful is this treatment?It is not a very painful treatment. Pain factor is totally subjective and also depends on depth and thickness of ink.What are the after effects of Laser tattoo removal?After effects can be immediate or delayed.Immediate are redness, swelling, crusting and mild pain,Long term effects other than complete clearance of tattoo, there can be rarely ghost effect (shadow effect) where skin may not get original color, there can be incomplete removal,One should avoid direct sunlight for 5-7 days and need to apply antiseptic cream for a week.

Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment- Faqs

Dr. Nithya Raghunath, Dermatologist
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?Lasers emit a powerful but safe, single wave-length beams of light. Laser light, properly utilized, can pass harmlessly through skin layers to reach the ink in your unwanted tattoo. The ink particles are broken down into many smaller ink particles. The smaller particles are processed by the body’s natural cleansing mechanism and removed.Does tattoo removal hurt?The removal process is described as equivalent to the discomfort they experienced when their tattoo was originally applied. However, to make the removal of your tattoo as pain-free as possible we can apply both mechanical and pharmaceutical agents. We begin your procedures with the application of a local anesthetic cream to anesthetise the skin. How bad does tattoo removal hurt?The local/tumescent anesthesia is a painless infiltration of local anesthetic given by our cosmetic surgeon. Most patients are fine with a topical lidocaine/tetracaine gel, but for large areas, or for patients with hyper-sensitive skin, we can use the tumescent anesthesia to help insure all your treatments are virtually pain free.Can anyone remove my tattoo with lasers?High-tech laser equipment experience and techniques are all critical to safe and successful tattoo removal. Each tattoo is unique. Different inks in different people differ in response to treatment. It is important to customize every treatment plan, choosing which lasers to use, the correct wavelength, the optimal energy levels and laser spot sizes necessary for the safest, quickest and most effective treatment of your unwanted tattoo.How many treatments does tattoo removal take?Latest laser technology will minimize the number of sessions required to remove your tattoo. Depending on the color of the ink we have found that typically 2 to 6 sessions are required. Ink clears gradually with treatments. Treatments are separated in time by 2-6 weeks in order to allow the body’s immune system to clear the layered ink. Over time, the tattoo color appearance fades.Does my tattoo size determine how many treatments I will need?No. Most people mistakenly believe that a tattoo’s size determines the number of treatments needed. Other factors are more important. Certain color inks and the style of tattoos are more challenging to remove and may require more treatments than others.On what areas of the body can laser tattoo removal be performed?Tattoos of all sizes are treatable throughout the entire body.Can I lighten my tattoo to be able to cover it with a new tattoo?Sure! Tattoo artists often refer us patients to lighten or fade their tattoos so that cover up work and adjustments can be made. This allows for greater choice in new tattoo design and improves the final result.Am I going to have to take off from work or school for tattoo removal treatments?No. Most people go back to work or school the same day or next. The only exceptions may be my patients with multiple tattoos, sleeves or very large tattoos. Sometimes these patients choose to take a day off.How much does tattoo removal cost?Laser tattoo removal is affordable for even the tightest budgets. We assess your tattoo on an individual basis. Am I a candidate for laser tattoo removal?There are only a few things that will prevent you from being about to receive tattoo removal:1. If you are pregnant it is recommended that you wait for tattoo removal2. If your tattoo is brand new, within the last 6-8 weeks

Laser Hair Removal: Overview

Dr. Venu Kumari, Dermatologist
Are you tired of shaving, plucking, or waxing? Do you get razor bumps or acne-like breakouts when you get rid of unwanted hair? If so, you may want to consider laser hair removal. Dermatologists use lasers to remove unwanted facial and body hair safely and effectively. Thanks to advances in technology, most people can safely have laser hair removal. Removing the unwanted hair often requires a few office visits. Most patients need between 2 to 6 treatments. Afterwards, most patients are free of the unwanted hair for several months. When the hair regrows, most patients see noticeably less hair than before. The hair also tends to be finer and lighter in color. Laser hair removal can be repeated when the hair regrows. What dermatologists treat: The lasers designed for hair removal can be used on most parts of the body. Many lasers effectively treat large areas. Laser hair removal can treat the: Back Bikini area Chest Face, especially the upper lip and chin Neck ShouldersInsurance coverage: Insurance does not cover laser hair removal. To help you decide whether this treatment is right for you, you should review the following facts. Warning:Laser hair removal can be dangerous in inexperienced hands. Burns, permanent changes to your skin color, and scars can occur. You can greatly reduce the risk of possible side effects by having your treatment performed by a medical doctor who is extremely skilled in using lasers and has in-depth knowledge of the skin.  The AAD recommends that you choose a certified dermatologist to perform laser treatments.What must you do after getting laser hair removal? To avoid possible side effects, all patients need to protect their skin from the sun. After laser hair removal, you should: Avoid direct sunlight from hitting your treated skin. Not use a tanning bed, sun lamp, or any other indoor tanning equipment. Follow your dermatologist’s after-care instructions.You will see some redness and swelling after treatment. This often looks like a mild sunburn. Applying a cool compress can help reduce your discomfort. Is there downtime? No, laser hair removal generally does not require any real downtime. Immediately after having laser hair removal, your treated skin will be red and swollen. Despite this, most people return to their everyday activities. When will I see the results after having laser hair removal? You will likely see the results immediately after treatment. The results vary from patient to patient. The color and thickness of your hair, area treated, type of laser used, and color of your skin all affects the results. You can expect a 10% to 25% reduction in hair after the first treatment. To remove the hair, most patients need 2 to 6 laser treatments. After finishing the treatments, most patients do not see any hair on the treated skin for several months or even years. When the hair regrows, there tends to be less of it. The hairs also tend to be finer and lighter in color. How long will the results of laser hair removal last? Most patients remain hair free for months or even years. When some of the hair regrows, it will likely be less noticeable. To keep the area free of hair, a patient may need maintenance laser treatments. What are the possible side effects? The most common side effects are minor and last 1 to 3 days. These side effects include: Discomfort Swelling Redness    

Laser Hair Removal Overview

Dr. Bhavesh Shah, Dermatologist
Laser hair removal has come a long way since the first laser for hair removal received FDA clearance in the mid 1990s. Older generation lasers were slow, very painful and worked only on individuals with very dark hair and very light skin. Now there are varieties of laser hair removal specially designed for different skin tones, hair types, etc. It usually takes a series of treatments for permanent hair removal, but there’s a treatment out there for just about everyone. Types of Lasers used for hair removalNo single laser is ideal for every individual. Depending on your skin and hair colour, some lasers will be more effective than others. Diode LaserLonger wavelength allows deep penetration into the skin and safety for darker skin typesNot effective for lighter and finer hair Smaller spot size, which results in longer treatment timeThe longer treatment time necessary for diode laser hair removal  Nd:YAG laserCan be used on all skin types, including tanned skin Large spot sizes and fast repetition rates allow large areas to be treated quickly Provides less effective treatment for fine and light hairs than some other hair removal lasers Ruby LaserFirst laser introduced for hair removal Laser beam is well absorbed by melanin pigment in hair, making it good for removing finer, lighter hair Should be used for hair removal on patients with fair skin, as it may burn those with dark or tan skin Slow repetition rate and relatively small spot size, which may mean a longer, more expensive treatment with greater discomfort Alexandrite LaserThe fastest hair removal laser Large spot size (up to 18mm) and high repetition rate Can rapidly treat large body areas - an entire back can be treated in less than 30 minutes Suitable for patients with fair to olive complexions Intense pulsed light (IPL)Used for hair removal, but primary use is to treat skin pigmentation problems Unlike lasers, IPL devices emit the full spectrum of light wavelengths Works best on patients with fair skin and dark hair 

Is Laser Hair Removal The Right Thing To Choose?

Dr. Dhwani Shah (Vakta), Dermatologist
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)Excessive hair growth can be caused by the hormonal shifts of puberty, pregnancy or menopause. You may also have unwanted hair growth patterns caused by heredity, medication, hormone replacement therapy, diseases or other reasons. In any case, hair growing where you don’t want it to is a problem, no matter what the cause!No matter what way you may use to remove unwanted hair, be it waxing, threading, bleaching, plucking or shaving, laser treatment for hair removal is permanent, safe and easy!Not just women, even men are walking in for laser Hair removal for Beard Shaping, Unwanted hair on ears, chest etc.1. What is LASER hair removal?It is non invasive treatment of removing unwanted hair by using laser machines. which are specifically designed for it.2. How does it work?The laser gets absorbed in the melanin of hair follicle (the growth centre of hair) and it increases the temperature to destroy follicular cell permanently.3. How does the DIODE LASER  works?The High Speed DIODE  is a laser that produces a larger beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted is well absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. During the procedure, the laser pulses for a fraction of a second, allowing the hair to absorb the light and heat up, without damaging surrounding skin.As it heats up, the hair shaft and bulb are damaged which significantly impedes its ability to re-grow.4. Is LASER painful?You may feel a tingling or snapping sensation like a rubber band. It is definitely less than waxing and Electrolysis.5. Why multiple treatments are required?Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments. This is because the laser works best when hairs are in an early growth stage (referred to as anagen), and all the hair are not in this phase at the same time.6. How much time is there between sessions?Subsequent sessions are scheduled when the hair begins to regrow. The timing for this can range from four to eight weeks, depending on hair type and the part of the body being treated. On average, appointments are scheduled 4-6 weeks apart.7. What are the advantages over electrolysis?It is invasive technique and has side effects, as well as very time consuming because single hair is removed at a time. 8. Is is beneficial to alternative treatment?The primary benefits of laser hair removal include:Larger areas may be treated with less discomfort than with electrolysis, waxing or tweezing.It offers you a long term reduction in both the amount of hair, and also in many cases a reduction in thickness.It is safest and fastest amongst all methods of permanent reduction.9. Is treatment Economical?Considering the life long 4-6 weeks visits to parlours, investment of time, energy, money for nearly 18-20 years. Laser treatment is most economical.How?Saving time and energy:As you probably have to visit 3-12 sessions depending on response. Some will get 80-90% results in three, some in 5, average is 6-7.Patients with hormonal imbalance, post electrolysis, resistant follicles etc. needs more sessions.you are almost saving 17 years of your 3-4 weekly visits to parlours .Saving of money: Spending small amount of money every 3-4 weeks for 18-20 yrs would mount to huge total, spending little more just for few sessions will definitely be less than any treatment available today10. Are there any possible side effects?The appearance of the treated area immediately following treatment will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of the procedure and skin type.Side effects, if any, are usually minor.There may be some redness and swelling around the treated hair follicles; this is a desired clinical result indicating that the follicle has responded to treatment.This reaction typically disappears within hours. Most people return to normal activity right away.   Limiting sun exposure before and after each treatment will minimize the risk of complications.11. What areas of the body can be treated?All parts of body can be treat with hair removing Laser.Laser Hair treatments work best in lighter skinned, darker haired patients. Because the primary target in hair follicles is melanin pigment (the “color” in skin and hair), less laser energy is absorbed by the skin and more by the hair follicle. The darker and thicker the hair, higher the chances of removing it. Lighter hair will be reduced but may not go away completely.Treatment areas in women: Face, Upper lip, Side lock, Chin, Forehead, Nose, Arms, Forearms, Legs, Thighs, Full body, Back, Chest, Abdomen.Treatment areas in men: Beard shaping, Shoulder, Back, Ear lobes, Brow separation .12. Are there restrictions of activity?You can go directly to work after treatment. Only avoid direct sunlight.

How About Tattooing Your Teeth

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
Bored with body art?Tattooed TEETH allow people to display their loved one on their crownsTooth tattoos are an emerging trend as people seek to decorate their mouths with images of their favorite thingsTattoos can’t yet be applied to healthy teeth, but for patients requiring a crown a tooth tattoo becomes a viable optionA dental stain tattoo is no more painful than having a more typical crown fitted. The process involves a dentist taking an impression of the tooth where the crown is to be fitted.The tooth mold is then sent to somewhere like the dental lab where the design is added and the crown is fired in an oven at 212 degrees.Called “tatteeth,” the procedure can unfortunately only be done for people who need dental crowns.In order to tattoo a tooth, a dentist takes an impression of the tooth that needs to be fitted with a crown, which is then sent to a lab that can add the design.The first tattoo on a tooth was nearly 20 years ago, at the Suburbia Dental Laboratory in Bloomfield, Conn., when a customer asked for an image of a corvette to be put on his crown.Merits and Demerits of Dental Tattoos: The prime advantage of tooth tattoo is that the procedure is painless. Furthermore, the tattoos can easily be removed in five minutes in the dentist’s office with just a little grinding with a rubber wheel. The major disadvantage is the possibility of plaque build-up around the tattoo, causing an increasing chance of tooth decay.  But with good oral hygiene, this can be avoided.  Further dental tattoos sometimes get abraded with time and needs to be replaced. Moreover unnecessary removal of tooth structure weakens the tooth which compromises the longevity of the tooth. CONCLUSION:Normally this artwork is created on the back teeth, the molars or bicuspids. Most people prefer having it on the cheek side of the tooth, some on the tongue side. They are seen only when the person that has one wants to share what they have, by pulling their cheek out so it could be seen. This artistic medical boom is still in its primitive form and needs lot more research and advancement. This imagination of vibrating, beautiful tattoos which can pick up bacteria to diagnose disease is soon going to not only revolutionize dentistry but also the medical profession. Thus it would be apt to call these tattoos a tattoo with a purpose.

Laser Hair Removal - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Nithya Raghunath, Dermatologist
In the past, the usual remedies for unwanted hair were plucking, shaving, waxing, or chemical depilatories. Some are painful, some are messy, and all are only temporary. Laser hair removal is an FDA-approved process of permanently reducing or eliminating unwanted hair on almost any part of the body except near the eyes. The process takes anywhere from several minutes to several hours, depending on the area of the body involved.What is laser hair removal?Laser hair removal uses a low-energy laser, which passes through the patient's skin, being absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. Each pulse of the laser targets and inactivates a large number of hair follicles. Approximately 3-6 treatments are necessary, although some people do require more treatments.Inadequately trained technicians can cause permanent scarring, hyperpigmentation and disfigurement. Always make sure the person who is performing any laser treatment has the required training and experience as well as the correct laser for your skin type and color. Popular areas of treatment include the brows, lip, chin, chest, shoulders, neck, back, legs, thighs, arms, underarms and ears.Is the hair removal permanent?During each treatment session, a certain percentage of the hair follicles are damaged such that hair will not grow from them again. With each treatment session, additional hair follicles are damaged until hair is completely absent in most cases.Is the treatment painful?There is some discomfort during laser hair removal, but the pain is generally less than waxing or electrolysis. Depending on how aggressive the treatment session is, the skin may be slightly to significantly pink following treatment. A certified dermatologist offers a potent numbing medication, which significantly dulls the pain. In most cases, no anesthesia is necessary.For maximal results, it is best to avoid bright sunlight for approximately 10 days prior to treatment. The area to be treated should be shaved immediately prior to the treatment. The aftercare is minimal. Sun exposure should be avoided for a few days after treatment.What are the risks and side effects of laser hair removal?The possibility exists that some side effects or complications can occur given various variables, including:NormalItching, during treatmentRedness for up to 3 daysSwelling (around the mouth) up to 3 daysPain, tingling, or feeling of numbnessRareCrusting/scab formation (on ingrown hairs)BruisingPurpura (purple coloring of the skin) on tanned areasInfectionTemporary pigment change (hypo-pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation)Side effects occur infrequently and, as a rule, generally are temporary. If any of the above last for more than 3 days, make sure to contact your doctor. The doctor needs to know in order to adjust settings on your following treatment.What are the stages of hair growth and how does it affect me?There are three phases of the hair growth cycle:Anagen (active) is the growing phase or when the hair fiber is produced. During anagen, the hair contains a great quantity of melanin, the pigment which gives your hair its color. This is the phase during which laser hair removal treatment is most effective.Catagen (club hair) is the period of controlled regression of the hair follicle. This phase is when the lower part of the hair stops growing, but does not shed, and the follicle is reabsorbed. It will be difficult for permanence to be achieved when the hair is in the catagen growth cycle.Telogen (tired) is the last of the hair growth cycle. In this resting phase, the old hair falls out in preparation for the development of a new anagen hair. Permanence cannot be achieved when the hair are in the telogen growth cycle.

Understanding Laser Tattoo Removal

Dr. Jolly Shah Kapadia, Dermatologist
If you are having second thoughts about your tattoo, and want it to be removed or modified, modern medicine can do it safely for you.Medical lasers are a very good solution for tattoo removal.How does the Laser work?Laser emits a very intense light which crosses the top layers of skin. It is selectively absorbed by tattoo ink particles. They get heated up and break down into smaller fragments. The body cells gradually clear off the broken tattoo particles.Is Laser Tattoo Removal Safe?In expert hands, Laser tattoo removal is a very safe procedure. This is because lasers are very target oriented and they do not affect the tissue surrounding the tattoo.How many sessions will I require for removing my tattoo?The number of treatments required for maximum improvement depends on the size, location, duration, depth and colour of your tattoo, and also your skin colour and your skin’s ability to heal. Typically, 3-10 tattoo laser removal treatments are required to remove a tattoo.Older tattoos are can be cleared off relatively faster.What is the time interval between the treatments?Treatments are spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart to allow your body to remove the maximum of the destroyed tattoo pigment.Will I get faster result if I finish the treatments faster?No. You have to give your body enough time to clear the destroyed tattoo pigment particles. Treatments with a shorter interval will not clear the tattoo faster.Can I remove only a part of my tattoo?Yes. Lasers are very precise, hence, we can remove small specific areas of a tattoo if you want so. Do I need to take any special care before the Laser tattoo removal treatment ?No. You don’t require any extra care before the treatment.Is Laser tattoo removal painful?There is minimal discomfort, with the sensation like a rubber band snapping on the skin. We use a numbing cream or numbing injections to make you comfortable as far as possible. How does it feel after the Laser tattoo removal treatment?You may feel mild itching or little heat for 24-48 hours after the treatment. What care should I take after the Laser tattoo removal treatment?You need to apply cold compresses, soothing creams for comfort, and protect the area from sun.Do I need to take an off from work and stay at home after the treatment? Usually, no. You can resume your daily routine and work promptly after the treatment. Are there any side effects after Laser tattoo removal?Tattoo removal by laser is a very safe, precise procedure. You might experience some temporary redness, swelling and minor blistering around the treated area. Your skin should settle and heal completely within one to two weeks.Can I get my tattoo removed by Laser anywhere?Laser is a very precise technology. But, utilizing technology, appropriately, is a matter of expertise. Only an expert will be able to give you a tailor-made treatment plan, decide the correct parameters viz. the wavelength, the optimal energy etc. required to safely and effectively remove your tattoo.How much does Laser tattoo removal cost? Is it covered by Medical Insurance ?The cost of laser tattoo removal varies from patient to patient and depends on the size, colour, location and intricacy of the tattoo. It is difficult to give a good estimate of the laser tattoo removal price because everyone’s tattoo is different. Laser tattoo removal is considered as a cosmetic procedure. As of date it is not covered by medical insurance.

Do's & Dont's After Tooth Removal

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
1. TO CONTROL BLEEDINGBite firmly on the gauze for 45 minutes to an hour.Applying pressure over an extended period is the key.Don't keep changing the gauze, and don't chew on it. Just put it in place and close down, for the full 45 minutes to an hour.The blood clot that forms in the tooth's empty socket is an important part of the healing process, so be careful not to do anything that will dislodge or disrupt it.Avoid vigorous rinsing or spitting. - These activities may dislodge the clot.Don't disturb your extraction site. - Don't touch or poke at it with your finger. Don't explore it with your tongue.Don't consume hot liquids and foods. - Hot items, especially liquids like soup, tea, and coffee, tend to dissolve blood clots.You should avoid smoking or using a straw (these activities create suction). Also, don't blow your nose. And if you need to sneeze, sneeze with your mouth open. (See below for more details.)It's best to avoid strenuous work or exercise. 2. SWELLINGIt's common and normal for some degree of swelling to occur after having a tooth pulled. The amount that ultimately forms is typically proportional to the extent of the surgery that has taken place. That means:After very simple extractions you may notice very little, possibly none.With more involved cases (longer, more difficult extractions or the removal of several teeth) you may notice a pronounced enlargement, possibly involving a large portion of your face.Generally speaking, the amount of swelling that forms can be minimized via the application of ice packs on the outside of your face over the area where your surgery was performed, starting immediately upon the completion of your procedure.3. AVOID SMOKINGPeople who smoke tend to experience a higher level of complications with extraction site healing. That means if you can avoid smoking for the first 24 hours (and preferably 48 hours and longer) after having your tooth pulled, it will be to your benefit.4. AVOID BLOWING NOSEThat's because doing so can create a pressure difference between your mouth (via the recesses of your extracted tooth's socket) and your sinuses that might be great enough to disrupt what in some cases may be just a paper-thin layer of bone separating the two.5. EATING Take soft and cold diet for first 24 hrs.Try chewing from the other side of the extraction site.6. NUMBNESSAfter your tooth has been pulled, some portion of your mouth will still be numb, possibly for some hours. Besides just the area immediately surrounding your extraction site, this will likely include some aspect of your lips, cheeks or tongue too.This sensory loss can result in accidents. As examples ...You might unknowingly bite your lip or tongue while chewing, possibly even repeatedly.You might not be able to test hot (temperature) foods and beverages adequately, which could result in burns.