Laser Tattoo Removal

Texas Institute of Dermatology Laser Tattoo Center is a Top Ranking Laser Tattoo Removal Facility in San Antonio

Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal: Tattoos have become more prevalent and more colorful than ever before. Simple two-tone designs have been replaced with intricate, multi-hued art. Yet, an increasing number of people want these embellishments removed.

  • Why get your tattoo removed with us by laser tattoo removal?

  • Do different colors need different lasers?

  • How can a laser remove a tattoo?

  • How to prepare for your appointment?

  • What to do after your appointment?

Why Get Your Tattoo Removed with Us?

At the Texas Institute of Dermatology, we want you to have an excellent result with laser tattoo removal and to feel that your needs and concerns about tattoo removal have been promptly addressed in a caring and sensitive fashion. In our San Antonio office, We offer three state-of-the art lasers for successful Laser Tattoo Removal in addition to the surgical removal of a tattoo by a Dermatologist.

Our state-of-the art lasers hit the ink particles with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. Therefore, when treating tattoo ink, our laser offers less scarring, less complications, and faster results. All procedures are performed or closely supervised by Dr. Ghohestani, our world renowned Dermatologist. We use a numbing cream, and if necessary, lidocaine injection in order to offer you a pain-free procedure with an excellent outcome. A successful tattoo removal consists of selective removal of each tattoo pigment with minimal risk of scarring. Nonspecific methods, including RF tattoo removal, have a high incidence of scarring, textural, and pigmentary alterations as compared to Q-switched lasers. New advances in Q-switched technology have helped to reduce the risk of scarring. Tattoos are classified into five general groups: amateur (require less treatment), professional (can be multi-colored), cosmetic (i.e. permanent eye-liner), medicinal, and traumatic. The classification of tattoo as well as its location and age will affect the time necessary and possibility of complete removal. When you come in to the office, Dr. Ghohestani will evaluate your condition and determine the laser’s setting based on the type and color of your tattoo, the location, and your skin type.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Do Different Colors Need Different Lasers?

Dr. Ghohestani has developed an innovative way to effectively treat colorful tattoos with minimal discomfort. Using additional Two Dye™ hand pieces on our Laser platform, we are able to meet or even exceed your tattoo removal expectations. With the 532 nm setting, these dye-impregnated hand pieces can be used to treat almost any red tattoo. Offered in two wavelengths, the 650 nm handpiece can be used to remove various green inks, while the 585 nm hand piece is highly effective in treating sky blue ink. The 1064 nm is an ideal hand piece for the black tattoos. With the addition of the Dye hand

Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser Tattoo Removal

pieces, our unique Laser platform offers four wavelengths in one laser that can treat any tattoo.

At the Texas Institute of Dermatology, we avoid using Q-switched Alex or Ruby lasers as they have been associated with greater complications with treatment.

Laser Tattoo Removal

The Q-switched Ruby laser is most closely associated with textural change, scarring, and pigment alteration. 50% of patients treated with Q-Switched Alexandrite lasers report hypopigmentation (loss of color) as a result of treatment and 12% of patients treated with the Q-Switched Alexandrite laser report textural changes from treatment. By contrast, hyperpigmentation and textural changes are rarely seen with the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and the incidence of hypopigmentary changes is much lower than with the ruby laser. The development of localized and generalized allergic reactions is an unusual complication following tattoo removal. Sometimes, Dr. Ghohestani will prescribe you a topical corticosteroid ointment to decrease the chance of an allergic reaction. Since many wavelengths are needed to treat multicolored tattoos, not one laser system can be used alone to remove all the available inks and combination of inks. While laser tattoo removal is not perfect, we have come a long way since the advent of Q-switched lasers. Current research is focusing on newer picosecond lasers, which may be more successful than the Q-switched lasers in the removal of the new vibrant tattoo links.

How Can A Laser Remove a Tattoo?

Laser light targets and breaks up the ink particles, allowing the body to clear the broken particles over a period of weeks to months. Researchers have confirmed that laser tattoo removal with a Q-switched laser is photoacoustic in nature.This means that if the pulse length of the laser is short enough, acoustic waves can exceed the strength of the ink thereby breaking it up for the body to clear. The strength of these acoustic waves depends on the length and intensity of the laser light used. With certain ink particles (tan in particular), heat is generated. While the melting point of the ink is never reached, the heat generated can be uncomfortable and even produce cavitation bubbles around the treated area. For this reason Dr. Ghohestani, or a trained member of his staff, will provide a consultation regarding the best treatment options that will help to remove the tattoo with the least amount of discomfort.

Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser Tattoo Removal

Treatment Instructions for Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal

Before the Laser Treatment

  • Avoid lengthy exposure to the sun for a period of at least one week prior to your appointment. Make sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen rating SPF 30 or better in order to protect your skin. Those patients who have been spray tanned should exfoliate the treatment area in order to remove the tanning product. This will help protect the skin during treatment.

  • The doctor should be notified if you have a history of cold sores so he can prescribe a pre-treatment anti-viral medication.

  • All “irritating” skin products should not be applied at least one day prior to treatment.

  • Any prescriptions for medications written by Dr. Ghohestani should be filled by your pharmacist and available the day of your treatment.

  • Make sure the treatment area is clean and that you arrive on time for your appointment. All makeup/mascara, lotions, powders, perfumes, and aftershave should not be applied on the treatment area on the day of treatment.

  • Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes and shoes.

At the office

  • Dr. Ghohestani or a member of his staff will meet with you to examine your tattoo to confirm you are a good candidate for laser tattoo removal.

  • The treatment area will then be numbed using a topical cream or lidocaine injection.

  • Once the area is numbed, the laser treatment will be performed by a skilled laser specialist.

  • A post-treatment dressing will be applied upon completion of the procedure.

After the Laser Treatment

  • After your laser treatment, your skin will be cleaned with a mild cleanser and cooled in order to calm down the sunburn sensation and erythema. Some patients might experience some edema for a couple of hours if they have had an aggressive treatment.

  • If the sunburned sensation continues after two hours, then apply a cold pack.

  • After calming the skin, a moisturizer and sunscreen will be applied to the skin.

  • Continue using moisturizer and sunscreen as directed by your doctor after the treatment.

  • Female patients can wear makeup immediately after their treatments, and male patients may shave.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I have a new tattoo. Is it easier to get rid of it?

Newer tattoos are usually more difficult to treat than an older one.

I have a red tattoo, and I have heard that the color may change during the laser treatment. Is that right?

Yes, a red tattoo may contain Iron that may change to a dark brown when it is hit by a laser.

I am confused with all the available lasers. Which one is the best option for my black tattoo? 

A 1064 Q-switched laser is probably the best option for a black tattoo. 

Do you offer eyebrow tattoo removal?

Yes, we do offer laser tattoo removal for eyebrows. Dr. Ghohestani recommends a test in order to avoid permanent discoloration of the eyebrows. Additionally, some tattoos contain iron, which may darken the color of the tattoo after treatment. 

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Why should you choose Texas Institute of Dermatology for Laser Tattoo Removal?

At the Texas Institute of Dermatology, we want you to have an excellent outcome and to feel that your needs and concerns have been promptly addressed in a caring and sensitive fashion. We strive diligently to ensure your satisfaction, comfort, privacy, and safety. All treatments are supervised or performed by a dermatologist with many years of successful experience in a large variety of procedures. Many treatment modalities are available, and we can recommend the one or two that are most likely to meet your needs; we’re here to meet your needs and help you realize your aspirations. At our clinic in San Antonio, Texas, we serve communities throughout Bexar and Kendall counties, including San Antonio, Boerne, Leon Spring, Ralph Fair Ranch, Canyon Lake city; many of our patients also come from San Marcos, New Braunfels, Kerrville, Austin, Wimberley and Corpus Christi.