The best way to remove a tattoo is with Q-switched Nd:Yag laser. ClearLift tattoo removal uses the latest technology to focus on removing even the most detailed, brightly colored tattoos. Using this type of laser allows us to remove tattoos with reduced risk of scarring and discoloration. Dr. McCoy at Contour Medical in Gilbert, Arizona, has significant experience removing tattoos in the most comfortable and effective way possible. Given the discomfort of the laser, Dr. McCoy recommends using local anesthetic to numb the tattoo — allowing a more aggressive and comfortable treatment. This makes the process as close to pain free as possible and can speed up the tattoo removal process.
Tattoo Removal Benefits
- Black, red, and colored inks
- More comfortable with local anesthetic
- Reduced risk of scarring or discoloration
- Minimal downtime
How Tattoo Removal Works
Light pulses from the laser target the pigment in the skin. Energy from the laser selectively targets the ink, without causing damage to the surrounding skin. This breaks apart the pigments into small fragments that are absorbed by the body and sloughed off through exfoliation.
What to Expect
The average tattoo takes 4-8 treatments to remove. The easiest colors to target are the red and black pigments. Treatment time varies depending on the size of the tattoo. The treated area is covered with a sterile bandage after the treatment and a scab typically forms. After the scab heals, the tattoo will continue to fade for 6 weeks. Dr. McCoy at Contour Medical in Gilbert recommends doing treatments 6 weeks apart.