Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS ENLIGHTEN™? AND HOW DOES THE ENLIGHTEN™ LASER WORK?
At Renew Laser Aesthetics, we use the most advanced laser technology in the world – the Enlighten™ laser – for the effective, fast and safe removal of tattoos and benign pigmented lesions. Lasers treat skin conditions and remove tattoos by emitting short pulses of intense light that pass through the top layers of the skin – dermis and epidermis – which cause the ink and problematic cells to break down into small particles and then are absorbed through the blood stream. This light is harmless to the skin.
HOW DOES THE ENLIGHTEN™ LASER DIFFER FROM OTHER LASERS?
Enlighten™ features extremely short and high-power picosecond laser pulses which efficiently and quickly treat a number of skin conditions including tattoo removal, brown spots and discoloration. A ‘picosecond’ is one-trillionth of a second, and is 1,000 times shorter than the ‘nanosecond’ pulses used in existing lasers for tattoo removal. Picosecond laser pulses have been shown to remove tattoos more completely and treat skin conditions in fewer treatment sessions than traditional lasers used in the past.
HOW MANY TREATMENT SESSIONS ARE REQUIRED?
The total number of treatments may vary. Tattoo removal usually takes between 4 to 6 treatments depending on the composition, depth and the color of the ink, as well as the size of the tattoo. Tattoo ink is deposited deep in the skin. In order to reach all of the ink in the skin, multiple treatment sessions are needed for clearance. Skin rejuvenation and pigment correction usually takes 4 treatments. Basically, laser skin rejuvenation is done by projecting a laser light onto the skin blemishes treated. The energy delivered causes the problematic cells to break down into substances which can then be absorbed and discarded via the blood stream. The blemishes treated are mostly found on the skin’s surface, the “epidermis”, but the laser energy also heats up sub skin tissues (the “dermis”), this causes increased collagen production which does wonders towards improving overall skin complexion.
WILL A TATTOO COMPLETELY DISAPPEAR?
In many cases, yes. However, it is very important to know that some ink colors are more difficult to clear than others. On your first visit to Renew Laser Aesthetics we will discuss this with you and let you know how many treatments we feel it will take to completely remove the tattoo. Renew Laser Aesthetics offers a 20% discount if you purchase 3 or more treatment sessions.
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Patients compare the procedure to a rubber band being snapped against their skin. At Renew Laser Aesthetics we can provide a numbing cream to the affected area before your treatment. Please note that the numbing cream needs to be applied 30 to 45 minutes before the treatment for best results. So please plan to come to our office at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment if you would like the numbing cream.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS FOLLOWING THE TREATMENT?
Most patients experience redness and swelling immediately following the treatment. These side effects are temporary. Occasionally there may be blisters or a localized infection. If this occurs antibiotics may need to be prescribed.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME ASSOCIATED WITH THE TREATMENT?
Patients can return to regular activities immediately following the treatment. Please note that you will need to be careful not to scratch or rub the area. You will also need to practice strict sun avoidance by covering the treated area when you are out in the sun. Your clinician will go over any restrictions, guidelines, and treatment at time of removal.
WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE A NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE AFTER EACH TREATMENT?
Everyone responds a little differently, but change is progressive and as the ink is shattered into smaller and smaller pieces the body will absorb it. Some may notice a big change on the first treatment, while others will notice a big change on the second or third treatment.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO REMOVE JUST PART OF MY TATTOO?
Since the Enlighten™ laser is extremely accurate, it’s definitely possible to zero in on one area to remove just part.
WILL TATTOO REMOVAL LEAVE A SCAR?
Because the Enlighten™ laser light pulses don’t generate heat, and because the pulses are so fast that only the pigmentation is effected, scarring is much less likely than with older laser.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
At Renew Laser Aesthetics, we are very transparent about pricing. We believe that skin rejuvenation and tattoo removal should be affordable and that is why we are very upfront about our pricing. Renew Laser Aesthetics offers a free consultation session so that we can provide you with a complete treatment plan and a total cost. Please call our office at 360.394.6466 to schedule a free consultation. Please click here to see our pricing information.