With the growing popularity of tattoos, “tattoo regret” is also becoming more prevalent. Fortunately, there have been recent advances in tattoo removal technology that make it easier than ever to remove an unwanted tattoo! Springhouse Dermatology is now offering tattoo removal using the enlighten™ laser to make the process quick, painless, and safe! enlighten™ uses high-power picosecond laser pulses to target the ink and break down the pigment, making for a more thorough removal in less time.
Enlighten laser tattoo removal is the most sophisticated tattoo removal device currently available, often requiring fewer treatments and providing a more comfortable experience than the average device. This laser targets and shatters the pigment deposited in the skin, making it small enough for the body to break down and remove. Depending on the size and color of the tattoo, a series of treatments is required to fully treat the area. Every tattoo is different, and we are prepared with methods to help speed up the process, treat different colors, and make the treatment as comfortable as possible.
One advantage of picosecond lasers is that they can create extremely short light pulses with little heat generation. This is because the energy from the laser is absorbed very quickly by the tissue, so there is less time for the tissue to heat up. Picosecond laser tattoo removal technology can quickly break down the tattoo ink into much smaller particles, which are then removed by the body’s immune system. This tattoo removal technology is much faster than traditional lasers and requires fewer treatments to achieve desired results.
Tattoo removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. Every year, thousands of people decide to remove their tattoos, and the results can be quite astonishing.
Check out our before and after photos to get an idea of what to expect during your own treatment. At our clinic, we use the latest laser technology to help you achieve the best possible results.
Dr. Weishar is a highly respected leader in the field of dermatology and is regarded by many as the best dermatologist in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Dr. Weishar is double board-certified in both cosmetic dermatology and internal medicine and has been nominated for numerous awards by her peers, including Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Doctor Award from 2018-2022. A graduate of Pennsylvania University with a medical degree, Dr. Weishar completed her internal medicine residency at Tufts and her dermatology residency at Weill Cornell Medicine before becoming the Clinical Associate Professor at Pennsylvania University Hospital. In addition to her professional achievements, Dr. Weishar is also a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) and has been awarded the Top 3% ExpertinjectorTM designation. If you are looking for exceptional care from a world-renowned dermatologist, look no further than Dr. Margo Weishar at Springhouse Dermatology & Aesthetics in Montgomery County, PA.
Every tattoo is unique, and so is the individual treatment required to remove one. Many factors can determine the exact treatment needed to remove a tattoo, including color, placement, and size. Color is one of the greatest variables in determining the length of treatment required, from black and red being some of the easiest colors to remove, to harder colors to remove such as blue and green, up to some of the most difficult colors such as yellow. Once the tattoo has been assessed by Dr. Weishar, the area will be cleansed to ensure optimal results. Once protective eyewear is in place, Dr. Weishar will demonstrate the sensation of the laser on a test area of the skin before carrying on, making several passes with the laser over the tattooed area. The process may take as little as 15 minutes, with the patients experiencing minor discomfort (often described as a rubber band snap against the skin). Following treatment, the patient will be provided with a cold compress to soothe any lasting discomfort.
First, avoid sun exposure before your appointment to minimize the risk of complications and ensure that the treatment is as effective as possible. Second, you should shave the treatment area before your appointment. This will help the laser target the ink more effectively. Finally, you should avoid using any products that contain retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acids in the weeks leading up to your treatment. These products can make the skin more sensitive and increase the risk of side effects.
Most people report feeling only mild discomfort during Enlighten tattoo removal treatments. The laser targets ink pigments with high precision, so the surrounding skin is not affected. This minimizes the risk of pain and skin damage. However, some people may experience more discomfort than others. If you have low pain tolerance, your doctor may recommend a topical anesthetic to help minimize discomfort during treatments.
No, Enlighten tattoo removal will not leave scars. In fact, the technology is so advanced that it can remove even the deepest and darkest of ink colors with little to no damage to the skin. So, if you’re looking for a completely safe and effective way to remove your unwanted tattoos, Enlighten is the perfect solution!
After your Enlighten tattoo removal treatment, it is important to protect your skin from the sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and avoid direct sunlight for at least four weeks. You should also avoid swimming, soaking in a hot tub, or using a sauna during this time. You may experience blistering and scabbing in the area following the treatment, which we encourage you to keep moist and covered. It is also important to avoid picking or scratching at the treated area, as this could cause scarring. After four weeks, you can resume all normal activities.
Typically a tattoo requires multiple treatment sessions in order to reach the ink that is deposited deep in the skin. In many cases, patients will begin to see the tattoo fading immediately! Beginning results can be seen after just one treatment though multiple should be expected, with the ultimate result of a removal session being visible in 2-4 weeks. Any redness or swelling that may present following treatment is temporary, and there is zero downtime before you are able to return to day-to-day activities!
The most common side effect of Enlighten tattoo removal is temporary redness and swelling at the treatment site. This is normal and will resolve within a few days. In some cases, blistering or scabbing may occur. These side effects are typically mild and will resolve on their own.
The Enlighten laser system is the most advanced tattoo removal system on the market, and as such, it comes with a higher price tag. The average cost of Enlighten tattoo removal is $500-$1000 per treatment. However, the exact cost will vary depending on the size, color, and location of your tattoo. Some tattoos may require more treatments and may cost more.
If you’re interested in getting rid of your unwanted tattoo, the first step is to contact Springhouse Dermatology. We will provide you with a consultation to assess your tattoo and determine if Enlighten tattoo removal is right for you. Call us today to get started!Why Springhouse Dermatology?
Springhouse Dermatology and Aesthetics is thrilled to also offer the DeScribe Patch to enhance your tattoo removal! This specially designed patch adds additional protection to the skin, and effectiveness to the laser treatment. Patients who elect to add the DeScribe Patch will be able to increase the number of passes of the laser in one sitting, up to 4 times as many! This can decrease the number of treatments needed and produce faster results. The DeScribe Patch also allows the laser to target more stubborn tattoo ink, and to penetrate more deeply, resulting in faster healing and less time between sessions. Ask for the DeScribe Patch when you schedule your tattoo removal!
Springhouse Dermatology offers tattoo removal using the enlighten™ laser system. If you’re interested in getting rid of your unwanted tattoo, this state-of-the-art technology quickly and safely breaks down the pigment of your tattoo, making for a thorough removal in less time. So if you’re ready to get rid of that unwanted ink, give us a call today! We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions and get you started on the path to tattoo-free skin. We are located in Philadelphia, PA. To schedule a consultation, please call us at (215) 542-0655.
The number of treatments necessary for tattoo removal depends on many factors. The size, color, and location of the tattoo will all play a role in how many sessions are needed. Most tattoos can be removed with 4-6 treatments. However, some tattoos may require more treatments depending on the individual case.
It is important to wait at least 2 weeks after your tattoo removal treatment before swimming. This will allow the treated area to heal properly and reduce the risk of infection.
You should wait at least 24 hours after tattoo removal before swimming or working out. This gives your skin time to heal and prevents infection.
New tattoos are generally easier to remove than old tattoos. This is because the ink in new tattoos is still relatively superficial and can be more easily broken down by the laser. Old tattoos may require more treatments to remove, as the ink has had time to sink deeper into the skin.
Insurance does not typically cover tattoo removal. However, some private insurance plans may cover tattoo removal if it is deemed medically necessary.
Tattoo removal can be difficult on dark skin, as the pigmentation can make it difficult to see the tattoo ink. However, with new laser technology, tattoo removal on dark skin is becoming more and more possible.