|Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Tattoo Removal & Laser Training
By New Look Laser College, Experts at Tattoo Removal Training
Many potential clients call us at New Look Laser College (713-783-2000) to learn more about how laser tattoo removal works, what it takes to learn to remove tattoos, and how to set up a tattoo removal clinic. The decision on which training program to attend is key - our program focuses entirely on laser tattoo removal and we are truly experts in the field. You will receive a guarantee of hands-on practice on many patients and learn practical skills that will help you, whether you are a physician experienced in cosmetic laser treatments or an entrepreneur that has never performed a cosmetic procedure.
Questions on Laser Tattoo Removal Training
Who can attend your laser training course? Anyone - there are no restrictions. We've trained hundreds of clients over the years ranging from plastic surgeons and dermatologists to general practice physicians to nurses to medical assistants to tattoo shop owners to non-medical entrepreneurs.
Does your course prepare me to perform laser tattoo removal? Yes, our course is very practical. We guarantee that you'll depart our course with at least 10 hands-on procedures using real tattoo removal lasers on real patients. By the 3 or 4th procedure, almost all of our clients are very comfortable performing procedures and are ready for advanced tips and tricks. For physicians or nurses that have performed injections or other tasks, using a tattoo removal laser is a breeze. For tattoo artists that have experience using a tattoo gun, it is even easier. For other non-medical and non-tattoo attendees, realize that we have trained an incredibly wide range of people to safely and effectively perform tattoo removal. This includes sushi chefs, business people, mechanics, lawyers, musicians, and artists.
What is a Medical Director and do I need one? In most states, non-physicians will need to have a physician that will oversee the practice to make sure the laser treatments are being performed safely and in case a patient experiences some unusual side effect. States vary in the duties and role of medical directors, but in the vast majority their role is to be available by phone to answer questions and attend to a patient that needs medical care. It is extremely rare that - when the correct laser is used - patients will have any side effects that last for more than a week or two, but in case a patient develops an infection from not keeping the treated area clean (this happens perhaps 1 in 2000 treatments), you can refer that patient to the medical director for their care (typically, some topical antibiotic will be prescribed). At New Look Laser College, we offer help to our clients in finding a medical director and provide all the paperwork you'll need to set up this basic relationship.
What is the cost the course? Tuition for our 3-day course in Houston, Texas is $2,995. For clients that purchase a laser system, many manufacturers will either refund or pay your tuition for the course. Financing is also available, with 12 months no-interest plans with a simple and quick application.
Will you come to my location for training? Yes, we frequently travel within the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia to offer our training. Please call or email us and we'll discuss your specific needs for you and/or your organization.
Questions on How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
What do you use to remove a tattoo? New Look uses the world's most advanced tattoo removal laser - the Astanza Trinity system. This q-switched Nd:YAG and Ruby laser is highly effective at removing a wide range of colored ink with only minimal side effects. This laser is FDA approved for the removal of dermal pigmentation (i.e. tattoo ink) and is the latest in a string of medical lasers designed to remove unwanted tattoos.
How exactly does the laser break up the tattoo ink? Two key processes break up the ink - the pigment in your tattoo will absorb the energy from the laser and break apart; also, the incredibly fast pulse (6 billionths of a second!) and energy of the laser will cause the ink to shatter like a sugar cube breaking apart. Some colors (light blue, light green, and teal/turquoise) are difficult to remove completely with Nd:YAG lasers and patients should expect that no more than 70-80% of this ink can be removed unless the tattoo is very old (20 years or more). However, the Tri-Wave, because of the ruby laser, is very effective at breaking down blue and green ink when used by a highly-trained laser specialist.
How does the body remove the shattered ink? Once the ink is broken down by the tattoo removal laser, the body will respond by moving fluid to the area to help flush away the ink. This immune-response will be obvious to the patient in the form of some swelling and redness in the area. Over the next days and weeks the ink will be flushed away. This doesn't happen overnight. Removing a tattoo takes a number of sessions.
Why do I need multiple sessions? All tattoos layers of ink, stacked on top of each other and a thick concentration of pigment particles that cannot be completely broken down in one session. At New Look, we'll go over your entire tattoo with the laser, breaking up as much ink as possible in every session. Each session will produce some level of fading, although for very new tattoos the fading may not be as visible because the ink is still so thick and dense. If your tattoo has shading, it will be removed with some degree of ease because shading is just a tattoo without much ink density. It may only take a few sessions to remove this shading.
Questions on The Cost of Laser Tattoo Removal
What is the cost of every session? The cost of each session depends on the size of the tattoo or tattoos being removed, with sessions as low as $200 per session. We'll price each session during the free consultation but can give an estimate over the phone. We'll categorize your tattoo into "small", "medium" or "large" for the purpose of pricing, and give discounts for multiple tattoos removed at the same time. Small tattoos are generally 2 inches by 2 inches, or four square inches. This means that a 1 inch by 4 inch tattoo would be small as well. A medium tattoo is a tattoo up to 4 inches by 4 inches, or 2 inches by 8 inches, etc. A large tattoo is normally given a custom price per session, and we are competitive in our pricing and superior in our service.
How many sessions will I need to remove my tattoo? The number of sessions needed to remove a tattoo depends on three factors: the age of the tattoo, the color of the ink, and the density of the ink
.....Age Older tattoos can be removed with less treatments than newer tattoos. A black ink tattoo that is 10 years old may take one or two treatments less than a 1 year old black tattoo. A 20 year old tattoo may take two to three treatments less than a 1 year old tattoo. A name tattoo written in black (also called "dark green") ink that is 1 year old may take 5-7 sessions to be removed completely.
.....Color Certain colors are more easily removed than others. Black and red tattoos are the easiest to remove. Orange, yellow, pink, purple, brown, and other shades are slightly more difficult to remove. The most difficult colors to remove are light green, light blue, and teal/turquoise. During the free consultation we'll discuss the number of treatments you'll need to remove certain colors, but expect that you'll need a few more if you have a difficult color, but the most difficult colors may not be able to be faded down completely.
.....Density of the Ink Shading in a tattoo is easily removed. Some tattoos with letters use shading to fill in the outlines of the letters. Some tattoos with certain designs use shading for clouds or other visual effect. Shading will be removed in only a few sessions in most cases.
Do "tattoo removal creams" help? We've seen little to no evidence that magic creams help faded tattoos. At best, they fade the skin on and around the tattoo, which makes the tattoo look a bit lighter. Looking at the ingredients and components of such products makes one wonder how they would purportedly remove tattoo ink. No medical professionals that we've ever spoken to has expressed anything different from our view - these creams are a gimmick, and a waste of time and money.
Side Effects and Risks
Will the laser procedure scar my skin? No. This is a question that many new patients ask about, and we understand their concerns. Modern tattoo removal lasers (Q-switched Nd:YAG & Ruby) such as the Astanza Trinity will not scar the skin for two reasons. First, the laser doesn't go deep enough in the skin to cause a scarring response. Second, the pulse from the laser is so fast that only the tattoo pigmentation is affected and surrounding cells and tissue are left undamaged. Scarring was an issue 10 or 15 years ago when the equipment used for tattoo removal was rather primitive. There is no need to be concerned about scarring unless you have a history of keloid scarring, which our provider will discuss with you.
Does the procedure hurt? Almost every patient we treat compares the pain from the procedure with that of getting the tattoo applied. A key difference is that laser tattoo removal is much quicker - most treatments take between 5 and 30 minutes, with the average being around 10-15 minutes. Patients compare the discomfort with that of a rubber band snapping against their skin. Black ink tattoos are slightly less uncomfortable to remove than colored tattoos due to the wavelength of light we use to break up the ink.
What side effects might I experience? Most patients experience some redness, swelling, and minor blistering of the skin after a laser treatment. These side effects are temporary and your skin will heal back completely. We provide our patients detailed after-care instructions to help them manage their skin after the treatment.
Please call the laser tattoo removal training experts at New Look Laser College to schedule a free consultation at 713-783-2000.