Removing That Mistake

Tattoo removal once meant gambling low odds of success on a high risk of scarring and pain. New advances in laser technology enable tattoo reversal to become a permanent decision.

Our tattoo removal laser, RevLite, features four wavelengths to target a wide range of colors, even difficult-to-treat green and sky blue. As the tattoo is treated, laser energy gently vibrates and shatters the tattoo ink into easily eliminated microparticles.

Over time, the tattoo particles will gradually fade through the lymphatic system and the skin will return to its natural color. 5-15 treatments are typically necessary to achieve tattoo clearance.

Our  Cynosure’s Picosure laser uses a specific light wavelength, which targets the tattoo ink in the skin. The tattoo ink is destructed, absorbed, and removed through the body’s own filtering system. Minimal damage is done to the surrounding skin while providing maximum tattoo removal.

To learn more about the laser tattoo removal options for youcontact Centre Yourself Medical Rejuvenation Spa today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is Tattoo Removal Done?

The laser emits a highly focused beam of laser light which passes, harmlessly, through the outer layer of the skin and is absorbed primarily by the tattoo ink or the excess pigment within the lesion.

As the light is absorbed, it is quickly converted to heat. The sudden rise in temperature within the treatment area fractures the ink or pigment into tiny particles. The tattoo ink is destructed, absorbed, and removed through the body’s own filtering system. Minimal damage is done to the surrounding skin while providing maximum tattoo removal.

A tattoo’s color, depth, and the chemical composition of the ink all affect how it responds to the laser during tattoo removal treatment. Black, red, dark orange, and dark blue ink will usually respond relatively quickly to treatments. However, green, purple, brown, light orange, and light blue ink may require additional treatments. A wide range of pigmented lesions can also be treated including freckles, sunspots, and many brown colored birthmarks.

What should I expect from Tattoo Removal?

Since the laser light selectively targets the undesired ink or pigment, other tissues remain largely unaffected, and therefore, most patients report moderate discomfort. Many people compare the sensation of pulses to the snap of a rubber band.

Immediately after the laser treatment, the treated areas may become whitish colored and swell slightly. This whiteness subsides in about thirty minutes. The swelling may last longer by can be reduced by cooling the skin with an ice pack.

Will the tattoo disappear completely after I have tattoo removal treatment?

Generally, the majority of the tattoo will fade or disappear completely. Different colors of ink respond differently to the laser treatment. While black, blue or red may respond very well to the laser, green and yellow generally are very difficult to remove and may require several sessions. The cosmetic surgeon will be able to evaluate your tattoo and discuss with you the probability of achieving your desired result.

How long does tattoo removal take?

Depending on the size and location of the tattoo or lesion, each treatment usually takes between ten and thirty minutes. Tattoo removal may require five or more treatments that are spaced four weeks apart to allow your body sufficient time to fully eliminate loosened particles of ink or pigment.

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Tattoo removal once meant gambling low odds of success on a high risk of scarring and pain. New advances in laser technology enable tattoo reversal to become a permanent decision. Our tattoo removal laser, RevLite, features four wavelengths to target a wide range of colors, even difficult-to-treat green and sky blue. As [...]
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The goal of cosmetic surgery is to alter the normal structures of the body to improve a patient’s appearance and self-confidence. The Centre, P.C.’s full assortment of cosmetic procedures is designed to help patients see themselves in a whole new way. Whether you are dissatisfied with your shape or want to fight the effects of aging, The Centre, P.C. provides the skilled professional care you demand and the discretion and compassion you deserve.

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Dr. Downs
Dr. Downs

Ronald K. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S. founded The Centre, P.C. in Elkhart, Indiana in 1992. He is an active member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Downs is also a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Medical Association, The Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society, The Rush Surgical Society, and The Indiana State Medical Association where he serves on the board of directors and has served as the president from 2003 to 2004.

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Dr. Viscardi
Dr. Viscardi

Patrick J. Viscardi, M.D. has been part of the surgical team at The Centre, P.C. since 1998. Dr. Viscardi graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a summa cum laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Viscardi completed his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident from 1994 to 1995.

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