R20 Laser Tattoo Removal

A colourful tattoo can probably attract a lot of attention on the street. Yet when it comes to tattoo removal you will need pay a lot of attention in the removal. We have mentioned previously in the Factors Determining the Success of Tattoo Removal that the colour of tattoo is an crucial contributing factor for a successful tat removal. The reason is that different colours of ink absorb different wavelengths of light. It is not difficult to imagine how many different wavelengths of light are needed to remove the sexy tattoo below. Are you thinking about a tattoo removal but are afraid of the long treatments for up to as long as a year? Journal of American Academy Dermatology back in Feb 2012 revealed that new research might bring about a breakthrough in tattoo removal which can significantly reduce the time for the lengthy sessions. In this post, we will write about those new research, including the introduction of the R20 method.

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A colourful tattoo is very difficult to be removed


New technique on laser treatments

Dermatologists are finding ways to enhanced traditional laser tattoo removal method so that it become safer and more effective, according to Dr. Arielle Kauvar, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. Even though removing all tattoo colours remain difficult, the new enhancements appear to remove tattoos more effectively with fewer treatment sessions.

One of the new studies, which is called the “R20 method”, attempted to treat a tattoo four times a day with Q-switched YAG laser instead of one single treatment. Each treatment are separate by 20 minutes to allow time for the dissipation of tiny whitening bubbles produced during each session. This method shows a faster removal of the inks without having extra side effects on the tattoo. Another research uses fractional ablative laser together with traditional laser and has half of the tattoo ink removed just in one single session. One more study conducted by Dr. Kauvar is looking into treating a tattoo twice a day with a number of different laser wavelengths to remove different colours. This study has shown increase in effectiveness in getting rid of blue, green, and black colours.


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R-20 laser tattoo removal before and after

The researches are still at the baby stage but the findings could potentially eliminate the extremely long time needed for a laser tattoo removal. It comes to no surprise that this could bring about savings on cost of having a tat removed, as well as reduce the pain a patient has to suffer. The healing period will also be shortened and the cost of after-care will also be smaller. Those who used to be scared of having a tattoo removal due to time or financial concerns can now re-consider about changing their decisions.

Can those new methods shorten the whole tattoo removal process from as long as years down to months? Time will tell and we will continue to provide you with the most up-to-date information.


Questions To Ask Before and After Tattoo Removal

Tattooing has been growing in popularity and while more and more people put on their once-thought favorite ink onto their bodies, a greater more experience some level of tattoo regret some point during their lives. Some people choose to ignore it, while some may attempt a cover up by inking a larger tattoo onto their old tats — but with the modern technology of laser tattoo removals and surgical removal procedures, many people opt to get rid of their tattoos once and for all.

To avoid the same mistake of rushing in and making a quick tattoo removal decision, it is wise to pause and rethink of some Questions To Ask Before and After Tattoo Removal. What is your real reason for removing your tattoo? Is it because it has lost it’s meanings after you and Bob broke up? Or is it because your boss has hinted to you to get that tattoo removed should you be eligible for a near-term promotion? Whatever your reasons are, it is crucial that you know exactly why you want that tattoo removed as a typical tattoo removal process would span a long period of time, with an average of up to 12 months before you can see significant results for your tattoo to be removed — and so you are going to need to have a strong dedication and commitment towards the whole process or else you risk wasting your time and money, not to mention the fact that by dropping out it could result in a worse looking tat than you had before. If you are unsure on the reasons on why you want your tattoo removed, you may want to check out our post on 10 Reasons Why You Might Want To Remove Your Tattoos to see if you fit under any of those categories. There are also Studies Into Reasons For Tattoo Removal which you may feel interested in viewing as well.

Another question that you should ask yourself is what are your expectations before and after a tattoo removal? If you have an aged tattoo that you have inked many years ago, then chances are the tattoo has faded a bit over time and you may be satisfied by using some tattoo removal fading products such as acids or removal cream that will further fade your tattoo but may not completely remove your ink from your body. If, however, you aim to have your tattoo completely removed, got the money, and the balls for some level of pain, then chances are a laser tattoo treatment would be best for you.

No matter which tattoo removal method you choose, you should always review some of the before and after tattoo removal photos of that particular product or service to get a more realistic expectation of the final outcome you can get. Below are some before and after a tattoo removal photos that you may see to get a rough idea of how others have fared with their tattoo removal treatments.


Tattoo Removal Before and After Photos

Below is the result of the new R20 technique that uses Q-switched laser on the skin.

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Tattoo Removal After

 Below is a patient’s wrist snapshot before and after a laser tattoo removal treatment.

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Before laser tattoo treatment

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After laser tattoo treatment

 Below is the result of a laser tattoo removal after 8 treatments.

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Laser tattoo removal before and after

 Below is a patient from Atlanta Georgia who wanted his tattoo removed before his daughter is old enough to see it. The laser tattoo removal was done using the VersaPulse® VPC Q-switched laser.

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Before a laser tattoo removal

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After a laser tattoo removal


As you can see, laser tattoo removal are very effective and are able to completely or almost completely remove the majority of your unwanted tattoos. In addition to just viewing the before and after tattoo removal photos, you should also consult your tattoo removal clinicians on the cost and terms of tattoo removal, for example — how much they charge per square inch of ink per treatment, and their per visit minimum charges, etc. Reputable clinics also would be offering soft guarantees in which they often offer free continuing treatments for up to a year should your tattoo ink is still clearly visible after your completion of the scheduled treatments.

All in all, we hope you find this article useful in considering the questions to be asked before and after tattoo removal. We will be sharing more in our future articles about the attention and care required for after a tattoo removal. Remember to bookmark our site for your future references!


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