Enlighten 3 represents a major technological advancement over outdated Q-switched lasers for tattoo removal treatments, because it is equipped with a picosecond laser that can remove even the most difficult dark lines and stubborn blue and green inks. It utilizes three wavelengths to treat the full spectrum of colored tattoo inks, whereas most other devices utilize just one or two wavelengths. The powerful laser light pulses shatter underlying ink into microscopic particles that the immune system can naturally remove from the body. Enlighten is one of the safest tattoo removal methods and its laser light will not burn your skin.
Scheduling a consultation is the best way to learn how many sessions may be needed to remove your tattoo. The number of treatments are generally dependent on the type of ink used, age of the tattoo (older tattoos are generally deeper), and area of the body the tattoo is found. Since broken down tattoo particles are removed from our bodies through lymphatics, tattoos on the trunk, neck, and chest may be removed quicker than ones found in the lower back or extremities. Everyone has a different response to any treatment, results are variable dependent on the person.
Some people say that laser tattoo removal feels similar to getting a tattoo, but for a much shorter duration. A topical anesthetic can be provided to help alleviate discomfort as well as Tylenol and ice during the laser treatment. After treatment, the most common side effects include some whitening of the tattoo ink and a sunburn-like sensation. Most people can resume their normal activities immediately following treatment without any downtime. Healing may take 5-7 days and treatments are usually done every two months to allow for the pigment to be absorbed.