Traditionally, patients who went through tattoo removal treatments indicated a low level of satisfaction. It was common that 20 or more treatments were needed to achieve good results, clearance was not always possible, and overall cost had no limit.
Fortunately, technology is on our side. While removing a tattoo is still a challenge, innovative devices like the Enlighten laser is able to achieve results in less than half the number of treatments required by any other laser. At Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology in Philadelphia, we are pleased to offer Enlighten and the most state-of-the-art tattoo removal systems available.
Different colors are responsive to different wavelengths. In addition, as a tattoo ages, the ink tends to form larger clusters of pigment. For the ink to be reabsorbed, these larger clusters need to be broken into smaller particles.
Unlike other lasers, which use heat to break up the tattoo’s pigment, the Enlighten device is what’s known as a picosecond laser. It delivers short energy pulses (photomechanical waves rather than heat) that shatter the ink into small particles that our body can get rid of faster and more effectively.
The Enlighten laser can be set to two wavelengths (532nm and 1064nm), making it an excellent choice for a range of colors. The optimal wavelength red, orange, yellows, and browns is 532nm, while the best choice for black and dark colors is 1064nm.
At Ringpfeil Dermatology, we specialize in tattoo removal and are able to design a custom treatment to address your need. To best serve our patients we also use the Picosure laser, another advanced system that uses photomechanical waves. When used together, the Enlighten and Picosure can reach a large spectrum of colors. If you have a mutli-colored tattoo, ask about how a dual treatment can optimize results.