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Laser Tattoo Removal In Portland, Oregon
It sure seemed important back then. Maybe it was simply youthful rebellion. Or, you wanted a constant reminder - something you would remember forever. Now, it won't let you forget. So, what was such a big deal all those years ago remains a big deal today for a different reason. It's a tattoo. If you have one - or even two - you're not alone. A 2006 study published by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reported that nearly a quarter of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 50 have a tattoo. If you're thinking of removing one, again, you're not alone. Many Portland residents are discovering that, in terms of meaning in their lives, their tattoos aren't what they used to be. The good news is, neither is removal.
In the past, removing a tattoo involved direct abrasion, surgery, and sometimes skin grafts. The procedures were often extremely painful, only minimally effective and caused scars. Today, while you can't go back in time, you can forget the past with laser tattoo removal at the Key Laser Institute for Aesthetic Medicine®.
If you've had body art for several years, you've probably noticed that it's not as bright as it used to be. Tattoos slowly fade because your body attempts to remove the ink. Lasers speed up this natural process. Utilizing intense pulsed light, your tattoo is targeted, light is absorbed, and pigment is vaporized. Finally, the color fragments into particles small enough to assist your body in the process of removal.
Just as no two tattoos are exactly alike, how completely a laser ultimately removes one and just how quickly it does so depends on many factors: the color of your skin, the color of the tattoo (oranges and yellows are the most difficult), the size and location, whether it was applied by an amateur or a professional, and the age of the tattoo. Recently applied body art is more difficult to remove, requiring more laser treatments.
Each procedure to remove a tattoo can take up to one hour. For complete removal, six to eight laser treatments are typically necessary. Side effects are minimal, including pinpoint bleeding and scabbing. There's a very low risk of scarring, as well as hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation (uneven skin tone). Depending upon the location, the pain associated with removal is similar to that of receiving a tattoo.
Serving the Pacific Northwest, the Key Laser Institute for Aesthetic Medicine in Portland, Oregon is on the forefront on the West Coast in the use of noninvasive lasers, light and energy to reverse the signs of aging and to restore the health, appearance and overall well being of your skin. Call 503-291-1953 or toll free at 800-459-6677, today, for more information. Or, request a confidential consultation with Dr. Key.
The History of Tattoo Removal
The practice of tattooing dates back over 5,000 years. For most of that time, a tattoo became a permanent fixture of a person's body. The practice of removing tattoos has a very short history, but through the use of modern technology tattoo removal has been perfected at the Key Laser Institute. You can feel confident that your tattoo will be safely treated and in many cases will become completely unnoticeable following the laser treatment process. Call Dr. Key in Portland, Oregon at 503-291-1953 or on the West Coast at 800-459-6677. You can also email the Key Laser Institute for more specific information about laser tattoo removal or request a confidential cosmetic consultation for diagnosis and a professional recommendation about treatment options.