Reflections Center for Skin and Body

Official Website: Reflections Tattoo Removal

Reflections Center for Skin and Body has two offices, one in Martinsville, New Jersey and one in Livingston, New Jersey. It is a great place to go for anyone living nearby who wants a tattoo removed, whether it be due to regret, or to get a job, or just because their interests changed and they no longer want the tattoo. Reflections uses laser technology to remove unwanted tattoos in a number of sessions.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Tattoos have become part of American mainstream culture over the past couple of decades. It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans have at least one tattoo, including up to 36% of all individuals 18-30 years of age.

The most common reasons to get a tattoo include the desire to feel more attractive and sexy. Interestingly, 48% of Americans surveyed claim that tattoos make people less attractive. It is estimated that 40-50% of individuals with tattoos regret the decision to get a tattoo and want them removed.

The search term ‘Tattoo’ is always in the top ten on Google, and the term ‘tattoo removal’ is not far behind.

What Is a Tattoo?

Tattoos involve permanently depositing pigments made of carbon (India ink), and organic dyes mixed with metallic elements into the deep layer of the skin called the dermis at a depth of 1-2mm. An electric machine vibrates a cluster of needles hundreds of times per minute to puncture the skin and deposit the pigment.

Why do people want their Tattoos removed?

Patients request tattoo removal for a variety of reasons, some social and others physical and cultural. Sometimes tattoos fade and don’t look good anymore. Some patients develop an allergic reaction to the dye or are scarred during the process of tattoo placement. Very commonly patients report that they have entered a different phase of their life, have a new job or a spouse and having a tattoo just doesn’t suit them any longer.

What Methods Are Used for Tattoo Removal

Before lasers became popular for tattoo removal starting in the late 1980s, removal involved the use of one or more of these often-painful, often scar-inducing surgeries:

Dermabrasion , where skin is “sanded” to remove the surface and middle layers;
Cryosurgery , where the area is frozen prior to its removal;
Excision , where the dermatologic surgeon removes the tattoo with a scalpel and closes the wound with stitches (In some cases involving large tattoos, a skin graft from another part of the body may be necessary.

Although the procedures above are still used in certain cases today, lasers have become the standard treatment for tattoo removal because they offer a minimally invasive, low risk, effective alternative with minimal side effects.

The type of laser used to remove a tattoo depends on the tattoo’s pigment colors. The most common lasers developed specifically for use in tattoo removal use a technique known as Q-switching, which refers to the laser’s short, high-energy pulses:

the Q-switched Alexandrite(red light) , 755nm: Wavelength of choice for green, moderately effective for black, blue pigments.
the Q-switched Nd: YAG(invisible light) , 1064 nm: Laser of choice for black pigment. effective for dark blue pigments.
532nm (green light) Wavelength of choice for red and satisfactory for black, dark blue and purple.
Q switched ruby 694nm (red light): effective for black, blue and green pigments
585nm effective for sky blue pigment

These lasers can now be used to perform RapidTat Laser Tattoo Removal

How do Lasers Remove Tattoos?Lasers work by producing short pulses (billionth of a second) of intense light that pass through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This laser energy causes the tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles that are then removed by the body’s immune system. Each laser has specific wavelengths used for different tattoo colors.

Official Website: Reflections Tattoo Removal

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