Cosmetic Consultations are FREE of Charge
At Ark-La-Tex Dermatology we use the Cutera Enlighten, which is a Pico + Nano and a dual pulse
duration laser. This is the gold standard in tattoo removal.
The Enlighten uses Pico + Nano second energy to safely penetrate the skin and target the ink in the tattoo. As the laser passes
over the tattoo it is breaking up the ink into micro-particles that will eventually be eliminated by the body naturally.
In most situations all the colors can be eliminated after a series of treatment. The Enlighten is the gold-standard for
tattoo removal and combines two wavelength, two pulse durations with the maximum power. Some colors are more difficult to
remove and require more treatments. We provide a FREE consultation to determine what your individual
results will be.
Many factors determine the number of treatments needed. Most will require between 4 and 10 treatments. However, many things such as
color, the type of ink used, skin color, location of the tattoo, and age of the tattoo affect the number of treatments needed for removal.
Every person will respond differently, but most will begin to lighten between the first and third treatment. Some tattoos may be
completely cleared in 4 sessions. Again, the age of the tattoo, the ink used, skin type, and location can affect the speed of
the ink break-down.
Most of the time no, but 99% of that is being compliant with the aftercare instructions. If you are not compliant with our post-care
instructions then a blister could develop and a scar could form. Our staff at Ark-La-Tex Dermatology will give you written and verbal
instructions for your post-care treatment. We strive to help you reach the most optimal result.
Each treatment needs to be about 6-8 weeks apart. The laser is breaking the ink up into smaller micro-particles. It takes the body
4-6 weeks to begin the breakdown of the ink. So although the treated area may look healed, your body is still working to eliminate the
ink. If another treatment is performed too soon it will not remove the tattoo any faster and would put you at risk of developing a scar.
Yes, the Enlighten is accurate and can remove unwanted parts of the tattoo.
We do not remove permanent make-up because of the ink that is used for cosmetic tattoos. This ink is formulated differently and attempting
to remove this ink can cause it to turn black.
We provide FREE consultations at Ark-La-Tex Dermatology. At your consultation we will examine your tattoo and complete an
individual assessment. During the assessment we will measure the tattoo and go over a health history with each patient. The cost is determined
by a preset scale that is based on age of the tattoo, size, colors, ink used and location on the body. All of these factors will provide us
with a range. This range will give us an estimate of the number of treatments needed to remove the tattoo. Depending on the number of
treatments you will be able to purchase a package of treatments. The packaged prices will give you a significant savings over an individual
You should shave the area to be treated. Also, avoid any sun exposure/spray tan or sunless tanner to the area for two weeks prior to the treatment.
If the following medications are NOT prescribed by a doctor: aspirin, ibuprofen or any anticoagulants, avoid them for seven days pre-treatment.
After your initial FREE consultation we will begin treatment that day or at another scheduled appointment. When you arrive for
your treatment you will be given the option of using a topical numbing cream. The cream will cover the area for 15-20 minutes prior to treatment.
We also use a machine to cool down the area before treatment. Using this high powered Zimmer to pre-cool the area will also decrease any discomfort.
Because the treatment usually takes only a few minutes many opt to forego the numbing cream. The procedure is described as feeling like several
rubber-band snaps at one time. After the treatment we will cover the area with Aquaphor and a light bandage. We will schedule your next treatment.
Physical activity is restricted for the first 24 hours and sun exposure should be avoided to the area around appointments. If the body experiences
excessive heat, during the initial period, it can cause a blister. Showers may be taken but luke warm water and mild soap is suggested.