A tattoo doesn't have to stay with you forever, unlike the disgusting memory of the first time you saw your parents hug. Undo the damage with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $149 for two laser tattoo-removal sessions on a 2" x 2" area ($600 value)
- $199 for two laser tattoo-removal sessions on a 3" x 3" area ($1,350 value)
- $249 for two laser tattoo-removal sessions on a 4" x 4" area ($2,400 value)
Laser Tattoo Removal: Out from Under Your Skin
Learn exactly how light can get rid of color with Groupon’s exploration of tattoo removal.
In 2012, a Harris Interactive poll reported, one out of five U.S. adults had a tattoo—and 14% of those polled wished they could take it back. Through laser tattoo removal, they potentially can. The job of a laser system configured to fade tattoos is essentially to make the tiny granules implanted by the tattoo needle beneath the skin even smaller. During removal, the device emits short pulses of light whose wavelength is calibrated to be absorbed only by certain colors. The ink absorbs the energy from this light, heats up, and breaks down into fragments small enough to be escorted away by the immune system’s tiny bodyguards.
Certain pigment colors are easier to remove than others: black pigment is the easiest to remove because it absorbs all laser wavelengths, whereas yellow is one of the most difficult because it only absorbs a very specific wavelength. The tattoo’s location also affects how completely it can be removed: tattoos closer to the heart benefit from rapid blood flow that can quickly carry away ink fragments and sad memories.
In the decades before lasers, the main option for removing tattoos was simply abrading the skin, which always carried a risk of scarring. Further back, centuries-old historical accounts discuss a diverse array of removal tactics, from covering skin with saltpeter and turpentine in ancient Alexandria to stretching the tattoo while rubbing it with green corn juice among the North American Chickasaw people. In the future, all tattoos may be more temporary: new tattoo inks are being developed that encapsulate the pigment particles in microscopic beads designed to easily rupture under a single laser pulse. For now, however, multiple treatment sessions are almost always necessary.
Laser Skin Beautiful
At Laser Skin Beautiful, Dr. Alan M. Burke and his staff slow the progress of Father Time with a mix of orthopedic and cosmetic services. On the surface, they can remove wrinkles using vampire face-lifts and Botox injections. Meanwhile, for less visible signs of aging, such as tendon or ligament injuries, they can prescribe platelet-rich plasma therapy, a nonsurgical procedure that uses the patient's own blood to speed the healing process. And, rounding out the services are a number of pulsating laser treatments that are ideal for removing spider veins and tattoos from the skin.