Whether, you want to remove a tattoo completely or simply have a tattoo lightened to cover up with another, our clinic offers Quanta C Plus Q -Switch technology, personable certified technicians and the most affordable patient sessions in Amarillo, Texas.
If you have found yourself Googling the process and are considering it for yourself - know you are not alone. How we choose to present ourselves to the world around us is something personal. We understand that here at Progress Tattoo Removal.
There are many reasons to remove a tattoo - or just simply lighten one. If you have found yourself looking for some more answers and or if you are ready to start the process, we are here as specialists and simply guides for your journey.
The laser tattoo removal process begins with a free consultation. At this initial visit we will explain the process in detail and let you know what to expect. You will be asked a few relevant questions about your medical history and currently prescribed medications. There are certain medical conditions and certain medications that would make exposure to the laser inadvisable. We will discuss the minimal risks that exist for those receiving laser tattoo removal treatments and project a general outcome for you and your tattoo. The size of your tattoo will be measured to determine the cost per treatment. We will also snap a picture of your tattoo for use in tracking the progress of your tattoo removal treatments.
It will be necessary for you to book an appointment at our facility with our medical director Susan E. Ellington, to obtain your prescription for tattoo removal before we can begin your treatments. Texas Medical Board laws have changed; they prohibit the use of a medical device such as a laser without the contracted licensed physician overseeing the clinic doing the items notated below first. There is a $50.00 one-time charge for the physical exam with our medical director, any further visits will not require a fee once you have been approved to start the process and are a patient cleared for laser treatments. We don’t write the laws; we just like to follow them.
Texas Medical Board Code 193.17 the rule states that:
(2) Prior to authorizing a Procedure, a physician, or a mid-level practitioner acting under the delegation of a physician, must: (A) take a history; (B) perform an appropriate physical examination; (C) make an appropriate diagnosis; (D) recommend appropriate treatment;
Before we actually begin removing your tattoo, you have the option to add our RX numbing topical to your treatment sessions or have your treatment without a topical. It is a prescription strength topical compounded by Kings Compounding Pharmacy that is 20% Benzocaine, 8% Lidocaine and 4% Tetracaine. It is an additional fee of $15-$25 per dose applied. We also have a Zimmer machine that allows us to cool the treatment area not just pre and post treatment, but also during that can keep your skin up to -30*C while the laser is in direct contact with your skin.
We use the Quanta C Plus Q-Switch Laser System, it is built specifically to carry the 3 specific wavelengths that target INK and its varying combination of pigmented colors that are placed in the dermis. Which allows us to have the following wavelengths available to treat pigments – the KTP 532nm, the Ruby 694nm, and the ND:Yag 1064nm. The laser produces a very narrow beam of light that travels through the outer layers of skin or epidermis and is absorbed by the tattoo ink often sitting in your dermis where your artist placed it. The high-energy light pulses break up the ink without damaging the surrounding tissue. What you will feel is similar in sensation to the pop of a rubber band against your skin or the feeling of bacon grease. One patients pain tolerance is not indicative of your ability to handle pain. Everyone has a very different tolerance, similar to the people who receive tattoos in the first place.
The tattoo removal treatment time will vary based on the size of the tattoo and the colors being removed. The entire tattoo removal process will take several visits, each visit spaced 4 to twelve weeks apart. You will gradually see your tattoo fade away over the course of your laser tattoo removal treatments. There is no way to determine how how many sessions you will need and or how your tattoo will react until you have started the process.
Following your tattoo removal treatment, you can expect to see some redness, swelling, blistering, bruising, pinpoint bleeding, or scabbing in the treated area. The area will feel warm for a few hours after treatment.
The laser treated area should be kept clean. Basic post treatment items will be available to purchase in a kit so you can get our physicians suggested items to use following your treatment to take care of your self at home. A shower can be taken 2 hours following your treatment, although the treated area should never be scrubbed. If a scab or blister forms, it is vital that you do not pick it or scratch it as doing so could result in scarring.
You should stay out of the sun and avoid the tanning bed for a week after your tattoo removal treatment to minimize the chance of hypo-pigmentation (the temporary loss of skin color) or hyper-pigmentation (the temporary darkening of skin color). A sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater should be used when your treatment area is in direct sun exposure for more than 30 minutes.
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5700 Enterprise Circle , Suite #113, Amarillo, TX 79106