We hear the story over and over again: “I was following a trend and got this tattoo to surprise my significant other, but I’m no longer with that person.” Or, “I just got my dream job, but my tattoos can’t be visible in the workplace. Help!

Fortunately, with today’s advanced laser technology (our YAG laser is the most current in tattoo-removal tools), we are able to obliterate the ink in most tattoos, but not damage the skin.

The laser emits light wavelengths that vaporize, or fragment, the ink particles. Then, the body is able to absorb these elements naturally, and the color usually fades over the next couple of weeks.

The best news is: laser tattoo removal is one of the safest, quickest, and most likely processes to leave your skin intact. Over the years, other removal options often resulted in serious scarring and had a potential for infection. With the laser, treatments may cause some redness and tenderness; plus, itching may be a relatively minor issue, but you should be able to have a treatment during your lunch break and return to work with no downtime.

Because tattoos are various sizes, and the types of inks used may vary, the number of treatments cannot be estimated until our Aesthetician, Melissa, looks at your specific artwork. Please understand the location of the tattoo, in addition to its age, determines the number of treatments necessary to completely remove the tattoo. Depending on how many treatments are required, removal appointments are usually scheduled four to eight weeks apart.

To schedule a tattoo-removal consult, contact Melissa at (850) 784-7722, Ext 117 at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics.

The Best Laser Procedures to Complete During Fall

Fall can be one of the best times of the year to complete cosmetic laser treatments. Most laser treatments require you to stay out of the sun as you recover, making the cooler months an ideal time to explore laser treatment options. Here are some of the best laser procedures to consider during the fall:

Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted body hair is something that plagues many people. Laser hair removal has become a popular solution to get rid of this hair. This technology damages your follicles in the area where you want hair removed, making it hard/impossible for the hair to grow back. After this procedure, you are required to avoid sunlight on the treated area.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Regardless of the reason for wanting to remove a tattoo, the team of medical professionals at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics is here to help. Removing a tattoo with laser energy works by administering a specific wavelength of intense light into your skin. The light is only absorbed by the tattoo pigments, and your skin remains unharmed. The light energy breaks apart the pigments, which are then absorbed by your body and eliminated. After each treatment, we encourage you to take extra precautions to protect the treated skin from sunlight, since the area will be much more sensitive to the damaging effects of the sun.

CO2 Laser

CO2 laser treatment can be used to help treat deep wrinkles and reverse things like scarring and sun damage. The CO2 laser uses pulsed beams of light to remove skin tissue in columns, which is known as a fractionated method that leaves the skin, around each column, intact to aid in healing. Common side effects include swelling in the treated area along with redness and irritation similar to that of sunburn. After the procedure, you can return to normal activities within two days. Our staff will advise you to stay out of the sun and make sure to wear sunscreen, daily, for several weeks during the healing process.

Laser skin treatments can yield fast and dramatic results. Many of these treatments require patients to avoid sunlight, which makes them excellent procedures to consider during the cooler, fall months. If you are interested in exploring laser skin care options, contact us today and together we can evaluate which treatment is right for you!