Laser Tattoo Removal 2016
Lifestyles fluctuate, and the permanency of tattoos has caused a great need for a reliable tattoo removal method. At The Missing Ink Laser Tattoo Removal, we are proud to serve the residents of the Greater Chicago Metro area to include the communities of Country Club Hills, Crest Hill, Fairmont, Flossmoor, Forest Park, Frankfort, Frankfort Square, Goodings Grove, Hazel Crest, Homer Glen, Ingalls Park, Joliet, Lockport, Manhattan, Matteson, New Lenox, Oak Forest, Olympia Fields, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Palos Park, Richton and Tinley Park among many others.
Older methods of removing unwanted tattoo ink that were once considered acceptable options included dermabrasion, 1 – 3 chemical destruction, 4 – 7 salabrasion, 8 , 9 thermal destruction, 10 and cryotherapy ( Table 1 ). 11 , 12 These physically destructive modalities provided unpredictable results, required prolonged healing times, and frequently left patients with skin discoloration, pain, scarring, and ink retention.
In 2009, the Kirby-Desai Scale was proposed as a tool to estimate the number of treatments needed for laser tattoo removal assuming the medical practitioner is using a quality-switched laser device ( Figure 1 ). 20 The scale calculates the estimated number of treatments based on a standardized set of parameters, such as the patient’s skin type, location of the tattoo, and number and density of tattoo inks used.