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Tattoo Removal

Tattoo Removal

Jefferson K. Kilpatrick, MD | Russell B. Stokes, MD | Hannah Parbst, Esthetician

The Q-Switched Laser for Tattoo Removal & Brown Spot Removal

The Q Switched Yag laser is used for the removal of tattoos, brown birthmarks, age spots and other causes of brown skin discoloration. The light emitted by the laser is absorbed by the ink used in the tattoos and causes minimal injury to surrounding tissue. The rapid pulsing of the laser shatters the ink in tattoos so that it becomes small enough for the body to remove from the skin.

Several treatments of the entire tattoo are required for maximum fading or clearing. Amateur tattoos usually require an average of 2-6 treatments and professional tattoos often require 6-10 treatments, although occasionally more treatments may be necessary for both types of tattoos. There is immediate whitening of the tattoo, which disappears after several minutes. You may begin to see fading of the tattoo after several days.

Treatments may be repeated at 6-8 week intervals. There is a risk of scaring (in particular raised scars) in all cases despite proper laser treatments. The treated area may be lighter than your normal skin color for 3-5 months, after which your skin color should return to normal. Permanent lightening of the skin is rare after Q Switched Yag treatments. The treated area may sometimes become darker than the surrounding skin; this is rarely permanent and usually fades after six or more months. Infection after the treatments is also rare and can be prevented by the use of topical antibiotic ointment or an oral antibiotic as determined by your doctor. There is a small chance that a tattoo may not improve even after several treatments. The Q Switched Yag laser is less effective in removing green ink in professional tattoos. Photography may be performed to help gauge progress of the procedure. The price of the treatment varys depending on the size of the tattoo.

The Iriderm Diolite 532 for Broken Capillaries of the Face

The Diolite 532 laser treats cosmetic skin issues, primarily of the face, which include broken blood vessels and irregular bright red pigmentation (coloring).​

How It Works

High-energy lasers (with a wavelength of 532 nanometers) are emitted from a laser console to target the hemoglobin in the blood vessels. The beams heat and dissolve the vessels, which rids discoloration at the skin’s surface.


Procedures do not require anesthesia or pain medication, but a cooling gel is applied to the skin to mitigate the burning sensation. Treatment takes 10 to 30 minutes, and multiple sessions may be needed, depending on skin condition.

Side Effects and Risks

The Diolite 532 laser does not cause bruising like other laser treatments, but side effects may include redness and swelling, which subside within hours. Risks include no response from the blood vessels during treatment, and hypo – or hyperpigmentation (light or dark spots) of the treated area.


The treatment results in skin that is more youthful and evenly toned, absent of redness and ruddiness. Results are long-lasting, but factors such as age, sun exposure, certain medications, trauma, and the development of skin conditions may cause redness and broken vessels to reoccur.

Jefferson K. Kilpatrick, MD ∙ Russell B. Stokes ∙ Hannah Parbst, Esthetician

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