The New and Improved Tattoo Removal
Angelina Jolie has 13 (known) tattoos. Though meaningful and definitely original, do you ever wonder if she wakes up in the morning and thinks to herself, "I'm really tired of looking at this huge creature on my back?" I certainly do. Being inked myself, though hardly anything to write home about I was too chicken to go for the dragon on the back and instead got a tiny star on my wrist, I will most likely be annoyed with my 22-year-old self when I am looking at a faded, wrinkled star on my 87-year-old wrist one day.
As it turns out, there's hope for me and anyone else who may one day or already have second thoughts about their ink. Traditional tattoo removal was often seen as painful and hard to achieve, but with the new Candela Alex TriVantage Laser, getting off your ink is much easier. Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, M.D. F.A.A.D, F.A.A.C.S, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine told us all about the new procedure.
"Tattoos are essentially pigment particles in the dermis of the skin," Rokhsar said. "Old removal methods consisted of using laser light to break up pigment particles into smaller ones. This could take anywhere from three to 12 weeks, depending on how dark or big the tattoo was. With the new method, the TriVantage Laser uses two wavelengths to break up color pigments. It's considered to be more effective and the healing profile (depending on the tattoo) is much quicker, anywhere from three to 14 days."
Rokhsar's been using this laser for over a year, and says his patients seem completely satisfied. It's comforting to know that though it is a procedure, getting de-inked isn't as big of a hoop-jumping ordeal as it once was. That includes you, Angelina.