Medical procedure safety and laser tattoo removal

A very common question asked at Inkfree, MD relates to medical procedure safety and laser tattoo removal. Essentially whether or not it is safe to have laser tattoo removal treatments while undergoing other medical procedures. These procedures may vary from minor cosmetic treatments such as laser hair removal to more invasive surgeries including gall bladder removal and even mastectomy. The lasers used during laser tattoo removal treat the ink that is in the dermis. This is the superficial layer of skin. Once the ink has been targeted by the laser it is broken up into microscopic particles that are gradually cleared by your immune system.

There are only three big contraindications to having laser tattoo removal. The first is a burn or other open wound or lesion at the site of the removal. We obviously would not want to apply intense heat to skin that was already damaged. The second is a known allergic reaction to tattoo ink. Although rare, some people do have an intense allergic rash when a tattoo is applied. This happens most commonly with red ink. The same […]

By | February 14th, 2017|Tattoo Removal|

Tattoo regret – How to deal with it and move forward

Tattoo regret – How to deal with it and move forward

Tattoo regret is a very common thing. Statistics show that approximately one in three Americans has a tattoo and almost a third of those have tattoo regret. Every day, we receive a phone call or a desperate email from someone who either had a botched ink job or is completely sure they’ve made the worst decision of their life. At Inkfree, MD we have built a successful and respected practice of helping people to remove the mistakes of their youth or bad relationships with some of the most advanced laser protocols available.

So what do you do if you’ve just gotten a tattoo and immediately realize you’ve made a mistake? If you are sure that you want it removed, the next step would be to consult a professional to discuss your options. After that, you will have to live with your mistake for 4-6 weeks until your skin is totally healed. It’s OK, the world will not end. Luckily brand new tattoos are generally easier to remove as it takes a while for […]

By | December 12th, 2016|Tattoo Removal|

Does laser tattoo removal work on dark skin?

Does laser tattoo removal work on dark skin?

Question: Does laser tattoo removal work on dark skin? Answer: Whether or not laser tattoo removal can be done on dark skin is a very common question. Not all clinics are created equal, so it’s very important to ask a few basic questions before seeking treatment. At Inkfree, MD we have successfully treated many dark skinned patients at our Houston clinic. Our answer is definitely yes, but it is imperative that a few guidelines are followed.

Most important is the proper use of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. This laser uses a broad wavelength of light. It will target the tattoo ink while not removing the melanin (pigment) in dark skin which can lead to hypopigmentation. Another important consideration in doing laser tattoo removal on dark skin is the time span between treatments. While some of our Houston based competitors will perform treatments every four weeks, we have found that this almost always leads to damaging hypopigmentation and scarring. We recommend waiting at least 6-8 weeks in between treatments to allow […]

By | November 7th, 2016|Tattoo Removal|

Marine Corps Tattoo Removal – New Regulations

Marine Corps Tattoo Removal – New Regulations

Many of our laser tattoo removal patients are young men and women who desire to enlist in the armed services. While each branch has its own specific regulations, earlier in the year the United States Marine Corps updated their tattoo policy seeking “to balance the personal desires of Marines with high standards of professional military appearance and heritage,” according to a statement posted on its website. This new policy has spawned new Marine Corps tattoo removal requirements.

To avoid any misinterpretation, the Marine Corps published a detailed illustration with designated red zones where tattoos are not allowed and a 12-page set of rules which includes the following general guidelines:

  1. Marines can have an unlimited number of tattoos that are covered by their “physical training uniform,” which consists of a green t-shirt and shorts. But it bans tattoos on the head, neck, inside of the mouth, wrists, knees, elbows, and hands. The only exception to that is a single band tattoo of no more than three-eighths of an inch in width is permitted on one finger. […]
By | October 26th, 2016|Tattoo Removal, News|

Laser tattoo removal – how many treatments will I need?

Laser tattoo removal – how many treatments will I need?

So you’re tired of looking at that fading blur on your ankle. Was it a dolphin, a tribal mark, maybe someone’s name? Even if you can’t remember why you decided to get “inked”, deciding to start laser tattoo removal treatments is a big deal so congrats! One of the biggest questions people ask us is “how many treatments it will take?”.

General guidelines are between 5-15 treatments but here is no one right answer as every tattoo is as unique as a snowflake.

Here are some general guidelines:

  • INK COLOR: Typically green, blue, and black inks are easier to remove, while red, orange, yellow, and white inks are progressively more challenging. Removing the more difficult colors requires technology using multiple laser wavelengths. At Inkfree, MD we have not one but two different lasers which can target ALL ink colors.
  • TATTOO AGE: Older tattoos are prone to pigment fading and may be more easily removed compared to newer tattoos.
  • SMOKING: Those who smoked regularly will need more treatments compared to their non-smoking counterparts. This lower success […]
By | October 3rd, 2016|Tattoo Removal|

Is tattoo ink harmful to your health?

Is tattoo ink harmful to your health? – A far cry from their tribal predecessors made with dyes from the natural environment, many of today’s tattoos contain an unknown conglomeration of metallic salts, organic dyes or plastics suspended in a carrier solution for consistency of application. Without full disclosure of ingredients, it is impossible to know for sure what is in tattoo ink. Added to this, each color and each brand of ink has completely different ingredients, according to a 2005 study from Northern Arizona University.

In a recent European Commission’s report on the health risks of tattooing, they note that close to 40% of organic colorants used in permanent tattoos in Europe are not even approved for use on the skin as a cosmetic ingredient and just under 20% of the colorants studied contained a carcinogenic aromatic amine. Many of the chemicals found were originally intended for use in writing and printer inks, as well as automobile paints. These inks are injected deep enough into the skin that often tattoos will not even be destroyed by severe burns.

European countries such as Germany, […]

By | September 13th, 2016|Tattoo Removal, News|

Dr. TATTOFF CLOSES Houston Clinic – Inkfree, MD Steps Up to Help Abandoned Patients

drtattoffDr. TATTOFF (laser clinic) has shuttered it’s Houston (Galleria) location, leaving countless patients desperate and stranded without care. Inkfree, MD is already assisting multiple customers with completing their tattoo removal treatments.

Dr. TATTOFF’s is the latest in a long line of laser tattoo removal clinic closures, particularly in the corporate-funded sector. Each time this happens, patients are left high-and-dry in the middle of expensive and delicate treatments. Each time, Inkfree, MD has stepped up to help – offering patients free consultations and special deals to ensure their tattoo removal needs are resolved. It’s about providing peace of mind and doing the right thing.

Inkfree, MD is different. Established in 2012 (before Dr. TATTOFF), this family/physician owned clinic has worked hard to build a successful business. The right balance of technology, services and pricing have enabled a growing and sustainable laser clinic with the highest-levels of patient care and satisfaction. At the end of the day, it’s about delivering results in a safe, affordable and effective manner.

Customers affected by the Dr. TATTOFF closure […]

By | September 8th, 2016|Tattoo Removal, News|

Does laser tattoo removal leave a scar?

Today, lasers are the most common method of tattoo removal. They work by targeting the ink with pulses of highly concentrated light that break the ink into tiny fragments, which are then cleared away by your own immune system. However, this isn’t all done with just one treatment. The more treatments you have, the more the laser can penetrate to destroy the ink. But, the more treatments you have, the more damage you do to your skin, causing painful blisters and scabs that can eventually lead to scarring. Experts in removal therapy say that technology has advanced to the point where scarring is minimal, sometimes non-existent, but this can vary depending on the situation.

It is important that after each procedure you follow the aftercare instructions. If you do so, you have a less than 5% chance of a scar. Your risks are increased with a history of scarring, darker skin or a history of keloid formation. We will discuss all these risks for you during your consultation and will not perform the laser treatment if your risks of scarring are too great.

By | September 8th, 2015|Tattoo Removal|

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Since “does laser tattoo removal hurt?” is perhaps the most common question asked by our patients, we asked our Doctor to provide some medical insight…The pain of laser tattoo removal is similar to getting a tattoo applied, a stinging and burning sensation. It has been compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping or your skin or even the popping of bacon grease (however there are no yummy smells involved.)  The big difference is that removal is achieved in a matter of minutes, not hours and we are generally older, wiser and not under the influence of, ahem…shall we say liquid

The pain of laser tattoo removal is similar to getting a tattoo applied, a stinging and burning sensation. It has been compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping or your skin or even the popping of bacon grease (however there are no yummy smells involved.)  The big difference is that removal is achieved in a matter of minutes, not hours and we are generally older, wiser and not under the influence of, ahem…shall we […]

By | July 14th, 2015|Tattoo Removal|

How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

There are multiple factors involved in calculating this, primarily how big the tattoo is and how many treatments you will need. Most of our competitors use a system that involves calculating how many square inches your tattoo is. Why is this difficult? For one, most tattoos that we see are not square, they are a myriad of shapes; anchors, butterflies, “Moms,” tribal bands, wedding bands but certainly never square. Secondly this is a very subjective method. If you’ve got a ruler or a tape measure, you would need to measure the length and width at it’s largest dimensions, then multiply those two numbers, then…..FORGET IT!

We pride ourselves on having a straightforward, easy to understand pricing system that doesn’t involve complicated calculations based on square inches. Get out a quarter and a dollar and see which one covers up your tattoo. Our extra small tattoo can be covered by a quarter and the price is $50 per treatment. Two quarters would be a small for $99 per treatment. A tattoo that’s bigger than two quarters but smaller than a dollar is a medium for […]

By | May 19th, 2015|Tattoo Removal|