What Is the Enlighten Laser?
Enlighten is a new, cutting-edge laser technology for tattoo removal and other purposes. The previous technology, as epitomized by the Q-Switch laser, was effective at removing tattoos, but it also had a number of disadvantages. The Enlighten solves those problems (such as the need for multiple treatments, risk of scarring and higher cost). The picotechnology, ultra-short pulses are more effective, and result in shorter treatment times (shorter treatments = less pain). This breakthrough technology is one of the first real advances in tattoo removal technology in the last 20 years, which is why ALLURE MEDICAL is proud to offer it to our patients.
What Makes It Different?
Previously, lasers used to remove tattoos by breaking apart the ink pigments. For example, the Q-Switch, which was the standard of care for a long time, utilized nanotechnology, which delivers laser energy at the speed of billionth of a second. The broken ink particles are absorbed into the tissues and gradually removed by the lymphatic system.
The Enlighten uses a much faster, more advanced, cutting edge technology called picotechnology. Picotechnology delivers greater laser energy at an incredible speed of trillionth of a second; 1000x faster than nano-technology. This causes a rapid thermal expansion that shatters tattoo pigment into minuscule particles, which can be then absorbed more quickly and excreted from the body.
What Are the Advantages of an Enlighten Laser?
Several distinctive advantages exist in utilizing picotechnology over nanotechnology for tattoo removal. Depending on the ink colors and the size of the tattoo, it normally requires only 1/2 the amount of treatments with the Enlighten Laser. Nanotechnology also generates heat with longer duration, which increases the risk of scarring. The Enlighten Laser's picotechnology generates heat 1000x faster, separating tattoo pigment into much smaller particles and at the same time reducing thermal collateral damage to the target's surrounding tissues. Unwanted tattoos could now truly be removed more efficiently with less chance of scarring, less pain and shorter recovery time.
Enlighten is the newest addition to the laser tattoo removal market. Currently offered at our Tucson AZ location, this laser offers two wavelengths to treat many colors of ink in any skin tone. It is unique because it offers both picosecond and nanosecond delivery. By offering both delivery systems, patients experience faster tattoo removal in fewer treatments on any color of tattoo. Most patients have 3-6 treatments 6 weeks apart. Whether you have someone’s name tattooed on your arm that you are no longer with or love body art and want to redo an old piece, ALLURE Medical is here to help.
A tattoo results when the skin is punctured and pigment inserted into the lower layer of skin. The body’s own defense mechanism reacts to this ‘injury’ but is unable to cast out the larger particles of pigment. Before the development of laser therapy, the only alternatives available to people seeking to have their tattoos removed were surgical excision, skin grafts and the use of salt, acid and other chemical abrasives.
Not only do these techniques cause considerable discomfort, they usually require a lengthy period of after-care and will typically replace the original tattoo with a scar. Some colors and application of tattoos are harder to remove than others. Enlighten technology is latest entry into the tattoo removal marketing has the best chance of removing all tattoos without scarring in 3-6 treatments.
The Enlighten works by firing a beam of light through the skin in extremely short pulses. The light is absorbed by the tattoo ink creating a reaction which breaks the ink down into very tiny particles. The particles are removed over time by macrophages who carry off these fragments of ink. The Enilighten uses both picosecond and nanosecond technology to break up different types and colors of ink.
Pricing for this procedure varies by size of the treatment area. Sizes include small (2X2”) , medium (5X5”) and large (8X8”) and sleeves, which are quoted by size and time of treatment. Additional discounts are offered when removing more than one tattoo at a treatment time and paying for packages of 3 or 6 treatments at once. Pricing starting at $250 a session & up
A typical treatment session can last anything between five minutes to 30 minutes depending on the size and number of tattoos the client wishes to have removed.
The treatment stings and may cause some minor discomfort which will start to subside when the session is over. It is our mission to make very effort to assure your comfort during any procedure.
Some clients may blister. This is quite normal and does not indicate potential scarring. Rarely is any specific treatment required and it will usually clear within a few days. A dry dressing may be applied to avoid contact with clothes, etc. When bathing or showering, the area should be patted dry and not rubbed. If blistering occurs, prolonged immersion in water, e.g. swimming should be avoided.
After treatment with the Enlighten laser, we will apply an antibiotic cream .The tattoo may sting, like a burn, for 2-4 hours post treatment. You may experience itching during the healing process. During your series of tattoo removal treatments, the area should be protected from strong sunlight by means of a reputable sun-block cream or by covering the tattoo.
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