Laser Services

Thanks to technological advances, more and more men and women are making the decision to permanently rid themselves of unwanted facial and body hair. These FDA-approved laser services produce proven results. In addition to hair removal, laser services also can be used to remove spider veins and for other skin treatments. Bottsford's Vein and Laser has long been a leader in these services, and today boasts 3 state of the art Candela Lasers.

Tattoo Removal

The treatment for pigmented lesions (age spots, freckles, etc.) and tattoos are basically the same. Described below is basically everything you need to know about the procedure and even the steps of the procedure.  If you have any questions please call our office.

 

AlexTriVantage Laser

The Candela laser is safer than traditional methods because of its unique ability to selectively treat the tattoo. Thus, it will eliminate the tattoo while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

What conditions are treated with the Candela laser system?

Tattoos(amateur and professional;multiple tattoo inks) are treated.  The effectiveness of the laser is dependent upon the age, location, depth, and type of tattoo, as well as on the composition of the pigments.

Why would someone have a tattoo removed?

Many people are uncomfortable with a tattoo they had applied several years ago.  It is estimated that as many as 50% of individuals with tattoos regret the permanency of the tattoo and wish to have it removed.  With the Candela lasers, treatment is now possible.

What does treatment involve? 

Treatment with the Candela lasers varies from patient to patient depending on the age, size and type of tattoo, color of the patient's skin and depth to which the tattoo extends beneath the skin's surface.  In general, these steps will take place:

  • The patient is provided eye protection consisting of an opaque covering or goggles at time of treatment.
  • The skin's reaction to the laser is tested druing the first visit to determine the most effective treatment. 
  • Treatment consists of placing a handpiece against the surface of the skin and activating the laser.  As many patients describe it, each pulse feels like the snapping of a rubber band against the skin.
  • Smaller tattoos or skin lesions will require fewer pulses, while larger ones will require more.  All tattoos will require retreatments, necessitating multiple patient visits.  The number of treatments varies between 5 to 7 depending on the depth of color.
  • The Candela system is less painful and requires less recovery time than some other treatment methods. The degree of discomfort varies with each person, depending on his/her pain threshold.  Most patients do not require pain management.  In some cases, however, depending on the nature and location of the tattoo or lesion, the physician may elect to use some form of anesthetic.

Is it possible to have tattoos treated that were previously treated by another modality?

Patients with previously treated tattoos may be candidates for the Candela lasers.  Tattoos that have not been effectively removed by other treatments may respond well to Candela laser therapy, providing prior treatment did not cause excessive scarring or skin damage.

Should certain precautions be taken after treatment?

Immediately following treatment, an ice pack may be applied to soothe the treated area.  A topical antibiotic cream or ointment is recommended.  Care should be taken in the first few days following treatment to avoid scrubbing the area, and abrasive skin cleansers should be avoided.  A bandage may help to prevent abrasion of the treated area.  During the course of treatment it is recommended that patients cover the area with a sun block that is approved by the treating physician.

Are there any side effects?

The Candela laser systems greatly reduce the potential for scarring or changes in skin texture.  Patients will experience temporary discoloration or reddening of the skin around the treatment site.  Some patients may also experience a temporary lightening or darkening of the skin for a few months following treatment.  The skin will typically resolve to normal pigmentation color.  It is important to follow the recommendations of the treating physician for proper post-treatment skin care.