Mike Panic

Laser tattoo removal video - watch the process

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We can show before and after photos, talk about how it's done but I think for anyone who's considering getting a tattoo removed via laser should also probably watch a properly done treatment. YouTube is full of blisters, scabs, scars, bloody messes and all kinds of gross things. It's a shame Google Image Search is also full of the nasty tidbits. I'm sharing this video (and more in the future) not as a promotion of my business but as an informal education to the process, to help answer questions and to be the one who can answer them with my first hand experience both receiving treatments and doing them for clients.

This client has several tattoos he wants lightened, all to be covered later. The white frosting you see is water in the skin being vaporized from the heat of the laser (condensed beam of light), it typically will fade within 5-10 minutes post treatment and the tattoo may even look darker for up to two days following treatment. He's agreed to let me record a bunch of his treatments so as he comes in I hope to expand both my creativeness with editing but also loop together one larger, longer video.

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thanks for posting a nice little video. on the topic of nasty internet information and blisters.... I've seen some pretty nasty blisters and had a few myself... I noticed as the treatments got more aggressive I did get more blisters, but nothing unmanageable. Would you say treatments should be almost blister free? Or does it just depend on how aggressive you want to get?

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thanks for posting a nice little video.

You're welcome! I'll be sharing more as I film / edit / upload them.

on the topic of nasty internet information and blisters.... I've seen some pretty nasty blisters and had a few myself... I noticed as the treatments got more aggressive I did get more blisters, but nothing unmanageable. Would you say treatments should be almost blister free? Or does it just depend on how aggressive you want to get?

There are 3 factors that determine how fast a tattoo fades and what complications you may or may not have with them. Your immune system plays a huge role in all of this. The pigment that was used; more than 1k different non-FDA regulated pigments, what makes them is generally pretty nasty stuff. The talent of the artist who put the work into you. The 4th would be the laser tech and their knowledge and experience.

Generally speaking, blisters should be a very rare occurrence and the two main reasons why the happen are: 1. a reaction / allergy to the newly fractured pigment particles in your dermis, again due to what makes pigments up. Sometimes your immune systems quickest way of ridding the body is through the surface of the skin, hence the blister. This is generally the lesser of two reasons you'll blister. 2. an overly aggressive laser tech / one who didn't calculate properly for your skin tone and pigment density.

The older method of removing tattoos, using Co2 almost always resulted in blisters and was extremely painful.

The further along in your removal process the more aggressive the tech needs to be because the level of pigment left in contrast to the skin tone pigment becomes less noticeable, but you still shouldn't be dealing with massive blisters on a regular basis.

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You're welcome! I'll be sharing more as I film / edit / upload them.

Mike thanks for the insightful response - I look forward to more videos.

I have had blisters as my treatment has become more aggressive, but not massive blisters so I thought I'd ask your thoughts. I recently had a treatment with Picosure, which I am hoping will speed up the process. It did seem less painful, so I'd say that's a plus too. Have you worked with Picosure or have plans to? actually I see that I can post a thread now so I am going to start one on Picosure.....

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@seasam The further along in your process, the less painful it should become. Less pigment = less loud popping sounds during treatment = less pain.

I've read up on the Picosure, but being a relatively new business (LLC formed in July, business started in September 2012) our budget won't allow for a laser upgrade for a while. The technology is interesting and I'm sure it will be where we go when the time is right for us.

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thanks Mike good to know that the popping should subside a bit.

I don't even want to know what those new machines cost.... I'll see if anyone chimes in on the new thread I started regarding the pico.

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thanks Mike good to know that the popping should subside a bit.

I don't even want to know what those new machines cost.... I'll see if anyone chimes in on the new thread I started regarding the pico.

There are a lot of zero's, that's all I will say haha.

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Nice Video.there are several laser devices currently available but they all use the same basic technology.a device delivers laser energy to the unwanted hair, which penetrates each strand right to the root and damages the follicle.

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This is really impressive post.this video will definitely helpful for the users and this like feeding with spoon.

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Really nice video thank you for sharing it.nicely describe the process of removing the hair with help of laser.i would like to say that it looks easy but it acquires a professional skills.

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Thank for hour helpful video. Could you help me to explain" I had 1 laser session 2 weeks ago. However, The skin part where the laser goes to is darker as a dark-spot. My doctor give me a prescription including 2month supplement to apply to skin in order to see the result. Is your skin dark like that? I am quite worry about the dark skin area" . Thanks you and have nice weekend.

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@Mike Panic I just had my first sitting at a nearby place that upgraded to a q-plus c machine in recent months, can you give a compare/contrast to other laser technology out there?

Also wanted to say that I've had other lightening treatments before at a different place but never was offered this 'cold air' treatment(cryo 6? I'm not gonna pretend to know much about the machines, just what their names are). It was 1/10th the pain level as previous sittings, and not that the previous technician was poorly trained; he was the guy to see for states around.

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I have never used the Quanta @irezumi, but I have a colleague in Australia who has one and produces great results. The technology is essentially the same laser I use, but also has the ability to do Ruby (different wavelength) for certain, specific and stubborn colors.

The cold air was probably a Zimmer Cryo 6, we use the 5 because we got a really sweet deal on it and from what my maintenance guy tells me, they are easier for him to maintain (he's an authorized Zimmer repair specialist so I trust him). Utilizing cold air makes a HUGE difference IMHO for both the comfort level of the client sitting but also in the short term swelling.

Best of luck with your fading, ask any other questions if you have them.

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