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Extensive facial tattoo removal [video]

Mike Panic

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I'm sharing this so you can get a grasp of how quick the procedure is, for those who are wondering, and to showcase some of my skills.

This client is heavily modified and has decided to change their look in order to facilitate further modifications. This is the first pace on half of their face, we treated both sides during the same visit. Most full removals will require 10-12 treatments over a one and a half to 2 year period.

The white "frosting" that appears immediately after the the laser is water vapor, a byproduct of the laser tattoo removal treatment. Within 10 minutes, this fades and is not a burn or blister.

In the left hand of this video is a hose, it's a cryo-chiller, a device that blows extremely cold air onto the skin before and during a treatment to help reduce any short-term swelling, a common side effect. It is not a vacuum.

What you see here was filmed in real time, showing just how fast tattoo removal treatments are.

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I really don't like to speculate @el_alquimista - blistering happens for a lot of reasons.

They can be any one or combination of the following: Chinese knock-off laser, these have unregulated power supplies and will often 'jump' to higher or lower settings. Improper technique. Lack of cryo-chiller to provide adequate heat reduction and reduce inflammation. Applying an oil / petroleum based topical solution on the skin post treatment. The ink itself, with no regulation on tattoo ink we don't have any real clue tow hat makes up the pigment or how your body will deal with it once it's been fractured. Existing scar tissue. Pigment saturation.

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I didn't watch the whole video @sourpussoctopus but at 10 seconds, the 'technique' used there is not proper and most likely is the cause for the blisters.

As a general rule of thumb, any machine a single person can pick up, or packs away in a brief case is unregulated and will take entirely too long to do a treatment and increase the chances for short and long term trauma. The machine used in this video you shared is 'real'. One of the other tell-tale signs is if the machine has a connection 'hose', a flexible piece between the head piece and the base, it's not up to spec. That's because the handpiece in these machines actually has the laser in it, the hose has the electrical connections. On a 'real' machine, these arms are always solid and are hollow, the laser is march larger and in the base, weighing upwards of 300lbs in some cases. The bottom 3/4 of the machine is the power supply. The arm has a series of mirrors to transmit the light to the hand piece.

These are 2 random examples of machines you want to avoid being treated by:



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