Laser Tattoo Removal
At Des Moines Plastic Surgery, we offer a full line of laser services using the latest in laser technology under the direct supervision of Dr. Robbins, board certified plastic surgeon. We understand that not all patients desire cosmetic surgery. So, we offer a wide scope of laser services within Des Moines Plastic Surgery which allows Dr. Robbins and his experienced staff to select the most appropriate and effective treatment for each and every patient. For a complete evaluation and discussion about our Healthy Skin & Laser Center, please call us for your complimentary cosmetic consultation at (515) 221-9999.
Lasers have improved our ability to treat skin conditions and improve the appearance of the skin. Dr. Robbins is a board certified plastic surgeon and is the Medical Director of The Healthy Skin & Laser Center at Des Moines Plastic Surgery. We offer the latest technology in laser treatments including skin resurfacing, skin tightening, tattoo removal, hair removal, reduction of excessive sweating, etc. All lasers are either performed by Dr Robbins himself or one of his highly qualified staff members. Unlike many other “laser centers” that do not have an onsite supervising physician, at Des Moines Plastic surgery your comfort and safety is of the utmost importance.
Laser Tattoo Removal Cancellation Policy
Our Laser Tattoo Removal Cancellation Policy goes into effect September 18th, 2012. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of scheduling a Laser Tattoo Removal Appointment. If you do not show for your scheduled appointment or cancel the appointment less than 24 hours prior, you will NOT be refunded your $50 deposit, nor will it be used toward ANY future treatments.
LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
Sometimes......a tattoo someone received years ago just doesn't represent their personality today.
Using the Q-Plus C Quanta®
The Healthy Skin & Laser Center at Des Moines Plastic Surgery is one of the only plastic surgery practices in Iowa to offer laser tattoo removal. We have one of the busiest laser tattoo clinics in the Midwest. In a recent study it is estimated that 15% of adults have tattoos. It is estimated that 50% of those receiving tattoos will want to have them removed within 10 years of application. This is a large and rapidly growing market. The Healthy Skin & Laser Center at Des Moines Plastic Surgery offers tattoo removal with the Q-Plus C Quanta Laser®. Q-Plus C Quanta Laser is considered the Gold Standard in laser tattoo removal. It is the hightest performance Q-switched laser on the market and it is the only one of it's kind in Des Moines. It is the ONLY true three wavelength Q-switched system. This laser delivers light of specific wavelengths in ultra-short, very high peak energy pulses which are absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo and result in an acoustic shockwave. The shockwave shatters the pigment particles causing them to break into fragments small enough for removal by the body. These tiny particles are then eliminated by the body. Mixed wavelengths allow for treatment of multiple ink colors. These three wavelengths (Nd:YAG 1064nm for dark blue and black ink, 532nm for red, orange, yellow, and purple ink, & Ruby 694nm for blue, sky blue, black, green and violet ink) achieve the highest possible power, producing remarkable results. The addition of the 694nm ruby laser to the Q-Plus C platform allows us to treat the blues and greens which are resistant to other Nd: YAG lasers.
Q:Why come to Des Moines Plastic Surgery's Healthy Skin & Laser Center for your tattoo removal?
A: We are the first and only clinic in Des Moines to purchase the Q-Plus C Series laser tattoo machine. This allows our customers more convenience when scheduling appointments. Appointments are scheduled at your convenience, not the convenience of the laser rental company. Treatments are faster, less painful, and more effective with fewer treatments. We have done our research and have invested in a proven technology that works. We are one of the busiest laser tattoo companies in the Midwest. Our technicians are qualified laser technicians and have many years of experience.
Q: What you can expect from the Q-Plus C Laser®?
A: For laser tattoo removal, the number of treatments needed depends on the tattoo’s depth, color, and ink composition. Black, red, dark orange, and dark blue are colors that typically respond more quickly to treatments. Green, purple, yellow, light orange, white, and light blue colors respond more slowly and may require more treatments. Treatments are recommended every 4-8 weeks.
Q: How does the laser work?
A: To remove the tattoo the Q-Plus C delivers high intensity light pulses at nanoseconds (one thousandth of a second) and bursts the tattoo ink into many fragmented pieces that are harmlessly eliminated by the body. The tattoo ink selectively absorbs the light without damaging the normal surrounding skin tissue in the process.
Q: Do the treatments hurt?
A: You may experience a mild discomfort similar to a rubber band snap during the procedure. Most patients do not require any form of numbing cream or injection. The Q-Plus C at Des Moines Plastic Surgery's Healthy Skin & Laser Center is very fast which eliminates a majority of the discomfort. Numbing cream and injections of local anesthesia are available for those who need it.
Q: How many treatments will it require to remove the tattoo?
A: Removing a professionally applied tattoo is usually a fading process that requires a series of treatments spaced at 4 to 6 weeks apart. Some tattoos will require greater than 10 treatment sessions. There are many variables that influence the success of laser tattoo removal. The depth, color and amount of ink, as well as the location of the tattoo on the body are all determining factors in how quickly the tattoo can be removed. Most amateur, "street tattoos" and traumatic tattoos are removed in fewer treatments. Dr. Robbins and his staff can give you a more accurate estimate of your treatment course after the tattoo is seen during a complimentary tattoo consultation.
Q: How long do the treatments take?
A: Each treatment lasts a few minutes depending on the size of the tattoo and the colors involved. An initial consultation is required, but we often do treatments the same day as a consultation to save you time.
Q: Can the laser tattoo treatments lighten an existing tattoo?
A: Many tattoo artists encourage customers to receive a minimum number of laser treatments to lighten an existing tattoo before covering it with a new one. This will dramatically reduce any chance of the old tattoo appearing through the new one. In some cases, a minimum of 2-4 treatments is all that's required to lighten an existing tattoo. It does depend on the colors in the existing tattoo. If there are colors in the existing tattoo that will not fade as well as others, more treatments may be needed.
Please call our office at (515) 221-9999 for a complimentary tattoo consultation. Dr. Robbins and his qualified staff will discuss the process with you and answer any of your questions. We will also provide you a quote for the cost of your tattoo removal treatments!