The decision to get a tattoo is often regretted, as is evidenced by the number of people who seek methods of tattoo removal. For most who regret this decision, the first thought is usually laser removal. Few of these patients, however, realize the complexity of this simple-sounding process. Far from quick or instantaneous, the process of using lasers to remove tattoos can be painful, time-consuming, and expensive. Laser treatment of tattoos can leave scars, while microneedling for tattoo removal does not.
Tattoos that feature shades other than black can be resistant to lasers. Also, some tattoos never fully fade away using this method, while others are very difficult to treat and require an extensive number of treatments. The typical number of treatments promised for complete laser removal of a tattoo is 5 or 6, but the actual average number needed for complete removal is 15, sometimes more depending upon the patient’s health and the size and color of the tattoo.
Some doctors and estheticians were determined to find a more effective way to remove tattoos. They knew that lasers had the potential to be effective but wanted to find a way to make the tattooed area more conducive to being successfully treated this way. Combining microneedling with the laser treatments was their ultimate solution.
Directly prior to laser treatments, doctors treat the area with a microneedling device which creates tiny microwounds in the skin. These tiny holes allow for a better penetration of laser light and may help to remove particles of fractured ink through the stimulation of the skin through the wounding/healing process.
Ultimately, it is believed that this combination treatment of lasers and microneedling will drastically reduce the number of actual treatments required to completely remove a tattoo from the skin.
The microneedling procedure typically adds around 15 minutes to each complete tattoo treatment. Most patients find the process to be painless and experience minimal discomfort. As with any medical procedure, results vary, but some patients saw up to a 60% better improvement in tattoo fading than with laser treatments alone.
Microneedling can also be paired with The A Method Tattoo Eraser System.
Dr. Tina Alster:
“I’m getting about the same results with Collagen P.I.N. and The A Method Tattoo Eraser System as I am from some of my tattoo removal lasers. I like to use this combination on cosmetic tattoos which often contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and are red, flesh color, or brown, and do not respond well to the laser. Additionally, I like to use microneedling with Collagen P.I.N. and The A Method Tattoo Eraser System on those with darker skin tones. Using lasers on darker skin tones will often cause the areas to turn light or dark. Physicians have to be an advanced laser user to use lasers well on darker skin phototypes. For physicians who don’t have the lasers or the experience with treating darker skin tones, using Collagen P.I.N. and The A Method Tattoo Eraser system is a great way to remove ink.”