Ink particles come in many different sizes and formations, and tattoos come in a variety of colors. With this variation, the removal of tattoos can be quite a challenge. For effective treatments, multiple wavelengths delivered at high power, and the ability to target and treat at depth are critical. Enlighten Laser is the only laser system in its class to feature both longer (2 nanoseconds) and shorter (750 picoseconds) pulse durations, enabling effective treatment of tattoo removal with therapeutic delivery at every spot-size.
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Introduced in 2014, Enlighten is the most advanced laser system for the effective and safe removal of tattoos and benign pigmented lesions.
Enlighten features extremely short and high-power picosecond laser pulses which efficiently and quickly break down the ink particles in tattoos. A ‘picosecond’ is one-trillionth of a second, and is 1,000 times shorter than the ‘nanosecond’ pulses used in existing lasers for tattoo removal. Picosecond laser pulses have been shown to remove tattoos more completely and in fewer treatment sessions than traditional laser used historically in the past.
The total number of treatments vary depending on the composition, depth and the color of the ink, as well as the size of the tattoo. You should be prepared for multiple treatment sessions, and your provider can give you a better idea of the total number of treatments needed during your consultation and once your treatments begin.
Tattoo ink is deposited deep in the skin. In order to reach all of the ink in the skin, multiple treatment sessions are needed for clearance. Depth, size and color of the tattoo also impact the number of treatments needed.
In many cases, yes. However, it is very important to know that some ink colors are more difficult to clear than others. Consult with your enlighten specialist to determine if Enlighten is right for you.
Patients compare the procedure to a rubber band being snapped against their skin. Topical or local anesthetics may be available from your provider to minimize discomfort.
Most patients experience redness and swelling immediately following the treatment. These side effects are temporary.
No, in fact patients can return to regular activities immediately following the treatment.
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