- State-of-the-art Astanza Trinity multi-wavelength tattoo removal lasers
- The best lasers for each color, including our Astanza Eternity Ruby Laser for bright greens and sky blues
- Board-certified, specialized providers with over 10 years’ laser tattoo removal experience
- Cutting edge techniques: R20
- Doctors on call 24 hours a day for your safety
- You’ll see the same provider for each treatment
At our facility in Frederick, Maryland, laser tattoo removal treatments are provided by Jessie Mallalieu, our Physician Assistant, and Susan Young, our Laser & Cosmetic Nurse. Our modern office is always clean and your treatments are private. Our staff is courteous and professional, and our fees are very competitive.
Lasers are the only way to safely remove a tattoo and, in the state of Maryland, only Doctors, Physician Assistants and Registered Nurses are legally permitted to operate tattoo removal lasers.
A series of our Astanza Trinity laser tattoo removal treatments can result in complete removal of all colors with the least risk of scarring. Discomfort can be reduced or eliminated with numbing creams or injections.
Why is Astanza Trinity technology better?
The Astanza Trinity is the most powerful multi-wavelength system on the market–which means it’s the best solution for full-spectrum (all color) tattoo removal” Dr. Michael Warner
Astanza Trinity Details
- Removes all ink colors
- Including resistant blue, green, orange and red inks that other systems leave behind
- Safe for all ethnicities
- Because the Astanza Trinity features 3 laser wavelengths instead of just 1 or 2, it offers us more treatment options for treating medium and darker skin types safely
- Faster removal results
- The Astanza Trinity has more peak power across its 3 wavelengths than any other laser, which means it’s more efficient at breaking up tattoo ink and gives you better results in fewer treatments
What is R20 tattoo removal?
R20 tattoo removal uses two passes of laser light to break up the ink in your tattoo, rather than the older ‘one pass’ method. There is no additional downtime or adverse side effects with R20 tattoo removal. Recent studies have shown that two passes, separated by at least 20 minutes, remove significantly more ink than one pass. More than two passes does not seem to have an additional benefit.
Who can have tattoo removal?
If you have a tattoo that you don’t love anymore, choose us to remove it with our Astanza Trinity lasers. Or if you prefer to cover your tattoo with new ink, we can use our lasers to lighten the old tattoo first.
How do the lasers work?
The laser emits an intense beam of light which is absorbed by the tattoo ink. The laser energy breaks the ink particles into small fragments. After treatment is when your body does the hard work. Scavenger cells activate to collect the ink particles and absorb them.
How long will my tattoo removal treatment take?
The physician assistant or nurse pulses the entire tattoo using the Astanza Trinity laser hand piece. The time to treat a tattoo depends on the size of the tattoo and the number of colors. A small (one inch) single color tattoo takes less than five minutes. A large multi-color tattoo takes up to 30 minutes. If you choose R20 tattoo removal, you’ll be here for 30-45 minutes.
We’ll make sure to give you an estimate for the length of your treatments at your initial consultation.
Does the laser hurt?
You will experience discomfort with each pulse similar to the discomfort you felt when you received the tattoo. We’ll give you a prescription for a numbing cream at your initial consultation which will make your visit easier.
You should apply the cream in a thick layer and cover the entire area with plastic wrap two hours prior to the procedure. We’ll remove the cream once you arrive for your appointment, and our provider will inject the area with Lidocaine so that you’re even more comfortable.
How will my tattoo look after treatment?
After a single treatment, your tattoo will whiten immediately. In a few minutes, the white color from the laser dissipates and the tattoo will be swollen, red, and sometimes crusty (like a fresh tattoo). Your tattoo will be back to normal in a few days or a week.
Several treatments are necessary before the colors start to fade. As your tattoo fades with additional treatments, its colors may become uneven or spotty.
How frequently will I have to come in for treatments?
We prefer to wait four to six weeks between the visits to allow your body to absorb the fragmented tattoo particles. Waiting longer than six weeks between tattoo removal treatments will not impact overall success.
How many treatments are necessary for most people?
It is not possible to accurately predict the total number of treatments needed. On average, amateur tattoos take 6 to 8 treatments. Professional tattoos can require 6 to 12 treatments. Tattoos over tattoos can require more than 12 treatments. R20 tattoo removal reduces the total number of visits required to remove the tattoo.
Patients who pre-pay for 5 tattoo removal sessions will get the 6th treatment for free. Treatments range from $200 to $500, depending on the size of your tattoo.
What are my risks?
Depending on the natural pigment of your skin, you may notice temporary darkening or lightening of the skin that’s been treated. Permanent texture changes such as firmness or lumpiness are possible. Certain colors (historically, those used in cosmetic tattoos) can turn black when treated. This black discoloration might not respond to further laser treatments.
Some tattoos do not fully respond to laser treatment and residual spotty pigment is possible. Rarely, a tattoo will not respond at all. It is not possible to identify which tattoos will not completely respond or the rare tattoo that will not respond at all. We will discontinue treatments if no response is visible by the fourth session.
There are reports of allergic skin reactions forming in the tattoo or on the entire body after laser treatment. As with any medical or surgical intervention, unforeseen consequences are possible.
How can I minimize my risks?
Keeping your skin as pale as possible in the tattoo area will keep the risk of pigment problems as low as possible. Use sunscreens if the tattoo is exposed daily or keep it covered with clothes or bandages. To ensure the laser will work well at each visit, do not pick or tear at the scabs that form after your laser treatment.
What should I do now?
Call our office to schedule a consultation with our Astanza Trinity tattoo removal providers, Susan or Jessie. They both have over a decade of experience and will answer any questions you may have: (301) 698-2424.