Your Guide to Rapid Tattoo Removal

R20 Tattoo Removal FAQ

What are the benefits to R20 and why should I get it?

Previously it would take months and even years for a tattoo to be removed through laser. Now, with the new R20 technology of tattoo removal, it only takes a few several minute sessions to do the job. R20 is also a non-invasive procedure which saves you a lot of trouble you would generally expect during invasive surgical procedures of tattoo removal like grafting and excision.

With R20 most people get their tattoos faded out after a couple of sessions. They also cause the least permanent injury to the skin although some short term scabbing and injury should be expected.

How much does it cost?

Considering the actual cost of tattoo removal is vital. R20 Tattoo Removal can cost anything from several hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on the location and type of tattoo and the size and the amount of sessions required. Since it is a cosmetic procedure, the removal is not covered by medical insurance either.

How many treatments are needed?

A physician will be able to determine the actual number of treatment sessions required for R20 Tattoo Removal by keeping in mind the pigments used in the tattoo design, location of tattoo, tissue change, the amount of ink used and the size of tattoo. This varies with every individual and health care providers will be able to use the "Kirby-Desai Scale" for dermatologists, to predict the number of treatments required.

How painful is the procedure?

Most people who have had this procedure say that the pulses from laser feel like hot bacon grease hitting your skin, while others say it is like getting slapped by an elastic band. The pain threshold varies from person to person but it is a pretty tolerable process on the whole. Your physician will recommend the use of non-aspirin medicines like Tylenol prior to procedure to dull the aches. It is important to note that NSAIDs and Aspirin cannot be used for this treatment as they can cause scarring after procedure. Most surgeons will also apply an anesthetic cream to the area two hours before tattoo removal to curb the pain. Afterwards, you may experience discomfort like sunburn and there might be some scabbing, depending on skin type of individual so you will have to be gentle with the affected area.

How does the R20 process work?

Tattoos contain big particles of pigment, applied to dermal layers of skin that are basically made with thousands of such particles. These cannot be absorbed by skin naturally because they occur in large fragments. R20 process of tattoo removal works by applying a light beam through Q-switching lasers, directly onto the pigment, to break it down into smaller fragments. These smaller fragments are readily absorbed by skin and eliminated through the immune system, causing the tattoo to fade and eventually disappear entirely.

How safe is the procedure?

Side effects in this process are very rare and the procedure is very safe, as long as you select the right physician. There might be some transient changes in the normal skin pigmentation after the process but they are rarely ever permanent and clear out within six to twelve months. Some skin types may be at more risk of hyper pigmentation than others.

What to expect post treatment?

You may experience some pinpoint bleeding and a white discoloration right after treatment. Most of this is a temporary reaction to the laser touching the pigment and causing a chemical reaction. These minor issues will resolve within twenty four hours. A scab will also appear over the tattoo which will come off in about fourteen days. Other than you will need simple wound care and no topical antibiotics are needed. Your tattoo will also start to fade, ensuring that the treatment has worked.

Does R20 work on all color inks?

Many different colors of laser light are required for R20 Tattoo Removal. The reason for this is that different lasers of varying wavelengths will tackle different pigment colors. For multicolored tattoos, two or more laser wavelengths will be required. R20 works best on black, blue and red inks but green and yellow inks and other fluorescent colors might require more laser wavelengths and are trickier to handle.

What questions should I ask during a consultation?

During a consultation, you should inquire from your doctor about the amount of follow-up sessions that will be required to remove the tattoo entirely. Dermatologists will be able to predict that by using the Kirby-Desai Scale. You can also ask about any risks that you should be concerned about and what to expect after the procedure. You also need to know how many weeks the post-treatment interval should be.

How is R20 different from standard tattoo removal methods?

R20 is different from other tattoo removal methods because it makes use of Q-switching lasers rather than continuous wave lasers of before. New Q-switching lasers can produce more effective and energized light pulses, and the pulse duration is longer than before. This offers a better and faster tattoo removal.

Would my skin type affect the procedure?

Even the color of your skin can affect the removal procedure a little bit but on the whole, R20 Tattoo Removal process works for all skin types. Your dermatologist will find the appropriate laser that works well for your skin type.

What are the Alternative procedures and products?

Alternative tattoo removal procedures include Excision, skin grafting, dermabrasion, Salabrasion and cryosurgery.

Excision is the surgical removal of the skin region where the tattoo is located. This is usually performed only when dealing with a small tattooed. The edges are then closed with sutures. This is similar to the process of skin grafting, when a graft from another location is used to replace a large tattoo removal area.

Dermabrasion is another procedure for removal which involves using an abrasive instrument on skin to remove the upper layers on which pigment is present. This is also a surgical procedure and requires local anesthetic.

Salabrasion uses a solution of table salt and water with an abrading apparatus and applied to skin to remove layers.

Cryosurgery, often used for warts and skin tags, is also sometimes used for tattoo removal and involves the application of extreme cold to destroy pigmented tissue.

DIY Creams: Some products for tattoo removal include DIY creams like TatBGone and Tattoo-Off. Some people claim that tattoos can also be faded over time with saline injections into inked areas. Generally this method is considered for older tattoos.

What is the type of laser used for the R20 procedure?

The laser used for the R20 procedure is known as a Q-switched laser. These are lasers designed to produce a pulsed output beam. The process gives extremely high peak power light pulses, which you can't get from the outdated continuous wave pulse laser models. For R20 tattoo removal, different wavelengths of light are used to remove different color pigments.