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5 Common Tattoo Removal Questions

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If you are considering removing your tattoo, give LaserMed a call.

If you have a tattoo you regret, seeking assistance from Atlanta tattoo removal specialist Dr. Jean Chapman may be the solution for you. The process of removing a tattoo is done by targeting a laser at the tattooed area. The specialized laser will send short pulses of light into the skin, breaking up the ink and causing it to dissolve. After multiple sessions, the tattoo will fade and eventually disappear.
 
1) How long does removal take? The number of sessions required for removing a tattoo can vary on the placement, depth, density, and color of the tattoo. On average, you’ll need 6 – 10 sessions to see the best results. Although the sessions themselves are brief, you’ll need to schedule them 5 – 6 weeks apart so your skin has adequate time to heal.
 
2) Are all inks easy to remove? The ease of removal varies with each individual. In general, darker inks can be removed more easily, but different wavelengths of light are used to break up different colors of ink. For Atlanta tattoo removal patients, our staff at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic will be able to give you a more precise estimate on how difficult your removal will be during your consultation.
 
3) What should I do to the area after a treatment? After each session, you should cover the area in antibiotic ointment 2 – 3 times a day and put a sterile dressing over it. Scabs, blisters, and red skin are common in the week following a session, and to prevent infection, it’s important not to pick at or scratch the area. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.
 
4) Is laser tattoo removal painful? You will likely experience mild to moderate discomfort while getting a tattoo removed. One common analogy is that it’s like have a rubber band snapped against the skin repeatedly. In some cases, an anesthetic gel or cream will be applied to the area before each session to minimize pain.
 
5) Will laser tattoo removal leave a scar? When up-to-date removal techniques are used, scarring is rare, but hyperpigmentation does sometimes occur. Practicing proper aftercare is important in minimizing scarring and discoloration. If you’re in the Atlanta area and would like to learn more about the specifics of tattoo removal, contact Dr. Jean Chapman for a consultation. At your appointment, Dr. Chapman can give you more of an idea about how many sessions you’ll need and what to expect from the process.

Can I Remove my Tattoo Myself?

Atlanta Laser Tattoo Removal Before and AfterAs Atlanta tattoo removal experts at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic, we’re more than a little concerned that if you type ‘Can I Remove my Tattoo Myself?’ in the search bar, Google returns almost 7.5 million results. The short answer to this question is no but we’ll spend a few minutes answering any counterarguments you might have to the contrary.

The most common reason people want to find a non-medical option for removing a tattoo is that they want to save money. Professional, medical tattoo removal requires multiple sessions and while the procedures are not terribly expensive, people always try to find a cheaper method. However, all home remedy options for tattoo removal are either unsafe or ineffective. In fact the most common home remedy that shows up in search results for removing your tattoo at home involves salt. We won’t go into detail about that method here or link to any article that does because that method is wildly unsafe. In fact, many home remedies are very likely to leave you with a scar that is worse than the tattoo you want removed.

Perhaps the main reason to never attempt to remove your own tattoo is a simple one: your health. Many tattoo removal home remedies we have seen online leave your skin badly damaged, raw, and cut, making you vulnerable to infection. Simply using a bottle of rubbing alcohol does not mean that any raw or cut skin will be properly cleaned. From the specially designed tools used for the treatments to the recovery process for your treated area being overseen by a doctor, laser tattoo removal is safer, more effective, and healthier than any cost saving internet suggested remedy.
Laser tattoo removal at LaserMed and Skin and Vein Clinic is performed under the guidance of Dr. Jean Chapman. Using a laser to deliver high intensity light to the tattooed area, over the course of 5-8 treatment the tattoo usually fades until it is no longer visible. The price for a tattoo 3 inches in diameter done in blue or black ink is approximately $300 per treatment. While that price might seem high, it pales in comparison the risk of serious infection setting is or an unsightly scar setting in after an ill-considered home remedy tattoo removal.

For most people, getting a tattoo is a long-term decision. Unfortunately though, some people come to regret their tattoo and decide they want to have it removed. And at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic, we can help. If you live in the Atlanta area, contact Dr. Jean Chapman today to schedule a consultation for your safe and effective laser tattoo removal.

Laser Treatment For Rosacea

Smiling Woman | Laser Treatment for RosaceaRosacea is a condition that causes pimples and redness to develop. Anyone can develop this skin condition, but it is most common in people with fair skin. Women are also more likely to develop rosacea than men just as older people are more likely to develop this condition than younger people.

Skin flushing, a swollen nose, acne, dry eyes, thick skin on the cheeks, chin or forehead are some of the most common symptoms of rosacea. Some people may also develop vision problems. The exact causes of rosacea are unknown. However, although rosacea has a tendency to run in families, is is neither contagious nor dangerous.

Laser treatment for rosacea is very effective therapy for treating thick skin around the nose and reducing flushing or redness caused by blood vessels. Pulse of light are used to create a clearer, more natural-looking complexion

Patients must continue to use topical medications in order to combat the bumps and pimples that accompany rosacea. Additionally, patients typically have to receive multiple treatments in order to see the desired outcome. Laser treatment is very safe, but it does come with the risks of side effects. Swelling, redness and bruising are some of the more commonly reported side effects. However, these side effects usually dissipate within two weeks.

While the time to complete a laser treatment for rosacea normally takes thirty minutes, the procedure time is always dependent on the size of the area being treated. Finally, there is little to no discomfort associated with getting this treatment.

There is no cure for rosacea. However, laser therapy offers a proven method of treatment. Dr. Jean Chapman and the staff at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic can perform laser treatment for patients in the Atlanta area who are tired of dealing with the redness, flushing, and thick skin around their nose cause by rosacea. Contact our Atlanta skin care office today for a consultation.

How To Treat Blue Under Eye Veins

Before and After of Laser Treatment on Facial VeinsIncreasing visibility of veins is one of the signs of aging skin. While varicose veins and spider veins remain the most common types of visible veins treated by vein specialists, Dr. Chapman at LaserMed Skin And Vein Clinic in Atlanta also treats blue, under eye veins on a regular basis.

Known as tortuous veins, these blue under eye veins can be successfully treated with just one laser treatment. The light from the laser will cause the blood to coagulate and the blood vessel to close. This will help eliminate the appearance of the veins.

There are a number of benefits that you can reap from getting laser treatment on your under eye veins. This procedure is relatively painless, and most patients only experience slight discomfort. A topical anesthetic cream, applied 45 minutes before the procedure. can be used to minimize the discomfort of this procedure.

Laser vein treatment is very safe, and the chances of having any side effects from it are low. In fact, the chances of suffering scarring from this procedure are less than one percent. Some patients may notice some slight bruising, but that typically subsides within five to seven days. Furthermore, laser treatment can be used on most skin types.

You may be wondering if the under eye veins will return after they have been treated. The answer to that question is no. Once the veins have been effectively treated, they will not return. However, it is important to note that some people have a genetic predisposition to developing visible veins. For that reason, you could still develop visible veins in other places on the body.

Because of the sensitive, and important, nature of the under eye area. Only a skilled physician experienced with performing facial vein procedures should used. Fortunately, Dr. Chapman has years of experience in treating Atlanta area patients for visible facial veins and a variety of other vein issues.

There is no need for you to continue to suffer from visible, blue, under eye tortuous veins. Contact Dr. Chapman today if you live in the Atlanta area and want to clear your skin of unsightly or problematic veins contact our LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic for a consultation.

Scar Remodeling

Lady receiving a Filler Treatment | Atlanta Skin CareScarring on the body can be embarrassing. The good news is that Dr. Chapman has non-surgical methods to help fill deep scarring and give back their patients’ confidence. Dermal fillers are an easy and relatively inexpensive treatment for scarring.

Perlane

Perlane is a safe and effective way to fill scarring. It was originally used to smooth and fill fine lines and wrinkles but has been found to be quite effective at treating scars with a few to no side effects. Perlane is made up of hyaluronic acid gel, an acid that our bodies naturally produce.
Perlane’s main function is to complement the body’s naturally occurring hyaluronic acid; when injected, it lasts anywhere from four to six months. The reason this is one of the most popular of all the dermal fillers is because the results can be seen almost immediately. A lot of patients even report seeing noticeable improvement in their scars before they even leave the office!

Restylane

Restylane is another dermal filling product that’s comprised of hyaluronic acid. and used to fill lines, wrinkles, and perform scar remodeling. When this brand is used, Dr. Chapman performs a procedure called “subcision”, which is when a needle is used to dislodge the scar tissue beneath the skin. The Restylane is then injected into that space, raising the scar and eliminating the indentation that was there before.

The subcision procedure works best on “rolling” scars or scars that have a large surface area. Scars with the diameter of a dime or quarter caused by cystic acne see great improvement with this procedure, often seeing improvement after a few treatments. Before the treatment, the area under the scar feels hard or lumpy and is caused by the scar tissue. It is this tissue that will be dislodged with the subcision.

It does take several months or even years of treatment with this kind of scar remodeling to have permanent results. The repetitive dislodging of the scar tissue is what removes the fibrous tissue from the base of the scar and the injections of the hyaluronic acid allows the skin to produce collagen and elastic to permanently fill the scar.

If you have a deep scarring and is finding it to negatively impact their life, they should call Dr. Chapman at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic and book a consultation to see how these two products may be able to restore you confidence and repair your skin to its former beauty.

Scar Treatment In Atlanta

Woman receiving Laser Treatment for FaceScars can be left on your skin as a result of a sore, wound, burn, blemish, or cut. Living with scar in a highly visible place like your face, neck, or shoulder can be very embarrassing, but fortunately, Dr. Chapman offer Atlanta area patients a number of treatment options to combat any worrisome scar. For example:

Laser Treatments

Laser technology can reduce the appearance of scars without harming the surrounding skin. You will notice phenomenal results in just a few treatments. Laser treatment is great for both acne and surgical scars. One of the many benefits of laser treatments is that the procedures require little to no downtime. Laser procedures are also non-invasive. There is also very little discomfort associated getting laser treatment.

Micropen

Micropen is another great option for Atlanta residents who are looking for great treatment options. Micropen, which is also known as micro-needling, is a procedure that involves using small needles to create micro-injuries on the skin. This helps the skin produce more elastin and collagen. Micropen can be used on the back, abdomen, legs, arms and hands.

Dr. Chapman will apply a topical gel to the skin and then select the right treatment depth length. After that, the pen will be pressed to the skin and moved in one direction. This process will be repeated until the entire treatment area has been covered.

There is little to no discomfort associated with getting the micropen procedure. It typically takes 15 to 30 minutes to perform a Micropen treatment. the treated skin may stay red for two to four days after treatment.

Restylane

Restylane is a type of dermal filler. It is used to add volume and fullness to the skin. Restylane can also help raise the facial skin indentation that a scar often creates. Bruising and redness may last for a day or two after this procedure. There is no downtime needed.

If you are interested in scar treatmenst then you contact Atlanta Skin Care Specialists at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic.

The Benefits of Fotofacials

A fotofacial is a procedure that combines elements of radiofrequency energy and intense pulse light. It can be used to treat areas on the face, chest, hands, neck and arms. It helps reduce the appearance of irregular pigmentation, enlarged facial veins, fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, redness and flushing. This treatment also helps stimulate collagen production.

The radiofrequency energy and intense pulse light work together to enhance the skin. The intense pulse light helps reduce the appearance of blemishes, blood vessels, redness and brown spots. The radiofrequency energy helps stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, which promotes a more youthful appearance. New collagen production also helps reduce the size of the pores.

There are a number of reasons that people choose to come to LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic to get a fotofacial. One of those reasons is that this treatment is very gentle, and there is no downtime required. People will be able to return to their normal activities after they get this treatment. They will also be able to apply makeup. This treatment is also more cost-effective than many other cosmetic procedures.

Furthermore, this treatment is relatively painless for most people. A topical anesthetic is applied prior to treatment in order to minimize discomfort. People will get amazing results after just one treatment. However, people typically get five or six treatments. One treatment takes about 30 minutes to complete, and the treatments are typically performed once every three weeks.

The results of a fotofacial typically last six months to a year. Regular treatments will be needed in order to maintain the results of this procedure. Even though regular treatments are needed to maintain the results of this procedure, some people are able to maintain the results for longer than year. In fact, long-term follow-up studies have shown that 80 percent of patients with facial flushing and redness were able to maintain their results 18 months after their treatment. It is important to note that individual results can vary from patient to patient.

If you are looking for a clinic that offers this treatment, then you should contact LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic. The staff members at LaserMed can give you more information about fotofacials and also some of the other services that LaserMed provides.

Winter is the Perfect Time to Get Rid of Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is a treatment that eliminates varicose and spider veins. It involves injecting a solution directly into the vein, which causes the vein to scar and collapse. The blood reroutes through healthier veins, and the collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades. Sclerotherapy is a good choice for small varicose veins. This therapy is performed in our office on an outpatient basis with the largest and deeper veins being treated first, followed by the smaller veins. Each Sclerotherapy treatment lasts about 20-30 minutes, depending on the severity of the condition. After treatment, veins tend to fade within a few weeks. Some patients may see full results after one month.

For larger blue veins, foam sclerotherapy can provide longer lasting results. Foam sclerotherapy uses an emulsion of the drugs used in conventional sclerotherapy. This method requires less treatment sessions and provides faster results. Foam sclerotherapy is very useful on larger varicose veins for which conventional sclerotherapy may be ineffective. Similar to conventional sclerotherapy, during a foam sclerotherapy treatment, the diseased vein is injected with a solution that promotes vein closure. An emulsion of the same drug used in conventional sclerotherapy, which is created by mixing air with the conventional chemical, resulting in a foam solution. There is virtually no downtime associated with foam sclerotherapy and patients can typically return to their everyday activities immediately. Veins will disappear within a few weeks.

The winter months are a perfect time to begin treatments on your legs! You’ll be ready for the spring and summer and will be free of those pesky blue spider veins you long to get rid of. Interested in sclerotherapy treatments? Call or schedule a consultation with Dr. Chapman at LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic today!

Micropen for Glowing Skin

Smiling Woman on Couch | MIcropen AtlantaDesigned to treat fine lines, acne scars and improve the skin’s overall appearance, Micropen or micro-needling is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine available in the Atlanta area. In order to produce collagen and elastin, Dr. Chapman uses tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. The appearance of softer wrinkles and a thicker dermis form from the skin’s repair process. Topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin because of the superficial micro-channels that are created by the Micropen. The Micropen can be used to treat areas on the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back and even helps to treat uneven texture, color, and tone of the skin.

During the procedure, Dr. Chapman will apply a thin layer of topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate treatment depth based on your unique needs. Next, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered. The feeling associated with the Micropen treatment is said to be like sandpaper moving across the skin. The treatment time is usually around 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. There is no downtime for the treatment, however, patients’ skin can stay red for 2-4 days following the treatment but may completely heal in little as 24 hours.

Patients normally see an immediate “glow” to their skin. Over the course of several days and weeks, visible changes to the skin develop and continue to develop for up to six months. Depending on the treatment area, a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart is recommended for patients.

Interested in Micropen treatments? Call or schedule a consultation with Dr. Chapman at LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic today!

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy LogoInnovative and non-invasive, Ultherapy is non-surgical procedure that uses the body’s natural healing process and ultrasound in order to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin on the neck, brow, and under the chin. In one 30-60 minute session, these areas of your face can be revitalized. Although a facelift will provide the most effective results to fight aging, Ultherapy targets the deeper foundational layer of skin that is typically addressed during a facelift.

During the Ultherapy procedure, Dr. Chapman will be able to look at an image of your underlying facial skin tissue using a smooth ultrasound handpiece. From this image Dr. Chapman will then determine where to deliver small deposits of focused ultrasound energy to the deep tissue layer. Your skin will begin to produce new collagen giving you a natural toned and taut look in response to the ultrasound energy.

Patients may experience redness and some swelling after the treatment; however, there is no downtime involved with Ultherapy. Most patients can return to their normal activities directly after the procedure is completed. Ultherapy stimulates collagen production, so your face will appear younger and younger as time goes on. Over a 2-3 month period, results will continue to unfold and some patients see sustained improvement for up to six months. Natural aging will continue to occur, but results can last for years. The results of surgery cannot be duplicated by ultrasound, but Ultherapy has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not yet ready for surgery.

To learn more about Ultherapy, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Chapman, contact LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic today!