Tattoos don’t have to be forever

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – More and more people are getting tattoos. Many — choosing one that has a personal story behind it. But things do change.

Julie Mullen is looking for a permanent solution to get rid of a tattoo on her chest.

“It’s our wedding anniversary, the day of our wedding,” she explains.

A change of heart — after the marriage ended.

Julie says, “I’ve been wanting to get it removed for two years now.”

She’s getting rid of it at Abbey Aesthetics in Bloomfield.

Dr. Barbara Padilla says, “It’s going to feel similar to like when you got the tattoo, only with a little bit of heat.”

She is using Enlighten – a laser tattoo removal system.

“We can treat all skin types because of the dual wavelength,” says Dr. Padilla, “So we can now treat African-Americans with no worry about pigmentation issues.”

Here’s how it works. The laser breaks down the ink — using two pulse speeds.

Dr. Padilla says, “Meaning we can treat the larger ink particles with nano second technology and the smaller ink particles with the pico technology.”

And — there’s that dual wavelength intensity.

“So if you have a very dense black tattoo for example you have to start with lower energy,” she says.

The less dense – the higher the energy.
The number of treatments is about half of what traditional lasers require.
Still — the more colorful the tattoo, the more challenging.

Dr. Padilla points to another patient’s baseline photo — then to one taken after two visits, “Only the heavy lining is still there and obviously the red is what we have to work on. We always tell patients if you have a lot of color, red and vibrant blues, you’re going to be on the long end of the treatment cycle.”

In less than 30 seconds – Julie’s tattoo was less noticeable.

“It just felt like a bee sting sort of,” says Julie, “I was impressed when I saw, looked down and saw that it was really light and I’m like – yes.”

Dr. Padilla prescribes three to four more sessions for all of it to disappear.

Julie says, “I do have other tattoos, those ones are more hidden and they still have meaning to me so I’ll keep those– laughs.”

Treatment is usually 8 to 12 weeks apart.
It is not covered by insurance.
The cost depends on the size and density of the tattoo – which could start at three hundred dollars a visit.

Dr. Padilla offers a 10% military discount.

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