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Lawrence clinic to begin laser tattoo removal

September 16, 2013

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Shonn Tew, a registered nurse at Aestheticare Medspa, 3510 Clinton Place, is pictured with a laser used for tattoo removal. Tew says that through multiple treatments, the laser breaks up the ink particles in tattoos so that they are eventually absorbed by the skin.

Shonn Tew, a registered nurse at Aestheticare Medspa, 3510 Clinton Place, is pictured with a laser used for tattoo removal. Tew says that through multiple treatments, the laser breaks up the ink particles in tattoos so that they are eventually absorbed by the skin.

You contemplated it for a while and eventually decided to go for it. You took the plunge and got a tattoo.

If you've come to regret that serpent across your back, soon a Lawrence business will be able to make it vanish.

Aestheticare MedSpa, 3510 Clinton Place, has purchased a Medlite C-6 laser through Cynosure. The laser is specifically designed for tattoo removal and Aestheticare will begin treating patients next month.

“When we opened our doors in 2012 we initially got a lot of calls (about tattoo removal) so we started keeping track of how many calls,” said Dr. Kathy Gaumer, spa co-owner. “When we reached a certain level, we thought, ‘this is something we know there’s a need for.’”

Gaumer’s business partner Shea Pritchard, an aesthetician, said that the business had received calls from people wanting to get rid of their tattoos for jobs or because they weren’t in their right mind when they got them. A number of parents were calling in about having their children get tattoos removed as well.

“The laser is a huge investment for a small clinic, but we saw the need and went for it,” Pritchard said.

Gaumer said the laser works to remove tattoos by using different wavelengths to treat various colors. The beam shatters ink particles within the skin. Then the body can reabsorb the small particles and get rid of them through the bloodstream.

Shonn Tew, a registered nurse at the spa, said the individual appointments for the tattoo removal will be quick. When the patient comes in, the laser will be traced over his or her tattoo. Depending on the size of the tattoo it may take longer, but for the most part it lasts less than a minute.

The overall process of having the tattoo removed isn’t as easy. Patients have to receive five to 20 treatments to completely remove a tattoo. Depending on where the tattoo is or how it heals, patients have to wait four to six weeks between treatments to allow the skin to heal. That means no getting rid of a tattoo for next week's job interview.

Other factors such as the color, age and depth of the tattoo can affect the number of treatments necessary for removal. The only tattoos that cannot be treated are those with white ink because there is no color pigment for the laser to sense.

Cost varies based on the size of the tattoo but in general ranges from $100 to $500 per treatment. So far that hasn't dampened potential customers' enthusiasm.

“I think that’s how most people are, they just want it off,” Pritchard said.

Comments

Sue McDaniel 1 year, 3 months ago

It is nice to see them coming off, never cared for the trend! Or will more induldge since it CAN come off?

chootspa 1 year, 3 months ago

It doesn't really come off. It's just a much lighter scar outline of the tattoo from what I've seen, and the prices there indicate it would be between $500 and $10,000 to get it done. That's probably why so many people opt to have another tattoo put on top of the old one instead of getting laser removal.

bad_dog 1 year, 3 months ago

She could use a little more bling, don't ya think?

gatekeeper 1 year, 3 months ago

Any red ink will never be removed to a level where you don't see it. Laser removal doesn't work, just fades them a little.

I have many and am proud of my tattoos. Too many idiots rush out and just get something because they want to be cool. These are who this business is trying to bring in.

I spent dozens of hours and lots of pain for my art and would never want to get rid of it. What so many don't understand is that you don't just go to any ink slinger, you seek out good artists to do the work. I've put as much research and time into my design and the artists as they did in tattooing me. Getting ready to invest more cash and time into a couple more (winter project).

If you really hate a tattoo you have, then go to a good artist and have it covered with a better tattoo.

EarthaKitt 1 year, 3 months ago

I go to bars early so I can find a seat, and I come home early because I'm tired and irritated. Standing at concerts makes my back hurt. Hangovers last for two days. I have grown old and uncool. Don't want my tattoo anymore. I love beautiful tattoos on other people, just not me. I've already called these folks for an appointment.

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