Tattoo Removal Easier and More Successful With Newest Lasers

Tattoo Removal

Easier and More Successful With Newest Lasers

Portsmouth, NH – Tattoo artistry has become mainstream in America. Approximately 14 percent of Americans, or about 45 million people, have at least one tattoo. However, many of those have come to regret getting a tattoo and have sought to remove their body art. In fact, almost 100,000 tattoo removal procedures were performed in 2011 — a 20% increase from the 80,000 tattoo removal procedures that took place in 2010.

About one in eight people who have a tattoo said they regretted getting it, according to a Harris Survey. Dr. Mark Ballentyne, Director of Aesthetic Medicine at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center, comments, “The number one reason people tell me that they want a tattoo removed is that they change their mind as they have gotten older. A second and increasingly important reason is that, lately, visible tattoos are frowned upon by employers as conflicting with business dress codes.”

Until recent years, the only option in tattoo removal was to have the regretted tattoo surgically removed. Now, tattoos are easily eliminated with little or no scarring and can be treated with outstanding results. Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center uses the Tri-Lase Q-Switched and Erbium YAG laser for the permanent removal of tattoos and treatment of pigmented lesions. The Tri-Lase system removes a wide variety of tattoos, ranging from professional to homemade or amateur as well as traumatic tattoos (when a substance is rubbed into a wound) and surgical tattoos.

When treating benign pigmented lesions and tattoo ink, the safety record of the Tri-Lase laser makes it possible to attain reliable and predictable clinical results with minimal risk of unfavorable reactions and textural changes to the skin. The Tri-Lase system selectively destroys the tattoo ink while preserving the surrounding healthy cellular structures. The skin’s immune system will then start cleansing the fragments from the body resulting in excellent clinical results that are easily obtained and replicable.

Professionally administered tattoos usually require 3 to 9 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, which allows the body’s immune system to naturally remove the pigment fragments, but if a tattoo is older or if the ink was applied at greater depth, then successful treatment may take longer. Dr Ballentyne’s patients apply numbing cream to relieve discomfort. The cost per treatment starts at $200 for a business card size tattoo and increases based on the dimensions of the tattoo. Visit our website at to read more about laser tattoo removal or for more information, call Atlantic Plastic surgery Center at 1-800-633-6860.

About Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center:

Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center is the practice of New Hampshire plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Gray, since 1985. Dr. Gray is nationally and internationally recognized as the inventor of the scarless breast reduction, a revolutionary procedure that eliminates scars associated with the older, traditional method of breast reduction. He has a large following of satisfied patients from across New Hampshire, the United States and a number of foreign countries, who have sought him out for breast augmentation and scarless breast reduction. Dr. Gray has taught at educational conferences for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and is the only member of the International Society of Plastic Surgeons from New Hampshire. Dr. Mark Ballentyne is a highly skilled physician who has been Director of Medical Aesthetics at the Skin Wellness Center since 2003. Dr. Ballentyne is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians, is licensed to practice in New Hampshire and will be fully certified by the Board of Aesthetic Medicine in September 2011. He has established a strong reputation for his talent in administering dermal fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport injections, and Fraxel laser treatments. He is a national trainer for Allergan™. Dr. Brannon Claytoris board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as in hand surgery. Dr. Claytor is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, offering patients a high level of skill, outstanding training and commitment to excellence in cosmetic, reconstructive and hand surgery. He completed an additional year of training in breast microsurgery, oncologic reconstruction and hand microsurgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and was on the teaching faculty of the Lahey Clinic Medical Center.

The New Fraxel Laser Treatment

By Dr. Mark Ballentyne
Remarkable results, Quick recovery

The Fraxel Laser is the new cutting edge treatment that helps remove years from your appearance, giving you tighter skin and impressive wrinkle correction. This FDA approved treatment also corrects sun damage, fine lines around the eyes, age spots, sun spots, melasma, and can improve scars and stretch marks. I have administered the Fraxel laser for six months now and have found that it delivers remarkable results. Patients return to work or other activities quickly with markedly improved skin and report feeling very proud of how their skin looks.

Overtime, I have been surprised by how little downtime is needed by patients after they have undergone the treatment. With the less aggressive treatment, re:fine or re:store, patients experience redness and tenderness for an hour or two, but then it subsides and patients go about their regular schedule and appear in public places without hesitation. With the more aggressive treatment, re:pair, patients are red and warm for 2-3 hours, after which it diminishes and is quite tolerable. The skin then becomes quite dry, turns darker and at the end of a week, flakes and sheds rapidly, revealing fresh, much younger looking, tighter skin. Patients report that the benefits of Fraxel are truly worth it.

We are able to offer a smart, new opportunity for patients, which is to have their Fraxel treatment while they are under sedation for another procedure. Many patients have opted to do this. This eliminates any discomfort from the treatment and patients take the opportunity to have it at a higher level to accomplish even more. One patient wrote, “I had a high level of fraxel on my neck as the same time as Dr. Gray did a blepharoplasty on my upper eye lids. Now, 6 days later, my eyes are healing up beautifully, and the fraxel result, after one treatment is phenomenal! Dr. Ballentyne said I might need 3 treatments, but I see huge improvement after just one! I’m thrilled! And I didn’t feel a thing!”

There is a range of Fraxel treatments which vary in strength of the treatment, downtime, number of treatments needed and results achieved. The most aggressive treatment, Fraxel re:pair, can produce dramatic improvement for severely damaged skin. Re:pair requires 2 to 3 treatments and more downtime and after-treatment care. Less aggressive treatments, like Fraxel re:store or Fraxel re:fine, can produce significant results for mild to moderately damaged skin over the course of 3 to 6 treatments. Normally, there is no after-treatment care with these less aggressive treatments and downtime is minimal. The Fraxel re:pair laser system is distinguished by its ability to ablate tissue deep within the dermis, which is a step beyond the less aggressive treatments.

Fraxel achieves its wonderful results by resurfacing the skin from between 11-15% at each session. The fraxel places microscopic-deep columns of laser light, microthermal zones, in the midst of areas of healthy skin tissue, rather than a thin, general ablation of the entire surface such as the traditional CO2 lasers do. The fractional treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if it were treated all at the same time. It uses the body’s own healing process to create new healthy tissue to replace skin imperfections, remodel collagen and tighten skin texture. Four to five, sometimes six treatments are needed to achieve best results. This is an outpatient procedure, only requiring the application of a topical anesthetic cream. The fraxel laser is increasingly considered to be more effective and inarguably more clinically proven than the earlier CO2 lasers.

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