Tattoo Removal FAQs

eclipse_micropen_don't_regret_itAs I have been writing in several past blog posts about the Eclipse MicroPen TR, our new method of tattoo removal, I have fielded more questions on the method, the procedure, and the aftermath.  As you may know, the Eclipse MicroPen TR combines a specially developed method with a newly developed ink coagulant to remove tattoos within the skin.

Does it matter whether the tattoo is professional or non-professional?

tattoo-artistTattoo professionals tend to inject ink at the same depth below the skin: usually between 0.6 and 1.2 mm.  Non-professional or amateur tattoo depths can vary from very superficial to very deep. In most cases, the depth of the tattoo removal solution injection can be adjusted depending on the type.

Is there anyone who absolutely should not get this treatment?

Yes. Pregnant or nursing women, minors without the explicit consent of their parental guardian, and those who have a tattoo covering another tattoo should not get the Eclipse MicroPen TR treatment.

How do I take care of the treated area after the TR treatment?

tattoo-bandageRight after the treatment, the most important objective is to protect the wound. A bandage will be applied immediately to the treated area after the procedure, and should be changed once or twice a day depending on the area.

I recommend using an antibiotic ointment to the area after each bandage change until a scab forms. After scabbing, Vaseline ointment or a scar gel can be applied until the scab falls off.

When is the best time for the next treatment?

Generally, the tattoo will be ready for another treatment 6-8 weeks after the first treatment.  The last weeks before retreatment are important in repairing the skin and returning it to its original pre-tattoo state. Once your natural color has returned to the areas treated, it is time for the next treatment.

If you or someone you love has a tattoo that they want removed for whatever reason (e.g. embarrassment, job requirements, general regret), give us a call at (207) 873-2158 to set up a free consultation.  We can help return the tattooed skin to its original appearance without excuses.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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