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Science Based Laser Tattoo Removal: Proven through Clinical Research and Experience
Did you know that 23% of Americans have unwanted ink and want it to disappear as soon as possible?
Are you tired of your tattoo or wish to change part of a tattoo for a coverup. We apply our 27+ years of clinical research and experience to remove your tattoo ink (or fading prior to a cover up) to provide the fastest results and minimize side effects.
27 years experience in laser tattoo removal, state of the art lasers, the most advanced systems available
4 tattoo removal lasers ready to treat your ink!
Q switched Nd:Yag lasers (treat many tattoo colors including black and red-yellow-orange; Ruby lasers (for resistant green, blue, aqua colors). Fractional co2 lasers for scarring from the tattoo, reactions to ink, and removal of superficial pigment.
Are tattoos common? Are people happy with their tattoo?
- 23% of Americans have one tattoo.
- 32% of those aged 30-45 have one tattoo.
- 40% of those under age 30 have 1 or more tattoos.
- Many regret their choice and wish their tattoo would disappear.
Do you do anything to make treatment more comfortable?
Minimizing treatment discomfort is Important to us! We offer many options and are the only clinic offering an option of conscious sedation for laser tattoo removal.
- Sedation, local anesthetics, topical anesthetics, and cooling with the Zimmer cooler are available during treatments. The choice depends on your needs.
Our Tattoo Removal Lasers Are Selected for Safety and Efficiency
We have select our tattoo removal lasers based on their safety as well as their ability to remove tattoo colors. This begins with selection of the laser and its treatment characteristics. Older laser have handpieces that do not produce a uniform laser beam. The result is a “gaussian effect“. This means the laser beam hits the center of the area it is aiming for but undertreats the outer or peripheral area. More overlap is needed to hit the missed areas, leading to less effective pigment treatment and more potential for skin damage. The handpieces that we use provides a uniform beam so there are no missed spots and skin overheating is minimized.A
Many patient are curious about the actual tattoo removal consultation and process. Recently Dr.Burke was interviewed about tattoo removal and featured in the article: Tattoos and Regrets in the age of lasers. by Ali Shapiro.
laser tattoo removal explained:
Dr. Burke’s Laser Research paved the way to better clinical results.
Dr. Burke is the principal investigator in research projects with major laser companies including: Cynosure; Erchonia; Quanta; and Astanza. Landmark studies completed include use of the Quanta laser for tattoo removal using a 3 week treatments interval. This study was of importance since varying intervals between each laser treatment (including 4, 6, and 8 weeks between treatments) have been used and recommended even though there is no actual science indicating which is safest. Often those who ” regret their tattoo” want it erased or faded, preferring that it be done as fast as possible. This study demonstrated significant time savings using this interval. Tattoo removal was shortened by up to 63% with no adverse effects.
Dr.Burke completed thermal studies in men and women using the Smart Lipo Laser for liposculpture. These proved that lower temperatures provided optimal skin shrinkage with an improved safety profile compared to the higher temperatures initially recommended. These were published in the Journal of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and were also presented at their annual meetings.
Dr. Burke also completed a study using the Astanza Ruby 694 laser for resistant tattoo ink removal. His results were presented at the annual AACS meeting. There was dramatic tattoo clearance of resistant ink colors using this wavelength of light.
Dr.Burke also was principal investigator for a cold laser developed by Erchonia corporation for pain relief.
More recently, Dr.Burke designed, and will be starting a tattoo removal study using a special skin patch which permits laser light penetration in a more precise manner and which could lead to much more rapid ink clearance.
In addition to being one of Michigan’s top cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Burke is also a tattoo removal expert. With over 27 years of experience, Dr. Burke has produced great results for Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ontario, Ohio, and Indiana patients wanting to remove their unwanted ink. Now, with the Astanza Trinity laser, Dr. Burke can remove all tattoo colors faster than ever before.
About Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal is the only safe and effective method for removing unwanted ink without surgery. With the use of advanced Astanza Trinity laser technology, Dr. Burke selectively targets tattoo ink trapped in the skin – destroying just the ink and leaving your skin looking flawless.
With Trinity tattoo removal, three types of high-powered light energy are transmitted into the skin and absorbed by different colors of tattoo ink, causing it to break up into tiny particles. These particles are naturally flushed away by your body’s immune system over time, causing your tattoo to fade more and more after each treatment until you are left with clear, beautiful skin.
Our Astanza Trinity Technology
The best technology gives the best results! All treatments performed at the Michigan Center for Cosmetic Surgery are completed with our state-of-the-art Astanza Trinity laser.
The Trinity is the most powerful multi-wavelength tattoo removal system available and is able to remove the widest range of tattoo colors including stubborn inks like blue, green, and yellow. It is a groundbreaking Q-switched Nd:YAG and ruby laser combination system that produces superior peak power across more wavelengths. The Trinity is the most powerful laser on the market for removing colorful tattoos.
The Trinity is safe for all skin tones and delivers fast, beautiful results.
Am I a candidate for tattoo removal?
Most likely! Our Trinity laser can treat virtually all ink colors on all skin tones. Laser tattoo removal is the best option for those looking to remove unwanted ink, and there are very few contraindications to the treatment.
During your consultation, Dr. Burke will assess your medical history and determine if you are a candidate for laser treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments is specific to each patient and their tattoo. Many factors affect the process, including the size, location, colors, and age of your tattoo. Dr. Burke incorporated the Kirby-Desai scale to more accurately predict the number of treatments you will need. (accurracy approaches up to 80%). During your consultation, Dr. Burke will assess your tattoo and provide an educated estimate of how many treatments you might need.
Most patients need multiple treatments, and you should look at laser tattoo removal as a multi-step process. That said, the Trinity laser at our office is the most powerful tattoo removal system for treating colorful inks, so you can expect your tattoo to remove as fast as possible with our advanced technology.
How long does it take?
Treatments are very fast, and most tattoo removal appointments take 15 or 30 minutes at maximum. The actual treatment time is typically less than 3-5 minutes while some last just under 10 seconds.
Treatments are scheduled a minimum of six weeks apart to allow for quality ink elimination and skin healing between sessions.
Why should I choose Dr. Burke for laser tattoo removal?
Experience and technology make a difference. Dr. Burke is the leading name in Ann Arbor laser tattoo removal due to his research and extensive experience with the procedure. He has over 27 years of experience and stays at the cutting-edge with the best technology. The Astanza Trinity used by Dr. Burke is the most powerful system of its kind, able to completely and quickly remove tattoos that other systems can barely fade. Dr. Burke uses the Zimmer cooler (and optional anesthetics) to make the tattoo removal process as comfortable as possible for all patients.
Dr. Burke also offers conscious sedation and local anesthesia for those who are anxious about the procedure.