In case the girls go against their father’s will, here’s everything they need to know about tattoo removal.
Listen up, Malia and Sasha. It’s not easy being a young girl in the world today, and it can’t be any easier when your father is the President of the United States. Barack Obama was asked about his daughters getting tattoos, and his strategy with Michelle might just be enough to keep them away from the tattoo parlor.
“What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then Mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place — and we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo,’” Obama said on the Today Show (watch video above).
As all women know, sometimes girls just wanna have fun, so in case Malia and Natasha make an ink-mistake, here’s what they need to know about tattoo removal (84 percent Worth It rating). RealSelf reached out to laser expert Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh to get the full scoop on where lasers are at today.
RealSelf: What lasers are being used today?
Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh: With the tattoo removal market the tried and true method has been the Q-Switch lasers, and these are certain types of lasers with different frequencies and they are basically geared towards blasting the pigment out of the skin and the lasers actually use sound energy with light energy to break up the pigment and then the immune system absorbs it. The Q-Switch lasers have been fine tuned to deal with the tattoo removal demand that is out there. There are many companies that have developed this Q-Switch laser, but it is the pace at which the laser fires, how quickly it snaps on the skin, that ultimately determines how well the tattoo gets removed from the patient.
RS: What’s the deal with only certain colors being able to be removed?
Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh: There are different types of inks, not every color and ink is the same, so not every laser response is the same just based on the different types of tattoos that people get and so forth. But the Q-Switch lasers have really become the foundation of the tattoo removal industry. The problem is that you need lots of treatments, and some of the colors are not amenable to being removed, so there is a sort of fading out of the tattoo but you can still see traces of it.
RS: Is the new laser, Picosure, going to have better results?
Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh: The biggest advancement came this year with CynoSure’s PicoSure, the picosecond lasers fire at a much faster rate, faster than any laser that has been developed. The picosecond lasers have historically been unstable that’s why its not a new technology, but it’s a technology that hasn’t been that easily commercialized, and CynoSure this year has done that. Some of the most impressive tattoo removal results that I have ever seen have come from the PicoSure laser that CynoSure has developed, there’s nothing quite like it.
I never thought, honestly I’ll be very frank, I never thought that I would see a tattoo completely non visible in the skin. When you see tattoo removal you get most of it and people say that looks great, but you can still see some of the outlines of the tattoo and you can see pigment changes in the skin where the tattoo was a little bit lighter or a little bit this or that. But I’ve never seen results like what the Picosure where literally you can’t tell in some of the photos that the person ever had a tattoo.
RS: Is the recovery with the PicoSure laser any different?
Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh: These are med spa type treatments, the worst thing that may happen is a person may have a little bit of redness some people will numb skin but for the most part these are office based med spa type of procedures, where there is very little downtime. But you do have to do multiple treatments, it isn’t a one and done type of thing.
RS: What about alternative methods to lasers?
Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh:You can always use other methods like cutting it out, but the problem is that when you cut skin you get scar tissue and you’re trading one problem for another. For many of these individuals they don’t want a scar where they had a tattoo. Dermabrasion helps, and there are other types of these technologies that help, but I think that most people who want their tattoos removed want the integrity of their skin left alone. I think that the only way to do that today is with the laser technologies, and I think the best of them are getting to the point where people will be less frustrated than they were in the past.
– Reporting by Nicole Fukuoka
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