Dr. Serra talks about tattoo removal and the cost of erasing the past.
“The Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) advocates that any tattoo removal procedure be performed under medical supervision or by aestheticians who have received prior training.” We couldn’t agree more.
Les Affaires is a French only publication, however, here are the key takeaways:
One in 10 Canadians end up regretting the cat, dragonfly or Maori design they once had tattooed on their skin. Regrets that end up costing a lot of money since removing a tattoo can be worth up to 10 times its initial price.
The complexity of tattoos depends on two main factors that will greatly affect the price of the operation:
1. The location of the tattoo :
“A tattoo on the shoulder is easier to erase than a pattern on the finger,” says Andrée Mathieu Serra, a dermatologist who has been treating patients for a dozen years for tattoo removal.
Shoulders, torso, shoulder blades… The closer the tattoo is to the thoracic region, the less treatment it requires to be erased.
2. The colors:
For black inks, “it’s carbon, it’s the easiest colour to break up,” Dr Barolet explains. Red inks are also relatively easy to fragment. “Yellow, green and purple inks, on the other hand, are very complex to process, and that’s where specific lasers will be needed to treat the myriad of colours in tattoos,” he says.
Thanks to the new PicoSure lasers, which are 1,000 times faster than first-generation lasers, it is now possible to cut the number of treatment sessions required in half. But the price is not the same.
At Dr. Serra‘s clinic, the Nanolaser charges $125 per session for a business card-sized tattoo compared to $250 for a PicoSure laser treatment.
“This type of laser can be used to treat cosmetic tattoos because there is less risk of the pigment oxidizing rather than thinning,” explains Dr. Serra.
While laser tattoo removal is an effective technique, it is not without risk. However, since the practice is not regulated in Quebec, anyone can provide this care, sometimes using barbaric techniques. “Not two weeks go by without me seeing patients burned with glycolic acid or with hideous scars,” says Dr. Serra.
This is why the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) advocates that any tattoo removal procedure be performed under medical supervision or by aestheticians who have received prior training. “If they promise you the seas and the world by boasting safe miracle techniques, then beware,” concludes Dr. Charles Bernard, President and CEO of the CMQ.
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