Intense Pulsed Light-Emitting-Diode Tattoo Removal System
Medical lasers devices, costing $40,000 or more, are frequently used by dermatologists and estheticians to fade tattoos. In the past few years, Intense Pulsed Light systems, using a bulb and lens configuration, in the $2000 price range have become popular. But a new generation of light emitting diodes has started hitting the market, so powerful that they are used in vehicle headlights, electronic billboards, and street lights.
An engineer specializing in the design of electronics for the medi-spa industry sourced a selection of these LED’s and ran enough tests to be convinced that this technology could be applied to photon treatment, such as hair removal, skin therapy, and tattoo fading.
After nearly two years of research and development, the GAME CHANGER is now in production:
Powered by a laser driver, this new system produces pulses of intense, BROAD SPECTRUM light. Lasers, which have a single frequency of light, are typically effective only on BLACK ink. When the light source covers a broad spectrum of light frequencies, fading of most COLORED inks is also possible (yellow and flesh toned inks are the exception). Until the IPL Ultra 9000 was developed, the traditional source of this broad spectrum light was a high intensity bulb, with a large lens which had to be pressed against the skin during treatment. These bulbs are expensive, and typically must be replaced after about 50,000 flashes. These systems produce a lot of waste heat, so they are bulky and require a cooling fan.
The IPL Ultra 9000’s Ultra High Intensity LED light source is much more efficient than a bulb at converting electricity into light, which in turn is converted to heat as it strikes the ink during the treatment process. Because of this efficiency a very compact laser driver, with about the same footprint as a digital tablet, can deliver an astonishing amount of energy to the treatment area. The waste heat is managed by internal heat sink integration, so a bulky hand piece and cooling fan are not needed.
The result is an easy to handle treatment wand for precise work. The LED is about the same diameter as a pencil eraser, so it’s much easier to target specific ink areas without affecting nearby designs that you do not wish to fade. Try that with fading cream!
Note: The system will also operate on 220-230 v power grids; internationally shipped systems are equipped with an adapter for the local electrical supply.
And with a price point of $599.95, every tattoo artist can add this extra service to their business, to clear the canvas of ugly ink and make room for their own work as well as to simply remove tattoos that won’t be replaced.
Each system is hand built by skilled electronics technicians in the USA, using high quality globally sourced electronic components.
Tattoo Removal FAQ:
How does high intensity light fade a tattoo?
The burst of energy from the treatment device (Laser or Intense Pulsed Light) shatters tattoo pigment into particles that are cleared by the body’s lymphatic system. It is a gradual process, requiring a series of treatments over time, but it works.
Which is better for tattoo removal: Laser or Intense Pulsed Light
If the tattoo is black, both Laser and IPL treatments are effective. However, if the tattoo ink is colored, the extra frequency range of the light in an Intense Pulsed Light system will have an effect on more colors of ink.
How many treatments will it take to remove a tattoo?
On average, professional tattoos require 5-6 treatments, while amateur tattoos may require 3-4 treatments, spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin. Occasionally technicians have needed to treat a tattoo 10-20 times.
What should I charge for the procedure?
The fee depends on the size of each tattoo, and how many treatments it takes to lighten or remove it to the customer’s satisfaction. Each tattoo treatment generally costs $135 for the 1st square inch and $25 for each additional inch. If more than one tattoo is being treated at the same time, you may offer pricing alternatives. A consultation fee of $40-$60 should be assessed for this quote.
What will the treatment be like?
It is generally agreed that it is less painful to have a tattoo removed than getting it put on. A numbing cream should be applied an hour or two before the procedure as well as our cooling spray. After the procedure the treated area may blister, swell, crust, scab, or bleed slightly. The client will need to care for the area daily in order to prevent infection and get the best possible healing results. The tattoo will then gradually fade for 6-8 weeks, as the body’s lymphatic system cleanses away the ink which has been disrupted by the IPL, at which time another treatment session can take place. Additional fading may take place for as long as 2 months; treatments should be no more frequent than every two weeks.
What colors can be removed?
Black, Green, Blue, Red, Orange, and Purple respond very well. Turquoise has variable response, yellow is the least responsive. Laser systems are effective primarily on black ink; colored inks respond better to the broadband light of an Intense Pulsed Light system.
How can I get the effective equipment for less than $1000?