Two Pink Lines?! You are pregnant! So what does that mean for your tattoo removal process? We spend a lot of time with our patients during the tattoo removal process, so we are always excited when we hear this
kind of news! However eager you are to remove that tattoo, Delete Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon will postpone your tattoo removal treatments during pregnancy. The good news is you can continue the process after you deliver and after you have finished breast feeding.
The reasoning is that there has not been extensive, or
significant, research studies with the risks associated with laser tattoo
removal and pregnancy. Thus it is better to be safe, and err on the side of
caution. When you receive a tattoo removal treatment the laser is breaking up
the ink and the ink particles are removed through your body’s immune system.
Tattoo ink is known to contain heavy metals that can be harmful to the fetus.
This is also why we recommend that you finish breast feeding before returning
for tattoo removal.
What if you became pregnant while receiving tattoo removal?
Do not worry, chances are the majority of the ink that is going to clear from
your last session already has. At Delete we space treatments every 6-8 weeks
apart, so that your skin has time to heal, and also so your immune system has
time to recover. Thus, most of your ink will have already cleared during that
6-8 week time period.
More than anything we want to be safe for you and your baby.
This is why we postpone treatments during pregnancy and breast feeding.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration does very little to regulate tattoo
ink. This will be another story for a different day! But, is also the reason we
do not want to take any chances! So until baby is born and finished breast
feeding, we will look forward to the next time we see you, plus 1!!
Do you have a tattoo that impacts your life and that you want removed? Does it represent a time in your life that you no longer associate with? Or a person that you don’t want to be reminded of on a daily basis? Or is it located somewhere on your body making it difficult to get a job, or affecting the way you’re treated?
If so, listen closely, because we have an opportunity for you to get that tattoo removed for free! Oftentimes these are the reasons people come to us to get a tattoo removed. Decisions we make don’t have to be permanent, and we’re here to help. Tell your #TattooTale. We want to know your story; why you got it, when you got it, why you want it gone, how it would improve your life if it was removed, and any other history of your tattoo. Create a video, type it up, write it down… whatever is easiest for you. However you want to get the message across, we’re listening. Then share your Tattoo Tale with us on our FB page, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or just email it to us at email@example.com. If you want to enter into the contest be sure to use #TattooTale in whatever you post.
Then encourage everyone you know to show their support for your tale with likes, shares and comments. The contest will run September 24th thru October 31st. At the end of the month, a panel of judges will select two winners to get their tattoo removed for free.
Other rules and conditions apply. Please read the #TattooTale Contest disclaimer information here.
However you would like to share your #TattooTale, simply click one of the links below and it will take you to our page!
Delete Tattoo Twitter
Delete Tattoo Facebook
Delete Tattoo Instagram
Delete Tattoo Youtube
(Entrants must be 18+ / Prizes redeemable only at Boston and Phoenix locations.)
There is a lot of hype and even a new B12 Cardiovascular Benefits Study on CNN confirming what patients at Delete - Tattoo removal and Laser Salon have already discovered. Your body loves B12 shots! In addition to tattoo removal, B12 Boosts aka B12 shots and customized Nutrient Infusions are our most popular services but what are they and what do they do for your body?
Cobalamin (B12) is a water-soluble vitamin that is usually consumed through your food. Foods that contain B12 are meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy. So if you’re not consuming enough of these foods or if your body cannot absorb them, you are most likely deficient in this essential vitamin. Deficiency of this vitamin can lead to serious health concerns like dementia, memory loss, neuropathy, anorexia, fatigue, anemia, and insomnia.
B12 works to protect us from nerve damage, cardiovascular disease, and is necessary for our body’s healing pathways. Vitamin B12 is important for helping to form new, healthy cells in the body. It also boosts energy, helping to increase activity levels. Other benefits of B12 include stimulating your metabolism and balancing mood by naturally encouraging the production of dopamine and serotonin in the brain.
Many times due to stress and malabsorbtion, this vitamin is not completely absorbed through our gut. This vitamin is available in supplement or injectable form to increase availability in our bodies. At Delete, we have this vitamin in injectable form. We can also add other vitamins to your B12 shot for an added boost. These additional vitamins are folic acid, B-complex, and MIC.
Folic acid is a water-soluble B vitamin that helps with cases of anemia, prevents neurological defects in fetuses, and can help with cardiovascular health. Since it is also a B vitamin, it has many common healing properties as B12 like helping to improve depression and memory.
B-complex is a combination of different B vitamins together. B-complex injections typically contain vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B7. All of these vitamins aid in the production of energy, new cell turnover, and normal growth and development. B vitamins also keep the immune system functioning properly and the skin and digestive system healthy.
MIC contains compounds that enhance liver function and increase the flow of fats and bile from the liver and gallbladder. By definition, MIC shots contain lipotropic substances that decrease the deposit, or speeds up the removal of fat within the liver.
Methionine is one of the sulphur-containing amino acids and is important for many bodily functions. It acts as a lipotropic agent to prevent excess fat buildup in the liver and the body, is helpful in relieving or preventing fatigue and may be useful in some cases of allergy because it reduces histamine release. Patients with a Sulfa allergy should not take this injection.
Inositol, a nutrient belonging to the B vitamin complex, is closely associated with choline. It aids in the metabolism of fats and helps reduce blood cholesterol. Inositol participates in the action of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to control mood and appetite.
Choline supports the health of the liver in its processing and excretion of chemical waste products within the body. Moreover, it is required for the transport and metabolism of fats and cholesterol within the body, which is important for the healthy support of the endocrine, cardiovascular and hepatic systems. We can add any of these additional vitamins onto your B12 shot to give you an extra boost. So if you are having your tattoo removed or faded, this is a perfect addition to your treatment protocal. Come on into Delete and give it a "shot"!
by Dr. Jennifer Mundt, ND
We have recently launched a customized line of nutrient infusions at our salons that provide our customers’ proprietary nutrient bends to fortify and rejuvenate their health.
Nutrient infusions have been a subject of great inquiry and controversy in the past few months and even years. Some opinions weigh in that nutrient infusions are simply a placebo effect or that there is no proven evidence on helping someone who is not diagnostically sick. The idea of being “sick” is usually when your immune system can no longer battle the day-to-day onslaught of stress and germs. For some of us that can mean feeling fatigued, or that we are just not ourselves. For others that can mean we actually get a cold, begin having digestive issues or some other worse illness.
“Evaluation of the Biochemical Effects of Administration of Intravenous Nutrients Using Erythocyte ATP/ADP Ratios”, a 1999 study by Derrick Lonsdale, MD, et al., where they were trying to determine whether single nutrient infusions actually improved cellular energy at the mitochondrial level revealed insights into patients’ symptomatic improvement. A quote from this study says, “Some of the symptomatic improvement perceived by individual patients was quite striking, usually expressed as ‘more energy’, ‘less fatigue’ or ‘increased sense of well-being’.” Also that, “This form of treatment gives nutrient assistance to the powers of self-healing of the patient. It is irrespective of the descriptive classification of the disease and makes the basic assumption that every disease process is the result of overwhelmed defense activities of the host. The assumption extends to assuming automatic responses fail because of inefficient cellular energy.”
Nutrient Infusions should be done by a healthcare provider to ensure correct intravenous technique, cleanliness and safety with the osmolality. At Delete, all nutrient infusions (as well as other premier services for the skin) are administered by our registered nurses and doctors. Osmolality is the potency of the nutrient infusion and must be within a certain range so that it matches the osmolality of our blood cells. In the Lonsdale, et al. study, they reported that they “observed no long-term harm in any patient so treated, although symptoms may be temporary exacerbated before any benefit is experienced, particularly with a solitary infusion, so the patient is informed of the possibility before infusions begin.”
I always tell my patients that if this the first nutrient infusion they have ever had or if it has been a long time since there last nutrient infusion, they might get tired that afternoon or feel like they want to take a nap or go to bed early. In layman’s terms, it can put you into sleep mode. During sleep is when our body replenishes, regenerates and fixes the issues that are going on. Often times the patient feels much better upon waking up the next morning or within a couple of days. On the subsequent nutrient infusions the patient will usually feel much more energy and really feel like they are their “old-selves” (feeling younger, more energized and just have a better “sense of well-being”).
There are certainly things that a prospective patient inquiring about nutrient infusions needs to know. Certain complications are always a possibility; these complications listed in a 2000 study by Dr. Ian Bier, ND, PhD include “infection, phlebitis and thrombophlebitis, venous spasm, venous irritation, emboli, pain, hematoma or hemorrhage, extravasation, arterial canalization, and needlestick injury.” While these complications sound scary, the chance for complications largely decreases if the health professional providing the nutrient infusion is knowledgeable about giving them. The Bier study suggests that if the nutrient infusion is more potent (having a higher osmolality) then a slower push or drip-rate is suggested to avoid such complications.
So after all that, what are nutrient IVs good for anyways? And, why are there so many claims for this popular west coast trend of feeling so great after having one? In a 2002 study by Dr. Alan Gaby, MD, he lists several issues that nutrient IVs can be great for and it claims that “it has been the author’s [Dr. Alan Gaby, MD’s] observation that some patients who receive a series of IV injections become progressively healthier.” Diseases that nutrient infusions have been found to be effective against are “acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, cardiovascular disease, and other disorders”. In my own experience with patients, I have found that nutrient infusions have been wonderful at the very onset of seasonal allergies and upper respiratory infections to shorten the duration or decrease the intensity of the illness.
The other side to this piece is that what if our “defenses” did not have to get depleted and what if we felt like our normal selves all the time instead of feeling sluggish and fatigued all the time? Or, what if there was a way to strengthen our immune systems and replenish our stores of nutrients so we would be stronger and healthier, decreasing your chances of getting sick in the first place? Nutrient infusions can be just the boost someone needs nutritionally to allow the body to recoup slight nutrient depletion before they get to the point of feeling fatigued or before they get an upper respiratory infection. I often recommend nutrient infusions to those who know they will be travelling or going through a stressful time or during the holiday season when things always get crazy. Surely, there are not enough studies showing that doing nutrient infusions as prevention is a benefit, but I have seen it time and time again in my own patients as they are surviving our busy American lifestyles.
At Delete -- Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon we offer nutrient infusion blends to help get you rebalanced and re-energized so you don’t get too depleted. We recently launched 6 customized options of nutrient infusions that allow you to safely choose what you would like to focus on that day. They target everything from feeling sluggish, to recovering from a tough workout and even helping to cure a hangover. We do smaller nutrient infusion pushes (meaning a large syringe pushed by a healthcare provider) so that you only have to be in the office for 20 minutes versus the 1-3 hours it can sometimes take for the bags of infusions. Another benefit at Delete is that nutrient infusions can potentially be helpful as far as boosting the body after a tattoo removal session, potentially increasing the amount of ink cleared.
Nutrient infusions are certainly becoming a very popular way to feel better and feel like you can thrive in your life instead of feeling lethargic. The medical community must provide our due diligence to nutrient infusions and begin studying them more regularly and allow us to find out what this claim of “feeling so great” is all about. In the meantime, I will certainly be getting a couple of nutrient IVs before my 6 month-old and 4 year-old nieces arrive for the weekend, just what I need to keep up with them!
Bier I. Peripheral Intravenous Nutrition Therapy: Outpatient, Office-Based Administration. Alternative Medicine Review 2000; 5:347-354.
Gaby A. Intravensous Nutrient Therapy: the “Myers” Cocktail. Alternative Medicine Review 2002; 7:389-403.
Lonsdale D, Shamberger R, Stahl J, Evans R. Evaluation of the Biochemical Effects of Administration of Intravenous Nutrients Using Erythrocyte ATP/ADP Ratios. Alternative Medicine Review 1999; 4:37-44.
A much anticipated time of the year for a lot of sports fanatics is the start of NFL football. Everyone is concerned with stocking their fantasy football teams, checking the stats, and following their favorite players. What probably goes unnoticed to most are the tattoos of those players. But this year, The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) has strongly recommended that athletes with tattoos get copyright waivers from their artists. George Atallah, the NFLPA’s assistant executive director of external affairs made a statement on the matter, “All we are doing is proactively telling players, ‘Yes, we know you love your tattoo artists, but regardless of whether or not you trust them, regardless of whether or not there are legal merits to the lawsuits that we’ve seen, just protect yourself. ”
There have been a lot of high profile instances where tattoo artists have come to collect the benefits of their art. S. Victor Whitmill, the artist responsible for Mike Tyson’s face tattoo tried suing Warner Brothers for the use of his design in The Hangover II. The artist ended up settling with Warner Brothers.
In addition many professional athletes have found themselves in similar situations. Portland artist Matthew Reed sued NBA player Rasheed Wallace, along with Nike. Nike had run an advertisement that included Reed’s tattoo art and all parties were able to settle before the case went to trail. This war of tattoos has certainly caught the attention of the NFLPA when a suit was filed against NFL running back Ricky Williams over a tattoo that appeared on an EA sports game cover.
(Game Cover of Ricky Williams and the tattoo in question).
The biggest dispute with tattoo copyright law, according to a Business Week article, is how much of an artist’s rights to copy, display, and distribute a work go with a customer once he leaves the tattoo parlor. In any case, it is clear that tattoos affect one’s job regardless of celebrity and professional status. For those that did not get a waiver prior to receiving their tattoo, no fear Delete Tattoo Removal is here to help! If you, or someone you know, have a tattoo that has affected getting a job, tattoo removal may be the way to land that job.
If you have not made a trip to the movies lately, go see We’re The Millers! Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston are an awesome duo in this comedy pleaser. Beware that common symptoms from viewing this movie include near gut explosion as a result of laughing endlessly. This all adds up to a disastrous combination of a good time.
This movie also touches on a subject near and dear to our hearts at Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon, tattoo regret. Below is a clip to show just exactly what we are referring to. This happens all to often, a tattoo artist misspelling a word. A situation we are all too familiar with at Delete. Do you, or someone you know, have a misspelled tattoo? Or a tattoo you regret? Share your stories with us! We want to hear them! Most importantly, always remember, tattoo regret is not a terminal diagnosis, and can be removed!
Apparently, getting a tattoo to hide an ugly mole is not advisable. This according to an article published by JAMA Dermatology, an international peer-reviewed journal published by the American Medical Association. The reason, benign moles that may resemble melanoma are hard to diagnose or identify in tattoos. A tattoo covering a mole makes it hard to identify changes in that mole. Interestingly, tattoo ink can also imitate the spread of melanoma.
There are 16 reported cases of malignant melanoma developing in tattoos. One of the most talked about cases involved a young man who was receiving laser tattoo removal to remove an unwanted tattoo. Before beginning the tattoo removal process, doctors found a suspicious mole. The Doctors advised the young man to remove the mole before beginning treatment, in which he declined. Upon receiving treatments, the Doctor’s said they would not continue laser tattoo removal until the mole was removed. These doctors deserve a standing ovation, round of applause, because this man’s mole turned out to be cancerous—stage II melanoma. Which is why Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon consistently stresses the importance of researching your laser tattoo removal options, ensuring that experienced medical professionals perform your laser treatments. We've heard of numerous "tattoo removal specialist" performing dangerous tattoo removals with the wrong type of laser and experience. In this case, it could have cost a life if these medical professionals had not been performing the laser tattoo removal treatment.
Here are the important things to know about your tattoos, moles, and melanoma:
1) Do not get a tattoo where you have moles or birthmarks. If you are dead set on the parking spot of your tattoo, where a mole is present, ask your dermatologist to check that mole first.
2) In terms of tattoo removal, have the tattoo checked for any apparent moles prior to removal. Laser tattoo removal breaks up pigment in your tattoo, and can also break up pigment in moles. This can make it difficult to detect a suspicious mole. Again, this is why it is important to have a board certified medical professional administering your laser tattoo removal. Simply ask your tattoo removal expert to check for moles before removal.
This is not to say that if your tattoo contains a mole that you can not receive laser tattoo removal treatments. JAMA recommends having that mole removed, if it is suspicious, prior to laser tattoo removal. Most importantly, find a qualified medical expert who you trust to remove your tattoo; it could save your life!
We have been hearing a lot of discussion about R20 tattoo removal in recent weeks. Many have been asking what R20 tattoo removal is all about? Let us take a deeper look into the subject and separate the myth from the reality.
First, what is R20 tattoo removal?
R20 tattoo removal involves 4 treatment passes, each pass separated by
20-minute intervals. Conventional tattoo removal uses a single treatment pass.
R20 tattoo removal starting gaining a lot of attention when the Journal of Academic Dermatology published a study comparing a single Q-switched laser treatment with 4 treatment separated by 20 minutes. Their conclusion was that R20 tattoo removal was much more effective than the conventional method and that R20 tattoo removal was able to remove most tattoos.
So of course, from a tattoo removal standpoint this sounds really appealing. When you are devoted to removing your tattoos you want them off as quickly as possible. But don’t let your desperation of removing that tattoo taint the reality of getting the most effective treatment. This study is not proof that more treatment passes equal more effective removal.
The reality is that this R20 study has several limitations. It is important to educate yourself and do your research on any tattoo removal process. Let us give you some of the basics surrounding this study. The study was only done on 12 adults and 18 tattoos. Now it doesn’t take an expert to know that this is a really small sample size. In short, the reliability and the generalizability of its findings are influenced by this sample size.
Now this is not to say that the results from this study cannot be achieved, because they obviously had positive results. It just means that the results are not supported with the type of scientific proof usually desired in order to establish a cause and effect relationship between variables (in this case, use of R20 tattoo removal and the use of conventional single-treatment).
To get back on topic, in the study, the tattoos were divided into two groups, one group received a single treatment the other received R20 tattoo removal. In conclusion, when the two groups were compared, the group that received R20 tattoo removal showed better results.
We know what you’re thinking, why doesn’t every tattoo removal business use
R20 tattoo removal then? Regardless of the above reasons that were mentioned, effective tattoo removal requires more than simply passing over a tattoo with a laser. Safe and effective tattoo removal – whether conventional or aggressive –demands the right technology and the right person administering the treatment.
If either element of the process falls short, the results can be disastrous. Permanent scarring and discoloration of the skin are only some of the consequences that can result from using the wrong laser or having the wrong person remove your tattoo.
Now that we have clarified what R20 tattoo removal is all about, let us give you give you the down low on Delete - Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon’s Revolutionary
4-n-1 Treatment. Three things, whether it is a single treatment pass or multiple passes, determine the success of your tattoo removal: the laser, the treatment provider and you!
At Delete - Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon we use the state-of-the-art AlexELETE laser® by Candela. AlexELETE is an advanced laser manufactured and designed specifically for tattoo removal. Furthermore, trained medical professionals provide ALL treatments. At Delete, we treat laser tattoo removal as a science and it is the combination of both of these features that gives us an edge.
While modern medicine and scientific advancements have greatly improved the ease of surgical procedures, would you ask a car mechanic to remove your appendix? Of course not, because technology is only effective if used by the right person. Delete’s 4-n-1 treatment was developed based on the same scientific principles used by R20 tattoo removal. But it goes one step above and beyond by combining more than just 4 passes of a laser: it combines state-of-the-art laser technology with highly skilled and trained medical professionals to administer the most effective treatment possible.
What does Delete base the success of its 4-n-1 treatment on?
Delete’s success is not based on the results of the R20 study. Delete’s success is based on independent research and more than two years of successful 4-n-1 treatments. In short, the success of the Delete’s 4-n-1 treatment is based on results that can be seen and patient satisfaction. If you’re unsure of whether the
4-n-1 treatment obtains results, check out the testimonials on our website or talk to a patient who has completed his or her treatments.
Does the 4-n-1 process increase the risks of side effects?
All laser tattoo removal procedures come with risks. Whether it’s a single pass session or multiple passes, these risks include hyperpigmentation or scarring. While hyperpigmentation is most often temporary and short-lived, permanent hyperpigmentation is always possible. These risks are greatly increased when poorer quality lasers or inadequately trained individuals perform the procedures.
We've heard of numerous "tattoo removal specialist" performing horriflc R20 tattoo removals with the wrong type of laser and experience. Patients have come to us with severe burns, pain and scarring. Please research your options, trust your healthcare provider and ask to see before & after photos, and testimonials.
At Delete, we minimize the risks of hyperpigmentation and scarring (and all other side effects) by using state-of-the-art laser technology and having all laser treatments performed by experienced medical professionals. Our professionals not only provide in depth consultations prior to all treatments but also provide each patient with detailed aftercare instructions to help reduce the risk of short and long-term side effects. Here at Delete - Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon you are our priority, so the laser tattoo removal treatment is catered and individualized to you.
Delete is committed to offering safe, efficient tattoo removal no matter the treatment option selected.
Watch the news segment below from azcentral.com:
Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon has officially opened its doors to Bostonians. See what Boston Event guide had to say about us, below is their article about the Grand Opening.
BOSTON, Mass. –May 13, 2013 –Delete -- Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon™ announces today the grand opening celebration planned for May 17-18 in their newly opened salon. Phoenix entrepreneur and Delete founder, Marci Zimmerman, teamed up with Delete Boston owner, Ronen Morris, to bring this modern yet comfortable salon with cutting edge technology and medical advancements to Newbury Street. The salon will debut its products and services to Bostonians seeking professional, affordable, efficient and more comfortable removal of unwanted ink during the May 17-18 festivities.
Delete’s concept, conceived by Zimmerman, offers the latest laser technology to provide more effective removal of tattoos of every color – at an affordable price. Package pricing, financing and complimentary consultations help facilitate the experience for Delete’s clients. While its core service is tattoo removal, the salon also provides premier services for the skin including laser removal of birthmarks, sunspots, age spots and freckles; nutrient IVs; vitamin injections; and anti-aging treatments. In the near future, Delete will offer Botox, Juvederm and other dermal fillers.
“We are so excited to share our products and services with Bostonians and beyond during the grand opening weekend. We want customers to experience the superior service by our highly educated staff and leave knowing how easy it can be to make the changes necessary to live comfortably in their skin,” said Ronen Morris, owner of Delete -- Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon in Boston.
The laser-pumped-laser technology of AlexELETE™ by Candela, available only at Delete, increases the capability of tattoo removal treatments by using a variety of laser wavelengths to safely target pigments below the surface of the skin. This superior technology allows Delete to treat tattoos of all colors, significantly improving typical results with fractional and rejuvenation devices found at other clinics. Delete offers a revolutionary new 4-n-1® tattoo removal treatment designed to optimize treatments administered in a single day.
Grand Opening Weekend, May 17-18
Delete Boston’s Grand Opening weekend is set for May 17-18th. The weekend long extravaganza includes complimentary B-12 shots, a chance to win a $500 Delete Gift Card, light refreshments and “Eraser” cocktails, complimentary consultations and tours of the new space. For every sale of Nutrient Infusions, discounted at $100, Delete will provide 100% of the proceeds to support the One Fund Boston. This treatment is a special blend of nutrients crafted to fortify your body and help boost your immune system at critical times. Delete will extend hours to 10am – 8pm on May 17-18.
We told you it was coming, and we're excited to share an opportunity to get your "Uncool Tattoo" deleted — for free!
Do you or someone you know have an uncool tattoo and suffer from inkers remorse? Is it time to get rid of it? Whether you want it gone because you aren't dating that person who's name is on your bicep (awkward), it turns out that Chinese character doesn't mean strength (it means "soup"), or you just don't
like it any more . . . we got you covered!
Submit a photo of your uncool tattoo any time between May 13th - June 13th
on our FB page, tweet it at us @DeleteTattoo, or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Encourage everyone you know to show their support for your photo with likes, shares and comments. At the end of the month, a panel of judges will select someone to get their tattoo removed for free!
Other rules and conditions apply. Please read the Uncool Tattoo Photo Contest disclaimer information here.