Shanna Moakler and Travis Barker haven’t been married since 2006, but perhaps his tattoo by his new fiancé, Kourtney Kardashian, sparked the decision for her tattoo removal.
Moakler decided to remove the tattoo on her wrist of her ex-husband’s name. In contrast, Barker chose to cover his tattoo of Shanna's name with another tattoo- a design of Kourtney Kardashian’s lips.
Tattoo removal or covering up a tattoo is a very personal choice, but what if you no longer want the tattoo on your body and are not willing to cover it up?
That’s what Shanna Moakler did. She had her tattoo removed with a laser procedure.
We uncover which laser treatment Shanna received and what makes a laser procedure the best way of removing a tattoo from your body.
Removing a tattoo versus covering up a tattoo with another depends if you still want a tattoo on your body. It would not make sense to cover a tattoo with another if, ultimately, you do not want a tattoo on that part of your body at all.
For some people, removing all remnants of a past relationship or a moment of regret will allow a person to move forward with a fresh start.
And for Shanna Moakler, moving forward meant removing her tattoo.
She chose to work with a Los Angeles-based cosmetic skincare expert that used a laser treatment for her tattoo removal. She shared her experience with a video from her Instagram account.
During her first laser session, she filmed herself saying, “That was intense but worth it!” Shanna didn’t want to add another tattoo. She wanted the name of her ex-husband removed from her body.
A laser tattoo removal procedure uses pulses of intense light (the laser) to break up the pigmentation of the color of the inner layer of the skin, called the dermis. The breakage of the pigmentation from the ink is naturally absorbed into the cells of the body.
The advancement of different laser beams has given patients a variety of treatments to choose from. There are two approaches to remove a tattoo:
And with the advancement of lasers, the speed of each target is as critical to avoid scarring or burning around the surrounding skin tissue.
Three different pulse speeds make up today’s tattoo removal laser treatments:
So, the critical elements for a laser treatment? Laser type and pulse speed.
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There are several different types of laser removal treatment options, here are three laser treatments to consider:
The PiQ04 laser treatment is the procedure that Shanna Moakler used to remove her tattoo. This advanced laser treatment has four different wavelengths made up of nanosecond and picosecond pulse lengths.
Nanosecond pulses break down larger and deeper ink particles, while the picosecond pulses break down the smaller and shallower particles. A major difference with this laser is the photoacoustic effect on the skin, meaning it uses sound waves to break up the pigmentation rather than heat.
The Enlighten Laser by Cutera uses a high-speed laser that travels at a picosecond. A picosecond is a trillionth of a second, which is an incredible amount of speed that can break up the pigmentation from the ink without damaging the surrounding tissue. The Enlighten laser is designed with two lasers, making it easier to treat certain colors from a tattoo and pigmentation lesions on the skin.
The PicoWay laser is designed with two different wavelengths of energy, one at high peak power and the other at ultra-short pulse durations. Its dual-wavelength technology has a photoacoustic effect, which avoids heating the skin.
The combination of the ultra-fast picosecond laser combined with the short pulses breaks the pigmentation of the ink without damaging the outer layer of the skin.
The number of tattoo laser sessions depends on four key elements:
Again, depending on the four key elements, determining how many sessions it will take to remove a is directly related to the removal cost. Each session could range from $200-$500 a session, depending on the laser tattoo removal treatment you choose.