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Faces of Dermacare: Meet Heather Jackson, LME

Heather Jackson is a Licensed Master Esthetician (LME) of 16 years. Her earliest memories of watching her mother’s care regimens and struggle with acne caused her to naturally gravitate to dermatology as she got older.

As an LME at Dermacare Hampton Roads, Heather’s focus is on making a lasting impact. She achieves this through honesty, experience, education, and customized treatment plans.

Getting to Know Heather

Heather loves animals. “I have to rescue pets,” she says.

She is a San Francisco native who enjoys traveling. Music alongside health and wellness are her passions, and she takes great pride in channeling her love of health and wellness into making a difference in her patients’ skin and lives.

Heather’s Favorite Treatments

Every esthetician has a toolbox of favorite products and services that they love to recommend wherever possible. For Heather, she gravitates to clinically proven skin products that improve acne and protect again aging. Her preferred products include:

  • Skinmedica TNS Essential Serum
  • Vitamin C
  • Retinol
  • SPF

Dermaplaning, chemical peels, and body contouring are Heather’s favorite treatments to perform. “They are result oriented and improve self-confidence,” she says. Seeing a patient achieve results and walk out of the clinic with more confidence is a huge reward.

Heather loves to use Dermacare’s Botox and fillers. “They conservatively enhance my already solid foundation of skin care and maintenance,” she says. They’re a great way to enhance natural beauty and fight the visible signs of aging skin.

If you’re ready to improve your skin and gain some confidence, be sure to stop in and chat with Heather!

Does laser tattoo removal work

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

A great tattoo artist is a gem of a find because a bad tattoo is forever, right? Not quite! While finding a talented and professional artist is a must, no tattoo – good or bad – is forever. Laser tattoo removal works. But finding the right removal professional is as important as locating a great tattoo artist. Why? Because it impacts results.

I Don’t Want My Tattoo Anymore

There are many reasons to want a tattoo removed. Laser tattoo removal is the safer and more effective way to erase ink, but how well it works depends on a few factors. The age and type (professional or amateur) of a tattoo impact results. Your skin type is also a factor.

Technology plays a big part in successful removal, as does the rate at which it is done. The laser used needs to operate on multiple wavelengths that will penetrate the tattoo’s pigments. Multi-color tats require a laser capable of using multiple wavelengths to address each color. Laser accessories, such as the DeScribe Patch, also affect how rapidly and safely a tattoo is removed. But there are still five other factors a licensed professional must consider before safely treating a tattoo.

Factor 1: Fitzpatrick Skin Type

It is generally easier to remove tattoos from lighter skin tones or those that are a type I to type II on the Fitzpatrick scale. The darker the pigment, the easier the light from the laser is absorbed. Black ink on light skin is the easier tat to remove. Darker skin tones, or skin with more melanin, need special consideration to ensure the heat from the laser is absorbed by the ink and not the skin’s natural dark pigment.

Factor 2: Tattoo Layering

Layered tats, also referred to as cover-ups, are created when one tattoo is used to cover another. Layering adds density and volume to the ink. As a result, removal takes more treatment and more time.

Factor 3: Tattoo Location

Lightening a tat involves breaking up the ink into small particles that the body can naturally absorb and flush away. Tattoos found in areas with good vascular supply and high blood count – the face, neck, and back – will respond better to treatment than those found elsewhere.

Factor 4: Tattoo Ink

Ink colors and the amount of ink used impact how rapidly and effectively a tattoo is removed. Professionally applied tats usually take more treatments to reverse. Whereas amateur or homemade tats take fewer and less aggressive treatments. Older tattoos are typically faded while newer ones are vivid; both impact treatment time and intensity.

Factor 5: Pre-Existing Scarring

If the area where the tattoo is located has pre-existing scarring, laser removal can be more difficult. Scar tissue produces collagen deposits, which can be more difficult to penetrate with the laser. A tat that resulted in scarring will be harder to treat but not impossible. There are laser removal systems designed to improve scar tissue while breaking down and fading away the tattoo.

Laser Tattoo Removal Works

Tattoos are designed to last a lifetime. While they will fade over time, it’s rare for them to disappear altogether without removal treatment. Laser-based treatment works, and can produce rapid, safe, and effective results.

Are you thinking about having a tattoo removed? Why not contact us directly for a free, personalized consultation?

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Laser Tattoo Removal by Dermacare Hampton Roads

Dermacare Hampton Roads is not your average laser and skin care clinic. We opened our doors in May of 2006 and began providing Hampton Roads, Virginia with the most comprehensive skin care and rejuvenation treatments available. We have successfully provided safe and effective laser tattoo removal for over a decade, establishing ourselves as the leading expert in Hampton Roads.

Making a Proud Difference

Our goal is to make a difference in people’s lives. Not only do we strive to achieve this on a daily basis with the patients who choose our clinic, but we also endeavor to make a lasting difference in the community through philanthropic efforts.

Positively impacting people is our passion, and it shines through in every service we offer and everything we do.

As experts in all things laser and skin care related, we make an extra effort to personalize every treatment. Skin is as unique as you, and we use our services as a baseline from which to create a personalized treatment designed to reach your goals.

When it comes to laser tattoo removal, our nurses and physician’s assistant have over 15 years of combined experience. We offer the most current and effective removal methods at cost-effective prices.

Cutting-Edge Laser Tattoo Removal

Gone are the days of depending solely on invasive and often damaging tattoo removal techniques. Current laser technology allows for a safer, more effective, and non-invasive approach.

Dermacare Hampton Roads uses the Quanta Discovery Pico+. It is the most advanced and comprehensive tattoo removal laser on the planet as of 2019! With it, we can achieve full color tattoo removal.  It is the only Q-Switched and Pico Second combination laser with 3 true lasers in key wavelengths: 1064nm, 694nm and 532nm.  That means NO dye packs which diminish the power of the lasers.  

A Focus on Cost Effective Service

It is the combination of the Quanta Disovery Pico+ laser and our experienced Medical Laser providers that sets us apart from other laser tattoo removal providers. In addition, we provide free consultations to inform and educate while customizing the best treatment methods and techniques to achieve your desired goals.

We also offer military/1st responder/teacher pricing and discounts alongside our always changing monthly specials.

Find out how we can make laser tattoo removal work for you. Contact us to book your personal consultation!

Is laser tattoo removal safe?

Is Laser Tattoo Removal Safe?

What horror story have you heard about laser tattoo removal? Is it really as bad as some say? Is there any safe way to remove your unwanted tattoos?

Let’s be honest; laser tattoo removal is uncomfortable. While most people don’t need anesthesia, a topical anesthetic is often applied before treatment. Where the tattoo is located plays a major role in any resulting discomfort, and the truth is a lot of tattoos are in sensitive areas. If the person performing a removal isn’t well trained and experienced, discomfort can be magnified, and unwanted complications can arise.

The Truth of Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is safer than many other removal methods. There are minimal side effects to it; however, there are some factors to consider. For example, there is a small chance of treatment leaving a permanent scar. The treated skin can also become paler (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) than the surrounding skin.

How a tattoo is removed varies. The color of your skin, the depth of the tattoo pigment, it’s age, and other factors can affect the removal technique. Small tattoos are usually faster to fade because they require fewer pulses with the laser while larger ones will need more to remove.

Effective laser tattoo removal requires two key things:

  1. A series of treatments to completely fade the pigments.
  2. A laser with the multiple wavelengths capable of treating colored tattoos.

If all factors are properly addressed, the tattoo should become progressively lighter after each visit until it is no longer visible.

Tattoo Removal Safety = Choosing a Competent Practice

The need for a competent practice staffed by laser tattoo removal experts cannot be undersold. It is critical for the laser to be used by a trained and licensed professional. Misuse can result in burns and permanent damage to the skin.

During a properly executed treatment, you can expect:

  • The use of protective eye shields to safeguard your eyes.
  • A skin test to determine how your skin reacts to the laser so the most effective settings for treatment can be used.
  • Topical anesthesia should be discussed in case you need it.
  • During the procedure, the technician will pass the laser over the tattoo without staying in one area for too long.
  • After treatment, an ice pack may be used to help soothe the treated area.
  • Finally, an antibiotic cream or ointment in combination with a bandage may be used to protect the treated area.

The practice should discuss how to care for the treated area in between sessions. You will be advised to cover the area with sunblock when outside to avoid damage while the skin heals.

Laser Tattoo Removal Safety

Laser treatment is widely regarded as the safer tattoo removal method versus excision, dermabrasion, and salabrasion. It has minimal side effects and downtime after treatments.

Perhaps the most important decision you will make is the provider you select. Ensure they are reputable and knowledgeable, licensed medical professionals that are experts in their field. With the right practice, laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective procedure capable of erasing any ink you no longer want.

How Do Different Color Tattoos React to Laser Removal?

How Do Different Color Tattoos React to Laser Removal?

It’s one of the most commonly asked questions by patients: will the color of my tattoo affect laser tattoo removal?

The truth is color does impact the removal of a tattoo using laser technology. You see, a laser is a light-based technology that works by using light wavelengths. In order to effectively remove a tattoo, a variation of wavelengths needs to be used to target the different colors or pigments that make up the tattoo.

How Light and Color Affect Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal works by using a laser to break up ink particles. Some tattoo ink colors absorb some wavelengths better than others. Absorption can be impacted by factors like how old the tattoo is and how it was applied. Pigment or ink color also affects how light wavelengths are absorbed.

The laser is pulsed over the tattoo to direct light energy over the ink. This energy is then absorbed and works to shatter the pigment into tiny particles that the body’s filtration system can flush away.

Effective removal requires multiple sessions. The tattoo will then fade after each treatment until it is no long visible.

A laser needs to operate at multiple wavelengths to be able to treat a tattoo of multiple colors.

Which Colors Are Harder to Remove?

Black tattoo pigment absorbs all wavelengths, which makes it the easiest color to erase. Newer laser tattoo removal methods can remove or lighten nearly all colors with few side effects. Even the boldest of colors can be effectively lightened with multiple treatments.

However, not all lasers are created equal. When a clinic purchases a laser for tattoo removal, it’s up to the clinic to choose one with the proper technology to effectively treat multiple pigments. In fact, wavelength is one of the most important factors any tattoo removal practice will consider when buying their machine.

At Dermacare Hampton Roads, we take our tech one step further. We use the Medlite C-6 laser. It fills the critical need for multiple wavelengths and provides consistent results with few complications.

We also use the DeScribe Patch, which is a revolutionary tattoo removal aid. It allows us to perform multiple treatments in a single session, cutting overall treatment time and reducing your cost.

Other Factors That Affect Tattoo Removal

The number of treatments you will need to lighten and fade your tattoo depends on a few factors. The age of the tattoo and the size and color of the tattoo make a difference in how treatment is approached and the number of sessions that will be needed. Every treatment process is unique, which is why a personal consultation is so crucial.

You can learn more about the technology we use and the results we achieve by visiting our Laser Tattoo Removal page and following our blog as we discuss this topic in more detail.

How does tattoo removal work?

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

According to a 2017 study by Statista, four out of 10 adults have at least one tattoo. Interestingly, another survey found that 70% of business owners dislike tattoos on employees, and 11% of people with tattoos opt to have them removed.

Since tattoo removal clinics have grown by a staggering 400% over the past 10 years and their success rates continue to increase, just how does laser tattoo removal work?

Before we answer this question, there’s a more important one to consider.

What Makes Tattoos Permanent?

Today’s tattoos are applied using a needle that punctures into the epidermis and deposits pigments deep inside the dermis. With every puncture, a wound is created as the ink is deposited. The body’s inflammatory process is triggered.

Essentially, the body’s immune system steps up to remove the foreign pigments. While it succeeds in driving out some, ink will remain. This is why tattoos last for life but fade with time.

How Lasers Remove Tattoos

The body’s immune response works to slowly fade a tattoo over time as it chips away at the foreign pigments. To remove a tattoo completely, it needs help. This is where laser technology assists.

Lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigments with a high-intensity light beam.

As it is directed into the skin, it is selectively absorbed by the ink particles trapped in the dermis of the skin. When these particles absorb the laser’s light energy, they instantly shatter into tiny fragments.

Once the laser has broken the ink into smaller pieces, the body’s immune system begins to remove the ink over the weeks that follow, flushing it away from the tattooed area. The results manifest as the tattoo lightens in appearance.

Each additional laser treatment breaks down more and more of the ink until the tattoo is no longer visible. The laser and immune system work together to fade it.

How Long Does Laser Tattoo Removal Take?

The number of treatments necessary to remove a tattoo varies.

The amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin all impact how many treatments a tattoo will need.

Ink color also plays a factor with black being the easiest to treat.

Dermacare’s Medlite C6 laser removes ink by producing an assortment of wavelengths targeting different ink colors. The light passes into the skin and is absorbed by the pigment, causing it to shatter into small particles, which are then flushed through the lymphatic system, the body’s natural filtering system.

Professional tattoos can take six to 12 treatments and amateur four to five, but Dermacare has something that can speed up the tattoo removal process.

Meet The DeScribe Patch

We can treat your tattoo faster, with fewer treatments, and at a lower cost thanks to the DeScribe Patch. It allows us to reduce the removal process to as little as six months by treating a tattoo multiple times during each session.

Using the DeScribe Patch, professional tattoos can take as few as four treatments and amateur as little as two.

Trust the Right Care Provider

If you have a tattoo, then you know the importance of finding a professional and experienced tattoo artist. When a tattoo is amateurly applied, complications can happen. Sometimes, those complications can cause serious health issues.

Who you choose to remove a tattoo is equally important for the same reasons. Amateur, inexperienced, or unsanitary tattoo removal can cause serious cosmetic and health complications. Unfortunately, with the growth of laser tattoo removal clinics has come a rise in shady and dangerous clinics focused on immediate profit versus positive patient outcome.

Dermacare Hampton Roads specializes in the safe and effective laser removal of professional, amateur (homemade), traumatic, and surgical tattoos. Our nurses have over 15 years of combined experience in laser tattoo removal, and our staff members are all highly trained medical professionals.

Our focus is on achieving the best outcomes for our patients at a reasonable cost, which is precisely why we use technology like the DeScribe Patch. We support the military, law enforcement, and first responders with a 10% discount on laser tattoo removal packages and interest-free financing for six to 12 months through Care Credit and Greensky.

Get a Consultation First

Every tattoo removal is unique, which is why you see so many before and after images stating that results may vary. Regardless of whether you want to get rid of a tattoo or invest in tattoo lightening for a cover-up, booking a consultation with us is essential.

At your consultation, we will discuss your desired outcome and explore factors that may impact it. Together, we will choose the best removal option for you and consider the range of results possible.

Laser tattoo removal is the safest and most effective way to treat an otherwise permanent mark with limited side effects and no downtime.

Let’s talk about your tattoo today!

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5 Ways MedSpa Treatments Improve Skin Health

MedSpas offer a variety of treatments and products designed and clinically proven to improve many skin conditions. At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, we are a MedSpa equipped to treat acne, rosacea, dry or dehydrated skin, sun damage, pigmentation issues, and fine lines and wrinkles. Our treatments can cosmetically improve your skin and make you look younger, but they’re far more than just cosmetic. MedSpa treatments can improve skin health.

MedSpa vs. Day Spa

MedSpas are set apart from day spa treatments by technology. Dermacare is unique thanks to the variety of lasers and light-based treatments that we offer and how they can improve the overall skin health. We carry advanced technologies, such as lasers, fillers, Botox, and medical-grade skincare products.

One of the many lasers we offer is the Sciton Forever Young BBL. It’s a revolutionary laser system that targets skin imperfections at a cellular level. It can improve skin health and provides major short-term and long-term benefits.

#1: Treatment of Common Skin Concerns

Who doesn’t like accomplishing two things at once, especially when it’s effortless? That’s what MedSpa treatments like Forever Young BBL can do for you.

Not only can Forever Young repair damaged skin, but it can also offer age-defying benefits. The broadband light treatment safely and precisely treats numerous skin conditions, and it doesn’t matter where the skin is affected. Forever Young can be used anywhere on the body to treat common skin conditioning including:

  • Rosacea
  • Sun damage
  • Sun spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Facial veins

#2: Anti-Aging Benefits

The Forever Young treatment specifically targets skin cells and alters the expression of the genes associated with the aging process to closely mimic the look and feel of younger skin. But that’s not the only treatment we offer with anti-aging benefits. Almost all of our services contribute to skin rejuvenation in different ways.

Your skin’s health – everything from its immune system to the amount of damage it has endured over the years – shows. MedSpa treatments are not merely cosmetic because the most ideal results and anti-aging benefits are achieved by improving and maintaining skin health.

#3: Anywhere, Anytime

Forever Young BBL is effective on all body areas, and it’s not the only treatment capable of generating results. It’s often used to treat the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. A consultation with one of our specialists is necessary to determine your candidacy for this procedure. During your consultation, we’ll assess your goals and recommend the best treatments for achieving them.

#4: No Surgery, No Downtime

Most of our MedSpa treatments are non-invasive and require limited to no downtime. In most cases, our patients can carry on with their daily activities after most procedures.

#5: Long-Lasting Results

Further studies conclude that patients with regular Forever Young BBL treatments see long-lasting results. These studies also include patients who were treated more than 10 years ago!

Each of our treatments generates lasting results in various ways, but much of the success of maintaining visible improvements with MedSpa treatments depends on consistent and correct skincare at home. Your esthetician is trained to select the products that will most benefit your skin and advise you on how to maintain your results between visits.

Let’s talk skincare! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.

Fat loss

What You Need to Know About Fat Loss and Fat Cells

Did you know that by the time you exit puberty your body typically stops creating fat cells? The fat cells you have into adulthood increase in volume when you gain weight and shrink when you lose it. It’s one of the reasons there’s a difference between fat loss and weight loss.

What Are Fat Cells?

According to Craig Freudenrich, PH.D., fat or adipose tissue is found in different areas of the body. Subcutaneous fat is located just under the skin. Some fat, called visceral fat, can be found on top of your kidneys and in your liver. Even smaller amounts are stored in muscle.

Men carry fat in their chest, abdomen, and buttocks. Women usually carry it in their breasts, hips, waist, and buttocks. Interestingly, science has proven that your body doesn’t typically generate fat cells after puberty. As your body stores fat, the number of fat cells stays the same. The cells just get bigger. Craig Freudenrich raises the theory that there are potential exceptions to this, but in general, the number of fat cells the body has after puberty remain the same into adulthood.

How Do Fat Cells Accumulate?

It’s all about diet, right? You are what you eat! Well, not entirely.

ScienceBlogs’s Ed Yong covers the emerging science of obesity and the new understanding of fat cells stemming from studies. A study conducted by Kirsty Spalding from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that people with more body fat had larger fat cells both in their subcutaneous and visceral (belly) fat. The study found that the number of fat cells a person has is set during childhood. Each year, roughly 8% of their fat cells die off and are replaced.

The obese subjects in Spalding’s study included people who were obese from an early age. Interestingly, most of them grew up to be obese. Approximately 75% of obese children become obese adults.

Once fat cell counts are set during childhood, there isn’t a change in adulthood unless a significant event triggers fat cell production. The exact reasons for childhood obesity vary, and sometimes, they have little (or nothing) to do with diet and activity levels.

How Do You Get Rid of Fat Cells?

As weight is lost, fat cells shrink, which is why a person who loses weight begins to look thinner or smaller. If the accumulation of fat cells has little to do with diet and exercise, then it stands to reason losing fat isn’t all about diet and exercise. While adopting a healthy lifestyle is without a doubt a key factor to losing weight and seeing the number on the scale drop, it’s not the only contributing factor to losing fat.

Your body will naturally break down fat, but the number of fat cells will remain the same. Maintaining a healthy weight generally requires:

  • Eating a balanced diet of carbohydrates, fat, and protein
  • Avoiding overeating (a daily diet of 1,500 to 2,000 calories is usually sufficient)
  • Regular exercise

While your body will naturally burn fat for energy, sometimes it doesn’t burn it where you want. This is where targeted fat loss strategies based on the science we just covered come into the picture.

Fat Loss (and Reduction) Strategies

Diet and exercise-resistant fat can be treated in multiple ways. For people trying to rid themselves of fat in hard-to-target areas, body contouring procedures have provided a non-invasive and non-surgical solution, depending on their body and goals.

CoolSculpting and Body Contouring

Our “go to” fat reduction treatment is CoolSculpting, which we many times combine with Exilis Ultra to generate the best possible results of fat reduction and skin tightening.

We also specialize in the use of Exilis Ultra, Kybella, and SculpSure for body contouring and skin tightening needs. You’ll need to schedule a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for one of these body contouring treatments.

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