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For Laser Tattoo and Hair Removal Services, Telehealth Video Consults Bring Patients One Step Closer to Treatment

May 8, 2020

As people continue to stay home due to COVID-19 and elective procedures are postponed, telehealth video visits are great alternatives for non-emergent issues. The Vein Center at GBMC Health Partners is currently accepting telehealth video visits for patients in need of consultations for tattoo and laser hair removal.

Video Consultations – How They Work

Video visits for laser hair and tattoo removal are very similar to in-office appointments, allowing patients to address concerns with a specially-trained provider in the comfort of their own homes.

"By scheduling a telehealth video appointment now, we can perform a patient’s initial consultation for laser tattoo or hair removal later, determining who is an appropriate candidate, and preparing them for treatment for when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted,” explains Jennifer Heller, MD, director of The Vein Center at GBMC.

“During the video consultation, we will provide an overview of the laser process, discuss how to prepare for the first laser treatment, what to expect after treatment, and how many treatments will likely be needed for best results,” adds Esther Kim, FNP-BC, CWOCN, Certified Laser Specialist and Certified LSO (Laser Security Officer).

Esther Kim, FNP-BC, CWOCN

About Laser Tattoo Removal Video Consultation

Even during a pandemic, people change their minds. And, when it comes to tattoos, what was once deemed a beautiful work of art may now be ink that you no longer love. For whatever reason, when you want a tattoo permanently removed, The Vein Center at GBMC offers laser tattoo removal telehealth consultations.

Just like an in-office visit, your video visit will begin with a thorough review of your medical history to ensure future laser treatment is right for you. Your Vein Center provider will then ask to view the tattoo, its location on the body as well as its size, your skin type, and ask several questions including:

  • What type of ink was used on the tattoo?
  • What ink colors are in the tattoo? While all tattoos require multiple treatments, some colors are more difficult to remove and may need more laser sessions for the best results.
  • How long ago did you get the tattoo?
  • Is the tattoo covering another tattoo? Cover-ups can be tougher to remove due to the dense amount of ink deposited in the skin.

Additionally, the provider will look for any scarring on the skin in the treatment area. All of these factors determine whether you are a candidate for laser therapy and help the provider develop a treatment plan for future tattoo removal.

What You Need to Know About Laser Tattoo Removal

The Vein Center’s specially-trained and certified laser tattoo removal specialists use the state-of-the-art Q-Switch laser for maximum tattoo removal results with minimal or no adverse events. This safe and effective procedure uses rapid bursts of laser energy, targeting the pigment in the ink just below the skin’s surface to fragment it into small pieces. Your body’s natural immune system then absorbs, breaks down, and disposes of the ink particles during the natural healing process. Most patients see noticeable changes in the appearance of the tattoo in a few weeks. As the ink fades with each treatment, clear areas will begin to appear in the tattoo.

No More Unwanted Body Hair with Laser Hair Removal

In addition to laser tattoo treatment, The Vein Center offers laser hair removal treatment as an outpatient procedure. Similarly, patients can schedule an initial telehealth video consultation for this popular service. During the video visit, the provider will discuss your medical history and then examine the area(s) of the body for the desired laser treatment. Goals of this initial video consultation are to determine whether or not an individual is a candidate for the treatment and will include:

  • Identifying areas for laser hair removal
  • Determining if the hair is a treatable texture and color

“Being able to view the patient’s unwanted hair and the area of the body to be treated through the telehealth video visit will help determine candidacy,” says Ms. Kim.

About Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a common cosmetic medical procedure for women and men that eliminates the need to shave, wax, or tweeze unwanted hair on the body. It is a safe and effective procedure that uses very rapid bursts of laser energy that are attracted to the melanin in hair follicles. Following the video consultation, your provider will recommend the laser treatment that is best suited for your hair type and skin tone. Routinely, 6 to 8 consecutive treatments are required to achieve optimal results (individual treatment varies).

Find out which areas of the body are commonly treated.

Following the telehealth appointment, patients will be contacted to schedule an in-office appointment to begin treatment once elective procedures can resume. Schedule your telehealth video consultation for laser hair or tattoo removal treatment today – call The Vein Center at 443-849-6123.

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