Fade Fast Dallas – New Location – New Days – New Hours

Location – As of August 2015, Fade Fast Dallas has moved to a new, larger facility in Dallas, 2928 Main St, Suite 100, Dallas Texas 75226 (in the heart of Deep Ellum).

Mondays – Starting Monday September 14th, 2015, Fade Fast Dallas will be extending our schedule to be open Monday-Saturday.

Hours – Now open at 11am weekdays for clients wanting to make lunchtime appointments (Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturdays 1pm-6pm)

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For information on our Arkansas location please visit the following link – http://fadefast.com/arkansas/

Photos by Allan Hayslip and Naked Lens Photography

Choosing Your Technician

The laser tattoo removal industry has quickly grown in the last several years. For the industry, that means more and more technicians coming into this field. Some are well trained and dedicated to their job, while others have very little understanding about the procedures they are performing. It also means a few things have changed for clients interested in getting a tattoo removed. The idea of tattoo removal is not such a scary, foreign idea anymore. More and more people have gone through the procedure and are willing to talk about their experiences. It also means clients now have many more options. Figuring out who is best qualified to perform your procedures can often be difficult.

At times the field of laser tattoo removal can be very hard to navigate. Even clients that do their research are often confused or overwhelmed by the abundance of outdated and incorrect information. Though online resources can be helpful, it can still be quite confusing. Words like “Nd:YAG, pulsewidth, and nano/picometers” aren’t in most people’s everyday vocabulary.

So how do you determine who you should or shouldn’t let work on you?

Know what questions to ask. Employees of a laser clinic should never be upset answering questions regarding their abilities or their equipment. Most lasers technicians have dedicated large amounts of time to their training and careers. You should expect them to enjoy discussing the equipment, science, and the results they have achieved.

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Although these questions aren’t foolproof, they will help to determine someone’s qualifications. Also, it is a good start to allow you to get to know your technician. Along with looking at portfolios, trust your instincts. Were all your questions answered? Equally as important, are you comfortable with your decision? If you feel pressured or are unsure about treatment options, take the time to get a second opinion.

Check back soon for Part 2 of this topic: What to expect during your procedure.

4750 Treatments and Superior Results

One of the most common questions we get here at Fade Fast is, “How do you remove tattoos in such few treatments?” With 4,750 treatments on over 1,300 clients that brings our average down to less than 4 treatments per client. In the business of laser tattoo removal, these numbers are exceptionally low. How do we get these amazing results?

  1. Equipment – Our laser produces twice the power of most machines presently used in the industry. By using larger spot sizes we are able to get better penetration to break up stubborn inks.
  2. Client Education – Certain inks such as yellow do not respond to laser treatments. Also, other inks that contain white may actually get darker when exposed to laser energy.
  3. Patience – We encourage our clients to wait longer between treatments. Although this practice brings in less income, the extended time actually decreases the final number of treatments.
  4. Real Expectations – Not all tattoos respond well to laser treatments. Here at Fade Fast, if we feel that the client will not be happy with final results, we often encourage them to seek other options.
  5. Other Options – Laser treatment is normally the most effective form of tattoo removal. However, there are other options such as surgical excision and tattoo cover up.
  6. Lightening – For most people seeking removal, it’s not that they hate tattoos. They simply dislike what they have. Over the year many of our clients have chosen to lighten their tattoos. Although this option is not for everyone, it is one of the fastest ways to free yourself from your bad tattoos.

Below is an excellent example of a client that wasn’t happy with his lower back “tramp stamp” tattoo.  With just two laser treatments he was able to cover the area with an amazing tattoo done by Dru Bias of Saints and Sinners.  Click on the images below to see larger closeup versions of the process and final tattoo.

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As you can see in the image below, the old tattoo is completely covered by light blues and virtually invisible in the areas with no ink.

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Tattoo Ink Study

Recently we put together a study to determine how different laser wavelengths interact with particular colors and more specifically different brands of tattoo inks. This test was designed to present empirical data proving or disproving the following statements:

Presently the four most common wavelengths that are used to remove tattoos are:
1064nm (infrared light) is absorbed by black and most other ink colors
650nm, 694nm, 755nm (red light) are absorbed by green ink
585nm (yellow light) is absorbed by blue ink
532nm (green light) is absorbed by red ink

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The study was also designed to further determine the interactions of each wavelength on nonstandard or mixed colors such as orange, teal, purple, etc. In addition, the effectiveness of infrared light (1064nm) was tested on all colors to determine the absorption rates in comparison to the standard complimentary colors. Ex: Green absorbs Red Light.

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Many of the inks did conform to the generally accepted light absorption archetype. However, some colors did not and produced some very surprising results. The outcome of this preliminary test identified some interesting ink interactions with every wavelength; most notably the less commonly used 585 (yellow) wavelength.

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High resolution photos were taken and cataloged to show each ink’s interaction for side-by-side comparisons. All of the data produced by this study will be available during our lecture at The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth, October 3rd at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Nevada:

http://www.tattooexpo09.com/seminar.php?id=18

Nine Bar Removal Project

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The gradient laser removal project started August 17, 2007 when Adam Walsh of Hold Fast tattooed the bars on the inside of my right arm.  We chose 9 because an approximate spacing of a half-inch seemed to work well aesthetically, and 8 treatments seemed to be a reasonable estimation to remove a black tattoo.

I began treating the tattoo on September 19, 2007.  This was of course quite soon to start the removal, but the process was as much about experimentation as it was to show my clients how the process worked. As you can see by the first treatment, the ink was quite resilient, breaking down in an uneven fashion.  This result is actually fairly uncommon, usually only seen when treating newer tattoos.  Also, in treatment number two you can see an unusual result.  The white patch on the right side of the bar was from a scab that I accidentally pulled off.  Of course total ink removal is a plus, but I could have been left with a scar.  Thankfully I was not.

Treatments three through five all went as planned with only one constant issue.  The 9th bar, and sometimes number 8, would often blister post treatment.  This was most likely attributed to heat generated by my bicep touching the area when my arm was bent.  Treatment six also went as planned with another minor problem.  Again I accidentally pulled a scab from the area.  This time however the area did not loose color.  In fact, the opposite happened.  The scab was more superficial and the underlying dermis was exposed leaving a very dark area in the tattoo.  It took a few months, but in time the epidermis regenerated and the color evened out.

Treatments seven and eight went well. I increased the energy quite a bit to knock out as much color as possible. I was a bit more aggressive than normal, but the project was nearing completion and results needed to be more dramatic if possible.  Bar number 9 is not perfect.  There is still a bit of tattoo ink left, the tissue feels slightly different and depending on ambient temperature the area will turn red at times.

The removal project ended with the final laser treatment on February 17, 2009 and the outlines tattooed on April 2, 2009.  Overall I am happy with the final product with one minor exception. As can seen in the photo, the bars that were once straight and symmetrical, have changed shape dramatically as they were progressively treated.

In time the bars will continue to fade and the outlines will soften.  So, in the future I will be updating the photo and possibly the story behind the project.

Credit and Special Thanks to Stacy Potter for the photo.

1200th Treatment

On Tuesday May 19th, 2009 Fade Fast hit an amazing milestone, our 1200th treatment! This achievement is especially significant in that every treatment was performed by Allen Falkner, not an accumulation of treatments by multiple technicians. Below is a before and after shot from our client Chris: (The 1200th treatment was done just after the right side of the photo was taken)

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Below you can see a step by step series of images from untreated (top left) to the 8th treatment (bottom right). The white frosting in the last photo is actually a normal post treatment response that disappears 10-15 minutes after the procedure. Click Here for more information on frosting.

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As you can see, the tattoo is not completely removed, but we are very, very close. Another thing you might notice in the first image is that Chris lost 30 pounds since we first started. Congratulations Chris and thank you for trusting us with your tattoo removal!

Laser Nano Suturing

It wasn’t long ago that the mention of lasers conjured up images of large-scale weapons that were definitely more science fiction than fact.

The Death Star has a formidable array of turbolasers giving it the firepower of greater than half the Imperial starfleet.

Planetary disintegration? Doubtful modern lasers will ever be used for that purpose. It’s true that the use of lasers to damage or destroy tissue has become more and more common in the medical field. Even in our business of tattoo removal, we harness the destructive property of laser energy to break down the tattoo ink so the body lymphatic system can remove the foreign particles. However, what about using a laser to create, rather than destroy?

Well, it appears that medical science recently made an amazing breakthrough: Laser-Bonded Nano Suturing

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Irene Kochevar codirects research into healing surgical incisions with laser light at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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After removing a small ellipse of tissue from an anesthetized rabbit, surgeon Ying Wang sews the deeper layers of the wound shut with traditional sutures; the laser that the team uses does not penetrate this deep tissue and so cannot bind it together.

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Wang has closed the right half of the epidermal wound with cosmetic stitches. She then drips Rose Bengal dye onto the left half.

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Wang and surgeon Min Yao position a metal frame that directs a green surgical laser over the incision. The frame keeps the instrument steady and at a measured distance from the skin. They shine the light onto the cut to activate the dye, leaving it on for three minutes.

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A lens in the metal stand modifies the shape of the laser’s focal point so that it’s ideal for healing a long, thin surgical incision. Activated by the light, the Rose Bengal stain causes collagen fibers in the skin to link, sealing the wound.

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Once the laser is removed, the left half of the incision remains closed without sutures; it requires no further care and will leave behind almost no scar. The stitches on the right half, however, must remain in place for up to two weeks and will result in small but visible cross-hatch scars.

Story by Lauren Gravitz / Photos by Porter Gifford

Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you…

Removing tattoos might be our business, but removal can often mean editing an existing piece or making room for better work. Today is prime example of that. I have an old armband that has been treated twice and is now ready to be covered. Well, not quite. Mike worked on it for an hour or so today, but stopped because some of the areas are still too dark to cover. Looks like one more treatement before the tattooing can go any higher.

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I want to thank Mike for all the work he has done on my left sleeve…and in case you haven’t heard of the guy, here is a little background on him:

Some of you might know him from his tattoos on The Lizardman
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…or possibly from his portrait of Maddox Jolie Pitt
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One day everyone will really know him for his controversial paintings
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…but me, I know him as the light handed tattoo artist with the SWEET ‘STACHE
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Sorry, Mike….it had to be done.

Mike Tidwell Awards
Best Color Small – Texas Tattoo Roundup – 2002
Best Color Medium – Texas Tattoo Roundup –2004
Most Realistic– Texas Tattoo Roundup –2004
Best Portrait – Texas Tattoo Roundup –2004
Most Unusual – Texas Tattoo Roundup –2005
Most Unusual – Texas Tattoo Roundup –2007