Occasionally a client will ask us whether we are able to perform the so-called “R20 Method” of tattoo removal on their unwanted tattoos. While some clinics are willing to do this, there is a simple reason we don’t offer it to our clients – it’s just too dangerous. Many R20 Method treatments result in permanent scarring, permanent changes in skin pigmentation, and permanent changes in skin texture. At Eraser Clinic, we are in the business of removing your tattoo without a trace.
So what exactly is the R20 Method, and what makes it more dangerous than standard laser tattoo removal? Keep reading to find out.
What is the R20 Method of Tattoo Removal?
Though it is marketed to sound like a significant advance over accepted tattoo removal treatments, the R20 Method – also known as “Accelerated Tattoo Removal” – is actually very simple. While most laser tattoo removal treatments only make a single pass with a laser to fade the tattoo, the R20 Method uses several passes in the same session.
This makes the R20 Method very similar to standard laser tattoo removal in most ways. Just like with a traditional removal, a laser is used to break up the large ink particles of the tattoo. This allows the ink to be picked up by your immune system and filtered out through the body’s normal waste removal processes.
Clinics that offer the R20 Method even use the same lasers they use for standard tattoo removal. The difference between the methods is not the equipment – rather, it’s how that equipment is used.
How the R20 Method of Tattoo Removal Works
In a standard tattoo removal session, the laser technician overseeing your treatment will make a single pass over your tattoo with a laser in order to break up the ink in your skin. You will then wait about 6 weeks for your next sessions so that the body has time to remove the ink.
Instead of waiting six weeks between sessions, the R20 Method specifies a wait time of just 20 minutes between laser passes. In an R20 Method removal session the technician can make as many as four passes over the same area in just a few hours!
In some cases this might have the desired effect of fading a tattoo quickly, however the R20 Method also poses significant risks beyond those of standard laser tattoo removal. As mentioned above, many R20 Method treatments result in permanent scarring, permanent changes in skin pigmentation, and permanent changes in skin texture.
Unfortunately we see a lot of clients who come to us after unsuccessfully trying the R20 Method… Although we are able to safely remove the remaining ink, we are unable to correct the trauma to the skin that occurred during that previous R20 Method procedures.
In the end, the R20 Method might be marketed as a faster way to remove tattoos, but these claims are unsubstantiated, only work acceptably for a small portion of people, and often replace the tattoo with a scar or or malpigmented skin. It comes with unnecessary and dangerous risks. You want your tattoo removed without a trace, not replaced with skin damage. You’re better off allowing your skin to heal between tattoo removal sessions to ensure you get the best results possible.
At Eraser Clinic we are the tattoo removal experts. We offer free consultations and will happily answer any questions you may have about laser tattoo removal. So book your Free Consultation with us today at our locations in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston!