A dedicated nurse practitioner with a stellar academic background. This includes education in the US and Russian Federation. Over 30 years of diverse clinical experience including acute and primary care settings. Ms Kotova is an appreciated and valuable member of the D-Ink staff.
Attending the National Laser Institute in Scottsdale, AZ Ms Maestas earned certifications in all areas of cosmetic lasering and mechanical skin treatments. Specializing in Laser Tattoo Removal since 2008. Former co-owner of Lazarus LLC. Recognized by various organizations and media outlets for her work with transitional and victims of violence tattoos.
Pricing/quote provided by phone, text, or email.
In-office consultations by appointment only.
Payment options accepted: cash, check, money order, credit/debit cards.
Gift certificates available.
Discounts given for multiple tattoos removal, referrals, and package deals.
Financing and payment plans available, in-house or through local financing options.
Call/Text: (505) 220-6629 or email for more information.
The laser, is not what removes the ink. The laser breaks down the ink. Making it possible, for an individual's body, to remove the ink at a faster rate. Tattoos are never accepted by the body and are seen as, foreign bodies. The body continually works at removing the tattoo or tattoos. The process is slow and usually will not be completed in a lifetime without the assistance of a laser.
Lasers contain multiple wavelengths that are attracted to the different colors of ink. The laser's energy then targets and breaks the ink into smaller particles. The ink is not lifted but absorbed into the body. Once absorbed, the body expels the ink, through the individual's lymphatic system or waste system. Removal can be affected by an individual's health or lifestyle.
At D-Ink, we use state of the art equipment. Don't be fooled by the term "gold standard". Gold standard refers to the body of the laser not the brand. A 1064 ND YAG short pulse or also called quick pulse, is the gold standard for tattoo removal. We use, Quanta's Q plus C, which contains 3 true laser wavelengths. These wavelengths provide treatment on a wide range of colors.
Pricing is determined not only by size, but content of ink. There is a large difference between an outline and a tattoo that is fully shaded. Example: A tribal tattoo. To ensure the best possible pricing, both will be considered. At D-Ink, we decided to put some standard sizes and pricing. This covers a majority of tattoos and makes it simple for clients to obtain a quote. However, we are always happy and willing to discuss quotes, payment options, and a need for a payment plan. As well as, discounts and specials. You never know, unless you ask.
Honestly, we don't know. The national guideline is between 1-15 treatments. Having an average of 12 listed. This guideline is reflected by combining all tattoos. This number we consider high. On average we see most tattoos remove between 6-8 treatments. Don't let someone promise or guarantee a number of treatments. Chances are you will be disappointed. That being said, more focus should be put on the time it takes to remove a tattoo vs the number of treatments. On average a tattoo can take anywhere from 1 month to 2 years to successfully be removed. There are many factors that play in the timing.
Treatments can be done no sooner than 4weeks from the previous treatment. After that, it is at the discretion of the individual. Between 4-8 weeks is the average. The body plays a large part in the removal process. A true statement regarding laser tattoo removal is, the longer between treatments, the longer it takes to remove a tattoo but with less treatments.
Yes, it is possible. Remember that the body is continually working on removing the ink. Remnants or shadowing can also occur, due to certain factors including scar tissue or resistant ink. Towards the end of the removal, there may be some remnants or shadowing. This does not mean, your tattoo, will not remove. However, you may not need further laser treatments. Your tech will discuss and determine before another treatment is done. At this stage in the process, the tattoo usually fades away on its own between 1-6 months.
Scarring is always a possibility, but it is not common these days due to the advancement of lasers that reduce heat exposure to surrounding tissue. As well as, the safety parameters set in place. More common, is hypo or hyper pigmentation, which is a lightning or darkening of the tissue on or surrounding the tattoo area. This is usually temporary but can become permanent. Discussing concerns and following aftercare instructions will ensure a positive outcome for your tattoo removal.
This is probably are number one asked question. Discomfort or pain varies by individual. We try to minimize this by using state-of-the art cooling technology, coupled with relaxation techniques. Although, numbing ointments or creams are available. Typically, they are not as successful in relieving the discomfort. Dawn's professionalism, sense of humor, and calming demeanor will help set your mind at ease. Your comfort is one of our highest priorities!
The average appointment takes approximately 15-20 minutes depending on schedule. The average time it takes to do a removal treatment, is dependent on the size, amount of colors and ink content. Example: A postage stamp size tattoo, typically takes between 5-10 seconds.
Make sure to eat before your scheduled appointment. At least an hour before. Get a good nights rest. Be aware of anxiousness or stress you may be having. Be positive, patience is unavoidable. If you are taking either prescription or over the counter pain medication. Please let your Tech know. These can sometimes have a opposite affect on discomfort associated with tattoo removal. For women only; please be aware that right before, during, and immediately following a cycle. Your pain tolerance will be lower than usual. Keep this in mind when scheduling. Usually, a four day window before and after is adequate.
An allergy to ink is more common than expected. There are no FDA requirements or regulations when it comes to tattoo inks. This means no oversight to ingredients, formulation, packaging, storage, or expiration. This increases the chances of an allergic reaction. Individuals may experience constant or occasional itching, swelling of the tattoo, the body may also reject the ink. Please discuss any of these experiences with staff, during consultation, prior to initial treatment.
NO, this is a better safe than sorry situation. You're tattoo will still be there after your pregnancy. D-Ink will be there to remove it.
Please, let D-Ink staff know if you think you might be pregnant. We care about your safety,as well as, that baby to be!
First, discuss with your recruiter your tattoos and their requirements. (Depending on different armed forces.) Army, Air Force,etc. Second, come to a clear agreement as to exactly which tattoos need to be removed. If a partial removal of a tattoo is needed please provide those outlines or measurements. Example: A v-neck removal out of a tattoo. Please show all tattoos to the recruiter, even if you think they are acceptable.
The removal process should be a priority, following your discussion with a recruiter. Most hesitate and delay the start of removal. This is what takes the longest to complete and can stall the enlistment process.
Absolutely, you may need less treatments than a complete removal. For the best possible outcome here is a list of suggestions. First, pick your design or pattern. Only choose what appeals to you. Do not base your decision on what you think might work, for a cover up. Have a connection with your tattoo.
Second, find your artist. Discuss your design and if a cover up is possible. Ask the artist what needs to be removed or lightened. Relay this information to D-Ink staff or arrange to have us discuss their recommendations directly.
Third, keep your artist informed throughout the removal process. Especially, after a few treatments have been done. You may likely need less than expected.
When you have had a desirable number of removal treatments completed and are now ready for your cover up. Please wait an average of 3-6 months from last removal treatment and cover up appointment. This ensures the area is completely healed and lessens the chance of lightening or fading of the new tattoo.
This is where the tattoo has the appearance of spreading to surrounding tissue. There are a few causes where this can occur.
D-Ink can clean up the bleed out, while protecting the original tattoo.
D-Ink can remove the area that needs correction with little to no disturbance to the surrounding area.
Due to certain causes a tattoo can become discolored. After a consultation and test spot, We at D-Ink , may possibly be able to restore the color.
After consulting with D-Ink staff. Cleaning blurred lines, restoring vibrancy of color, and defining original tattoo is a possibility. Call to discuss the options.
Saturday, October 1st
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
First come, first serve.
If you have any questions, please call D-ink at (505) 220-6629.
Tattoo Removal can be for, as simple as, a reflection of change. A transition from one place in life to another. It can be an obstacle to finding employment, advancing in a career, or joining the armed forces.
For some it is a barrier, to transitioning back into society. Gang or Incarceration tattoos (called transitional tattoos at D-Ink) Usually, because of the visibility on individuals, it is not only a reminder of their past. But, serves as a constant judgement and non acceptance from society. These tattoos no longer represent, the individual, who wears them. These types of tattoos and their removal must be a part of rehabilitation. Help us give them a chance! Bettering an individual, Creates a better community!
When I started, Laser Tattoo Removal, I could not have imagined my past would collide with my work. I will never forget my first client and my heart sinks each time another comes through the doors. These tattoos are a true example that anything can be used as a weapon. Whether forced or to appease, these tattoos cause constant painful reminders, to those who bear them. These victims are true fighters, working towards survival each day. Help us make that fight successful by removing the brands that bind them!
3939 San Pedro NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Cross streets: San Pedro and Montgomery
1608 Isleta Blvd. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Cross streets: Isleta and Arenal SW
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