The military is notorious for restricting body art in enlistees. This is particularly true for the Navy, which until recently, had some of the most restrictive tattoo policies of all. While that branch has recently relaxed some of their rules regarding tats, there are still guidelines that could leave some men and women out of the ranks. Fortunately, effective tattoo removal is now available at Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics for those that have been turned down by their military branch of choice due to body ink.
New Rules for the Navy
While the Navy has relaxed its rules on arm and leg tattoos this year, there are still restrictions on the content of the body art. The branch prohibits any type of tattoos that are “racist, sexist, extremist or indecent.” The Navy also restricts tattoos that “advocate discrimination based on sex, race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin.” The determination of which tats fall into these categories may be purely at the discretion of a commanding officer.
In addition, the Navy will now allow one tattoo on the neck or behind the ear, as long as the design is not larger than one inch in either height or width. The branch is still restricting tattoos on the head, face and scalp.
Fortunately, if your current ink does not fit within these restrictions, help is available. PicoSure® laser tattoo removal is the most effective way to remove body ink to date, working on nearly any ink color and erasing tattoos of all sizes. This advanced technology is now available at Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics, giving our San Diego patients a new lease on their desire to serve.
PicoSure® is laser tattoo removal system that features a faster pulse than nearly any other device available today. The rapid pulse action literally shatters the pigment in the ink into tiny particles that can be eliminated through the body’s natural processes.
Benefits of PicoSure®
PicoSure® offers a number of benefits over other types of laser tattoo removal:
- Ability to treat more colors
- Requires fewer treatment sessions
- More effective elimination of even stubborn tattoos
- Works on even previously treated tattoos
This procedure targets the pigment in the body ink without damaging surrounding skin and tissue. You see effective tattoo removal with minimal discomfort and no downtime after your treatment sessions.
How It Works
Laser tattoo removal is provided in our office on an outpatient basis. The procedure does not require anesthesia, although some patients may request a topical numbing cream to ensure comfort during treatment. The laser energy is delivered via a handheld device that is moved across the skin’s surface. Treatment time will vary based on the size of the tattoo, but most treatments take 30 minutes or less to complete.
After your procedure, you can return to regular activities right away. The skin in the treatment area will be red and tender, similar to a sunburn. It is important to protect treated skin from direct sun exposure, since this can cause complications with the recovery and interfere with the results.
Patients will need a series of treatments to achieve full results, which are generally spaced six to eight weeks apart. In the majority of cases, PicoSure® will achieve full results within three to five treatment sessions, which is considerably fewer than with other types of laser tattoo removal. Of course, the total number of treatments will depend on the size of the tattoo, ink colors used and whether the ink was done professionally or by an amateur artist.
Don’t throw away your military dreams because of your body art. Contact Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics to find out if PicoSure® tattoo removal is the right choice for you. We are currently offering a special half-price introductory rate through the end of September 2016, so you can now purchase treatments starting at only $45 per treatment per square inch. (This offer expires 9/30/2016). Contact us today at 858-943-2443 or 760-472-5088.