Great news! After many months of planning, assembling our board and our technicians, signing a lease, creating a website, collecting supplies and preparing the office, we are now officially up and removing!
On January 12th and 13th, our seven laser-technicians-to-be took a two-day training course taught by Armando Diaz, an educator from the Dallas-based Astanza Laser College. Armando and the state-of-the art Astanza Duality Laser flew in from Dallas the day before the training. After setting up and thoroughly testing the laser, Armando taught us a detailed course in tattoos and tattoo application, types of tattoos, laser safety requirements, laser physics, laser skin interaction, tattoo removal contraindications and complications, and hands-on tattoo-removal protocols. Armando is a laser expert - he has an engineering degree from Purdue University and has been with Astanza for six years. The classroom training was excellent, with six hours of lectures and a strong focus on client safety.
For our hands-on laser training, we first practiced on magazine pages, since magazine ink is similar to tattoo ink. With safety goggles in place and Armando overseeing, each of us got to position the laser, press the foot pedal and hear a sharp "snap" as a small square of magazine ink absorbed energy from the six one-millionths of a second laser pulse and vaporized, leaving behind a pale grey square. This is the same process that occurs within the skin, as relatively large tattoo-ink globules absorb the laser energy and shatter into extremely tiny particles that can be absorbed by the body's clean-up system of specialized white blood cells.
After the magazine practice, we were ready for the real thing. Our eight volunteer clients had dozens of tattoos between them. Each of us got to treat multiple tattoos with Armando overseeing the process. The most fascinating thing to me was that the same sharp "snap" sound emanated from the skin as the tattoo ink absorbed laser energy and disintegrated beneath the surface.
At the end of the two-day course, Armando tested us and every student passed with flying colors, each of us earning the title of Certified Laser Specialist. We are now ready to serve our clients and are scheduling sessions. We provide this service at no cost for the formerly-incarcerated, the formerly-gang-involved, and victims of human trafficking. Please contact us if you believe that you might qualify for this life-changing treatment.