effective tattoo removal in gulfport

Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo has been a great addition to our business.  We are able to help people in our community who need the unwanted tattoo gone or someone who simply needs it to be lightened for a cover up.  The Astanza Laser Duality provides result you will want to see.    We also provide free consultations, call us today 228-539-8522.

How do lasers remove tattoos?
Lasers work by directing energy toward ink in the skin with highly concentrated colored light beams. These laser beams break up ink particles into tiny fragments, which are later cleared up by the body’s scavenging cells. This process of fragmenting the ink particles requires numerous sessions depending on the depth of the ink level. The procedure is bloodless and no incisions are made. The laser selectively targets the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin. With deeper penetration of the skin and multiple sessions, however, the heat generated by the lasers may cause pain and blister formation. Even though laser technology is refined, the chance of scarring is always present with multiple treatments. This is not only true for laser tattoo removal, but with nearly all tattoo removal methods.

Who is a candidate for laser tattoo removal?
Individuals with fair skin and superficially placed tattoos on the arms, chest, buttocks or legs are the best candidates. Tattoos on dark-skinned individuals, or tattoos on the ankles or fingers (areas where there is less body fat), are the most difficult to treat and results are more variable. A thorough discussion with a tattoo removal specialist can better determine the potential success rate of laser tattoo removal for any given tattoo and skin type. Consulting with a professional and reputable tattoo removal specialist who is experienced and understands the procedure is important to ensure proper treatment and candidacy.

Can all tattoos be removed?
Unfortunately, not all tattoos can be removed completely, but the majority can be. Tattoos are meant to be permanent, and with recent ink technology and professional tattoo artists improving their skills, tattoos imprinted in the last decade are very difficult to remove. Even with the best technique, some residual scarring remains in a few cases.

What determines the success of tattoo removal?
Complete removal of a tattoo is based on several things. The size, location, application, age of the tattoo (newer tattoos are generally more difficult to remove), and color of the tattoo all factor in, as well as the health of the patient. A patient’s health is a determining factor because it will determine how well the body is able to heal after the procedure.

Does tattoo removal hurt?

Unfortunately, tattoos are painful when they are placed on the skin, and they are just as painful when they are removed. The lasers generate rapid pulses that may feel different to each patient, but are generally uncomfortable and feel like the snap of a rubber band to the skin. To minimize the pain, the physician will recommend taking Tylenol a few hours before the procedure. Pain medications that thin blood and promote bruising are not recommended. To further decrease the pain, the physician may apply a local anesthetic ointment on the tattoo a few hours before the procedure. In some cases, the physician may inject a local anesthetic into the tattoo before the procedure.

How long does each treatment take?
Laser treatment usually does not take more than a few minutes, yet this time frame varies greatly depending on the tattoo. However, multiple sessions are required to remove most tattoos. The multiple sessions are usually split over 4-8 week periods, depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo.  Most simple tattoos are removed in 2-4 treatments and are scheduled about 4-8 weeks apart. Removing complex tattoos often requires a series of treatments that are spaced approximately eight or more weeks apart. Professional tattoos usually require 6-10 treatments for complete clearing. A large, professional color tattoo can cost thousands of dollars to remove, and the success of the procedure may not be guaranteed.

Are there other tattoo removal methods?
There are other methods of tattoo removal, though most of them are generally ineffective at permanent removal and may result in a greater risk of scarring. Today, laser therapy has replaced most other treatment options and most tattoo removal specialists utilize laser technology as the sole tattoo removal treatment option. Some of the other methods include dermabrasion, camouflage, and excision of the tattoo. These methods may result in more damage to the skin and excess scarring. These techniques are usually used when laser is not an option. There are also tattoo removing creams on the market, but they are not proven to work. They are thought to assist with sloughing off skin cells and thus the tattoo layer by layer, which usually takes a long time and still may not reach the depths of the tattoo ink.

Why Choose platelet rich plasma for cosmetic rejuvenation

Cosmetic facial rejuvenation is something we may or may not think about as we age.  Many of us do not want to admit that our skin and appearance change with age.  If asked, we all can see something we would change if we could.  Platelet rich plasma is an option to turn back the clock in a safe, non-surgical option.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) offers an option to improve skin tone, texture and smooth fine lines.  The science is simple, PRP stimulates collagen production and tissue regeneration.  This helps to fill the areas that have become sunken from age.  It is not only applicable to the face but can be used in other areas such as the back of hands, neck, and décolletage (chest area).  PRP gives you actual results with no artificial fillers or chemicals.


Platelet rich plasma sessions are done typically in groups of three, four-eight weeks apart.  The maximum collagen regeneration occurs around three months with results lasting 18-24 months.

Why chose PRP over regular dermal fillers?

PRP is stimulating your own collagen production and tissue regeneration; therefore, results take longer but the results last much longer.  PRP is all natural, no chemicals or artificial.  Dermal fillers give instant results but they do not last as long (varies greatly on our activity level).

What is the PRP Process?

A small portion of blood is drawn from your arm, placed in special centrifuge to separate the PRP from the red blood cells.   The PRP is used in the facial and facelift procedure through microneedling and injections.

What is recovery time from PRP Facelift/facial?

The day of the procedure, we want you to be cautious of sun exposure.  You will appear to have a sunburn but it is not a painful procedure.  This resolves quickly.  If injections were used in the procedure, bruising may be noted at the injection site.   The recovery time for a PRP facial/facelift is significantly better than a chemical peel.

Is PRP restricted to the face?

PRP can be micro-needled on any skin surface.  PRP can also be used for joint injections (Tennis elbow) or for tendon/muscle damage.  PRP is also a true source of wound healing (not just maintaining) and closing with 1-3 treatments.  PRP is also showing great results for hair restoration for thinning hair in men and women!

Not just for women, Men can benefit from PRP procedure.

PRP Facelift – “Blood Facelift”

Platelet Rich Plasma…. Natural Non-Surgical Face Lift


Both men and women can experience a more youthful look using platelet rich plasma.

  • No risk of allergic reaction since it is using your own plasma
  • Little to no swelling, bruising or lumping
  • Stimulates collagen production to naturally reduce or eliminate wrinkles and lines

The process for platelet rich plasma (PRP) facelift is simple.  A small portion of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and placed in a specialized centrifuge for processing.   The area to be treated with have a numbing cream applied prior to procedure.  PRP is injected into the areas of concern and platelet poor plasma is used as a lubricant for microneedling the entire skin surface.  Every procedure is discussed between you and your provider to choose the best options for you!

Pros of PRP Facelift:

  • Topical  anesthetic
  • Short procedure: lasts between 30 and 60 minutes
  • You can immediately resume your daily activities: no bed rest, no hospital stay
  • Minimal or no pain at all following the treatment

The components of plasma stimulate the skin cells to produce collagen and literally rejuvenate the skin over time.  New cell growth takes weeks to months, PRP facelifts will improve your results as time passes.

PRP can improve many areas of concern:

  • Improving skin texture
  • Adding volume to the face, hands, and neck
  • Treating fine lines and wrinkles around and below the eyes
  • Plumping up undereye grooves
  • Minimizing wrinkles and lines around the mouth
  • Eliminating acne scars and stretch marks


If you have these conditions, PRP facelift might not be for you:

  • Abnormal platelet function (blood disorder)
  • Cancer and/or chemotherapy
  • Chronic or acute infections
  • Fever
  • Skin disease
  • Anti-coagulation therapies
  • Chronic liver problems
  • Recent use of corticosteroids

PRP For Equine Health

Benefits of PRP Therapy for Horses

  • Accelerate healing
  • Treat tendon and ligament injuries in horses
  • Treat horses with Arthritis or synovitis
  • Heal wounds, accident or surgical
  • Inject PRP to accelerate soft tissue healing in horses
  • Use PRP gel on burn, cuts and wounds


Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections is creating enthusiasm in the orthopedic and sports injury world for horses.  PRP treatment has been effective for treating injuries to the tendon, ligament, muscle and joint.  Normally these injuries are slow to heal.   PRP offers an option to avoid surgery.

Platelet rich plasma is derived from the blood drawn from the horse and processed through a special centrifuge.  The blood is separated, allowing the platelet rich plasma to be removed.  PRP contains an abundance of concentrated platelets.   PRP contains white blood cells that “clean up” the remains of dead and injured cells.  PRP contains cytokines with provided the growth factors that are responsible for tissue regeneration.

PRP is injected into the injured area and at the same time stimulating the body to bring even more new cells to the injured site.   Therefore, growth factors initiate connective tissue healing, bone regeneration and repair, promote formation of new blood vessels, and stimulate healing process.

Platelet rich plasma can be combined with thrombin/calcium chloride to form a platelet gel.  This gel is sprayed over the wound.  The wound is covered with a nonstick dressing and covered for 7-10 days to allow healing to occur.

Frequently, chronic injuries or wounds may need more than one treatment.  PRP treatments can be used along with physical therapy, rest, acupuncture or laser therapy.  PRP offers a solution to accelerate the healing process and strengthen the injured are and reduce recurrence of injury.

PRP Sample should be injected at room temperature.  PRP can be stored in the freezer for up to one year.

It is an autologous (Patients own blood) process so there is no risk of rejection.  PRP can offer your horse an opportunity to live a full life!

PRP Wound Care … PRP Should be an Option for You!

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has a very vital and effective role in wound care.  PRP provides healing benefits of concentrated platelets, cytokines, growth factors, fibrin scaffolding and many more.

  • Concentrated platelets: Specialized Centrifuge gives a platelet concentration higher than the regular blood.
  • Cytokines: Greek for “cyto” meaning cell and “kinos” meaning movement. Cytokines

communicate to cells to move towards sites of inflammation, infection and trauma.

  • Growth factors: specialized proteins that promote healing, reduce inflammation and stimulate healing.
  • Fibrin scaffolding: a network of proteins that join to help support a variety of living tissues. Fibrin allows blood to clot.

Many people have chronic non-healing wounds.  Treatments can vary with little to no success.  Some are even told amputation is the only option left for them.  PRP is a great wound care option.  The wound is healed thoroughly with treatments and pain is greatly improved with each treatment.

Treatments are only performed approximately every seven days.  You do not have to revolve around your treatments any more.  After each treatment, the wound is covered and not touched again until the next treatment is scheduled.

The patients’ blood is drawn, placed in a specialized centrifuge and the platelet rich plasma is separated from the red blood cells.  The platelet rich plasma is mixed with thrombin/calcium chloride and forms a gel-like consistency.   The PRP gel is placed over the wound.  Bactericidal factors and leukocytes decrease bacteria/viral pathogens at the wound site.


Platelet rich plasma is a safe and effective wound healing treatment with no risk of rejection.  PRP preparation is simple and effective healing for wounds.  Treating wounds from the start will allow the wound to heal faster and the person to regular activity.  If you have tried other wound care options with little to no success, PRP should be an option for you.

Stop Hair Loss with PRP and Regrow Hair

Have you wondered how you can reverse hair loss?  It’s becoming more and more common for both men and women to want to reverse hair loss.  Platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be a solution that will work for you.  PRP has been around for many years and the uses can vary.  In the cosmetic world, it is quickly gaining momentum.  Even popular TV shows the “The Doctors” are examining the efficacy of PRP in hair loss. PRP is full of concentrated growth factors that naturally stimulate lost hair follicles.  PRP is obtained by drawing the patients’ blood, placing in a specialized centrifuge to separate the blood components.  The yellow portion of the separation is the platelet rich plasma, this portion is removed and used for the hair restoration process.


PRP treatments are done in an office setting and usually only takes about an hour.   There is no downtime for PRP treatments and regular activity can be resumed following each treatment.   Treatments are repeated every four weeks for desired amount of treatments, usually a minimum of three total.  The number of treatments will be discussed between you and your provider. PRP is injected into the scalp that has thinning areas and offers an option that allows real hair to grow back.  Each hair follicle will return fuller and thicker hair strands throughout areas of scalp. PRP is also applied topically to the scalp surface and micro-needling is performed.  Doing both procedures ensures PRP coverage and optimum success of hair growth.   Home care regimen, decided between you and your provider, will be followed to ensure maximum success.  In many cases, Minoxidil will be ordered as a part of hair regrowth treatment.


Many times, in defining hair loss, we automatically think of men.  However, women seek hair loss treatments for many reasons.  For women, hair loss and thinning can be devastating and life changing. Women will seek cosmetic procedures more than men. PRP offers options for women to have fuller, thicker hair.  It allows any area of the scalp to be treated to meet each person’s needs.


There is a scale for hair loss that providers will use to determine the hair loss.  This scale is called the Androgenic Alopecia Norwood-Hamilton scale.  The best candidates are scale two through four. The earlier you can begin the process the more success you will have with PRP treatments.   Not all hair loss can be stopped or reversed but many are candidates for PRP treatments.   The best candidates for PRP hair restoration are 1) people with thinning hair versus balding 2) people who want to enhance a recent hair transplant and 3) people who want more than topical therapies alone.   New hair growth can be seen as early as two weeks.

Can PRP Injections be an Alternative to Surgery?

January 25, 2017 RBC Staff ,

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) may be an option to avoid surgery for injuries.  While other treatments like cortisone may provide short term relief, PRP promotes long term healing.


Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections can provide a non-surgical treatment option.  Research has shown that it improves the healing of injuries to damaged muscle or tendons.  Platelet rich plasma is the portion of the separated blood that has a concentration of 5-10x the concentration of growth factors that play the integral role of healing.


Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF): Regulates cell growth and division.

Transforming Growth Factor Beta(TGF-b): Responsible for overall cell proliferation, differentiation, and other functions.

Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF): Plays a vital role in the wound healing process and embryonic development. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor: Responsible for vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. Restores oxygen supply in cells when inadequate. It also helps create new blood vessels after injury.

Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF): Found in the epithelialization-phase of wound healing

Connective Tissue Growth Factor: Major functions in cell adhesion, migration, proliferation, angiogenesis, skeletal development, and tissue wound repair.


PRP can be carefully injected into the specific area of injury.  Treatment can improve the injury as quickly as one treatment or can be repeated.  PRP injections can be used for treating areas throughout the body from the shoulders to the toes.


Platelet rich plasma has been used to treat professional athletes in the NFL and Olympics.  Tiger Woods and football player Hines Ward have had PRP therapy for injuries.


Platelet rich plasma uses your own growth factors that can improve healing 800%.  Treatment studies have shown that people have returned to activity and athletics faster without surgery.  Platelet rich plasma is less expensive and less invasive that surgery.   Platelet rich plasma can help alleviate ongoing degeneration and stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue.   PRP injections can be performed in your physician’s office.  The process from the beginning to the end is approximately 45 minutes.  PRP treatment is frequently used to treat ACL injuries, ligament sprains, tennis elbow, meniscus tears and many more.

Platelet rich plasma injections are not recommended by individuals with bleeding disorders, have cancer or currently taking anti-coagulation medications.

What is PRP?


PRP is platelet rich plasma.  It is a therapy that uses the patient’s own blood to promote healing in injured areas of the body.  Platelet rich plasma is obtained by drawing the patient’s own blood and processing it to separate the plasma.  Within the plasma are growth factors that promote the healing of tissue, tendons and ligaments.  PRP in wound care can offer the patient an option that is only performed once a week.  Depending on the size of a wound, as little as one treatment can heal the area.


Platelet rich plasma is derived from your own blood so it has a minimal risk of adverse reaction and no risk of disease transmission.  PRP injection is not recommended for individuals with bleeding disorders, have cancer, active infections or currently using anti-coagulation medications.   Anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided at time of treatment.


PRP has been used in orthopedics, podiatry, vascular repairs, dental procedures and wound care.  Platelet rich plasma can also be used in a surgical specialty area.


The PRP process is a simple procedure and time efficient.  After the blood is separated in specialized equipment the plasma is removed and ready for use.   Once this is completed the plasma has two parts, platelet rich plasma and platelet poor plasma.  All or part can be used for the required treatment.  The process from the beginning to the end takes approximate 45 minutes.  The plasma is “liquid gold” and will be the key to healing.  PRP offers an opportunity for your body to heal and may avoid surgery.  Other treatments like cortisone may only provide short term relief and PRP will promote long term healing.


PRP injections are usually performed two to three weeks apart if necessary.  For some, one treatment offers complete relief.  Typically, three injections can be given in a six-month time frame.