Infrared Coagulator (IRC)By Pete On March 16, 2012 Under Posts
Infrared what? Like a laser, “IRC” uses light to attack the ink pigment lying inert in the dermis. However, it is not a laser as it uses infrared light to heat the tissue holding the pigment. A laser attacks the pigment directly by matching the laser wavelength with that of the ink color. By using infrared light the incidence of collateral tissue damage using IRC is likely to be higher than that of a true laser.
The treatment procedure is similar to that of lasers. The area to be treated is cleaned and a topical anesthetic is applied to numb the skin. Very short pulses of infrared light are shot at the tattoo. A grid like approach is used to target the tattoo with untreated spaces left in between.
Post treatment a scab will form and eventually fall off. With the scab some of the ink will be removed. At least three treatments are necessary for small tattoos.
The advantages of IRC treatment vs. laser is it attacks all ink colors. It usually requires fewer visits as well. IRC treatment should be cheaper than laser because the equipment costs much less. But there are downsides to keep in mind. The chance of scarring using IRC is higher than for laser, depending on who you talk to. The reason has to do with heating the surrounding tissue during treatment rather than just the ink.
What Does IRC Cost?
IRC can cost several hundred dollars per visit. Three visits are likely to set you back up to $1,500.
As with everything in life that has so many variables, your results may vary.
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