(Frequently Asked Questions)

:  How much will this cost

:  If the client is 18 years old or younger, we ask for no donation.  If the client is 19 years old or older, we ask for a $60 donation to help cover costs of bandages, antibiotic & anti-itch creams, anesthetic, and repairs to the medical equipment.  If the client is unable to make a $60 donation, we will not turn the client away; we would ask that a donation be made later if possible, and will provide a copy of our mailing address in that case.

Q2:  Is this laser removal?

:  No, we do not use a laser.  A laser is a narrow beam of coherent light.  The light used by the doctors at CTTRP is not coherent.  As described in the article above, laser removal directly targets the pigment within the skin cells.  The CTTRP method administers a second-degree burn to the pigment and surrounding skin cells, causing a burn wound that must be treated as any other second-degree burn wound.  

Q3:  A burn wound?!  Will it hurt?

    A3:  Anesthetics administered beforehand prevents pain sensation during the treatment, but itching and irritation may occur during the healing process, as with any other burn.

Q4:  Will the wound scar?

    A4:  Yes, as with any burn wound, a scar will develop.  Proper treatment of a burn wound will minimize scarring, and if kept clean, out of sunlight, and well-bandaged for a year, most burn wound scars are hard to notice until pointed out.  After each treatment, a layer of skin will die and separate from the lower layers.  This layer will eventually detach from the rest of the body, but if kept clean should be used to protect the underlying tissue.  These underlying tissues will begin to harden, dry, and grow toward the surface of the skin.  We cannot stress enough how important proper care of the burn wound is to the resulting scar, so each treatment includes training on wound care as well as evaluation by practicing doctors.

Q5:  Can all tattoos be removed?

    A5:  No.  Tattoos that fully encircle a limb can not be completely removed.

Q6:  Do all parts of the body heal the same?

    A6:  No.  Certain areas of the body (back, chest, shoulders, ankles) may scar more readily and could be more difficult to heal.

Q7:  Do all skin types scar equally?

    A7:  No.  Certain skin types scar more than others.  The degree of scarring or pigment change can not be predicted.