By Nicole Weddington
Like many teenagers, Julie Green thought that she was grown enough to make a “permanent” decision about her body at the wise age of 17. It was the late 90s and all her friends were doing it, so why shouldn’t she? At the time, she loved the tattoo. It was beautiful, vibrant and feminine – a tiny ladybug on the top of her hand, between her thumb and pointer finger. Her mother begged her to get it in a different spot, somewhere it could be hidden if need be. But Julie wanted the world to see.
As the years went by, the tattoo slowly faded; eventually the little black dots lost their definition and she found people questioning the small piece of art, instead of complimenting it. “What is it?” and “What does it mean?” were phrases she heard almost daily, and tried to get used to. However annoying the beetle had become, it wasn’t until the day Julie was denied a job, at the age of 32, that she knew she had to do something about it.
“The manager and I were joking, and I felt like I was nailing the interview,” Julie remembers. “Of course, my hands were under the table the whole time. When the interview was over, I went to shake her hand and her eyes instantly went to the tattoo. I saw her eyes widen and I knew. I called to check in a few days later… and the position was filled,” she said.
But Julie had a friend who had been raving about the Fountain of Youth Skin Renewal Centre for years, as an avid supporter of its injectables and laser hair- removal services. When Julie found out about its tattoo removal services, it was a no-brainer – she give it a shot.
So how does it work? Fountain of Youth uses Cutera’s state-of-the-art Enlighten system – one of only three machines of its kind in the state of Michigan. Featuring dual-pulse durations and three unique laser wavelengths, Enlighten has emerged as the premier solution for laser tattoo removal because of its power to clear all ink colors from the skin, and in fewer treatments than other tattoo technologies.
Ink particle size; tattoo color; depth of ink particles; tattoo age; and location on the body are factors in the speed of clearance and number of treatments. But on average, results are attained in four to six treatments. In addition to tattoo removal, Enlighten can also remove unwanted pigmented lesions, and can address skin revitalization concerns.
To begin the treatment, a registered nurse administers Lidocaine and topical numbing to the tattooed area. Then, a Certified Laser Specialist administers the treatment. The Enlighten laser works by firing a beam of light through the skin in extremely short bursts. The light targets the ink, shattering it into dust-like particles. Once the particles are small enough, the white blood cells in the body absorb them and carry them to the liver to be expelled naturally through the lymphatic system.
Once the process was explained to Julie during her free consultation, she was sold. The Fountain of Youth even set her up with in-house financing, so her removal didn’t have to break the bank. After several treatments, Julie’s tattoo was gone forever, along with the judgment that had followed her through her younger years.
The Fountain of Youth gave Julie back her confidence, and there is a broad range of other services that can do the same for women of every type. “From injections to lasers to fat reduction, we can correct the issues that hinder you from realizing your natural beauty,” said Sue Alderson, R.N., owner of Fountain of Youth.
Additional services include body sculpting, spider-vein removal, waxing, skin tightening and much more. The Fountain of Youth also offers top-of-the-line medical-grade skin care products that will maintain progress and enhance results.
“I’m so happy with my results. The staff at Fountain of Youth made me feel very comfortable. The atmosphere was professional and relaxing at the same time. The team of registered nurses and estheticians were detail-oriented and very friendly,” said Julie.
Sue Alderson added, “At Fountain of Youth we make your beauty and confidence our priority. Whether you are looking to reduce the look of wrinkles, eliminate fat, or just looking to exfoliate your skin, we are here to help.”
For more information and to book your free consultation, call or visit.
Fountain of Youth Skin Renewal Centre
10112 Highland Rd.
Hartland, MI 48353
Hours of Operation:
Mon. & Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.