Cy-Fair business Inkfree, MD changes lives with top-tier laser technology

From left: Jaqueline Calderon, Dr. Adaeze Okeke, Jonathan Sewell and Donna Deal run the day-to-day operations of Inkfree, MD.

From left: Jaqueline Calderon, Dr. Adaeze Okeke, Jonathan Sewell and Donna Deal run the day-to-day operations of Inkfree, MD.

Image description
Inkfree, MD

Clients at Inkfree, MD come from all walks of life.


Some want to get into the Marine Corps and need to have a tattoo removed; some are former gang members who are trying to turn their lives around and find stable employment; and others dealing with skin problems are sick of trying creams that do not work.


“What we do is really life-changing for some people,” said Jonathan Sewell, one of Inkfree’s owners and practice director.


The business was founded in 2012 by Dr. Adaeze Okeke—a family medicine doctor with a degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and more than 15 years of experience in medicine—along with her sister and father. Most clients come to Inkfree for laser tattoo removal, but other services include acne removal, body hair removal and body-sculpting, all of which use laser technology.


Sewell, Okeke’s husband, joined in 2015, and the clinic is also staffed by two certified laser technicians.


Inkfree on June 5 obtained what Sewell said is the latest in laser technology—a picosecond laser called the PicoPlus. The picosecond laser complements the shop’s nanosecond laser but performs tattoo removals faster and with less pain, Sewell said.


“A nanosecond laser fires its energy in a billionth of a second, and a picosecond [laser] fires in a trillionth of a second, so it’s infinitely more powerful,” he said. “We are the only clinic in Texas to have [the PicoPlus].”


Inkfree also offers treatment for melasma, a skin disorder often referred to as “the mask of pregnancy” that causes brown patches to appear on the face. The melasma treatment involves using a laser to break up pigment in the skin and using skin care products afterward to keep the pigmentation at bay, Sewell said.


“By the time customers come to us, a lot of them are in tears,” Sewell said of clients with melasma. “They’ve tried everything and spent all this money trying to deal with it.”


Okeke said she thinks her expertise as a physician is one of the things that sets her business apart from med spas and dermatology offices that offer similar services. The investment Inkfree has made in its facility and laser technology also helps it stand out, and having people on staff who know how to use the lasers is crucial, she said.


“Lasers are incredibly powerful, but in the right hands lasers are very safe,” she said.






11242 FM 1960, Ste. 107, Houston
832-478-5669
www.inkfreemd.com
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.,Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun.

By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


MOST RECENT

The “Click It or Ticket” enforcement period across Texas roads will start on May 24. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
TxDOT will launch annual ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign Monday, May 24

The campaign comes after a 2020 that saw a 16% increase in deaths of unbuckled motorists.

Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Public schools can't require students, staff to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Abbott says

"Texans, not government, should decide their best health practices, which is why masks will not be mandated by public school districts or government entities," Gov. Greg Abbott said.

COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to rise in Cy-Fair. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
35,500 COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed to Cy-Fair residents in last week

As of May 17, more than 523,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed to individuals across the 10 ZIP codes within Cy-Fair ISD’s boundaries.

George Strait will perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's 90th anniversary celebration next year. (Courtesy Pexels)
George Strait to close 2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with concert March 20

Tickets for George Strait's rodeo performance will go on sale June 24.

Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces end-date for Texans to receive federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits

Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.

Model homes in Prairieland Village will open in early 2022. (Rendering courtesy Howard Hughes Corp.)
Prairieland Village homebuilders announced in Bridgeland in Cy-Fair

The Howard Hughes Corp. has announced the first lineup of homebuilders for Prairieland Village, the newest phase of master-planned community Bridgeland.

Photo of an H-E-B store
H-E-B makes curbside services free

Previously, curbside shoppers were charged a $4.95 fee on all orders, but moving forward that fee will be waived on purchases of $35 or more. Orders worth less than $35 will have a $2.95 "small basket surcharge" attached.

Each of the new locations will be available to the public to distribute and receive voter registration forms and applications to vote my mail as well as assisting with other election-related services. (Courtesy Unsplash)
Harris County elections administrator announces 8 new branch office locations

Registering to vote will soon be more convenient for Harris County residents with the opening of eight new branch office locations announced by the Harris County Elections Administrator's Office in a news release May 17.

Glo Parlor will offer all-natural teeth-whitening services and products. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cypress dental hygienist to open teeth-whitening studio

Glo Parlor will offer all-natural teeth-whitening services and products.