Laser Tattoo Removal is the process of using laser light to break up the ink in a tattoo so that your body will absorb it naturally over time. The laser is applied in small microbursts that penetrate the outer skin layers and target the tattoo ink itself. The ink is broken up into small particles which are naturally carried away and disposed of by your body. After several weeks you will see your tattoo fading away. Depending on the type of tattoo, your skin type, and other factors, several treatments may be necessary to fully remove the tattoo.
Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, making it the easiest to treat. Other colors can only be treated by selected lasers based upon the pigment color.
Depending on the size and color of your tattoo, the number of treatments will vary.
Smaller tattoos require fewer pulses while larger ones require more. In either case, the tattoo requires several treatments and multiple visits. At each treatment, the tattoo should become progressively lighter.
How is the tattoo removed?
Because tattoos range vastly in color, the laser technology designed to eradicate them range from a single wavelength of light to a broad spectrum of light. Certain colors of light are absorbed by specific colors of the tattoo ink.
The rapid absorption of energy causes the tattoo ink to destruct, while the body’s natural filtering system then removes it, causing the tattoo to fade over the weeks after treatment. This treatment is very similar to methods used for years to treat birthmarks.
Is the process painful?
If you were able to withstand the pain of getting the tattoo, then you’ll have no problem with the removal! The impact of the pulse of light is similar to the snap of a rubber band. Cold air may be used to minimize the discomfort for you as well.
What will my skin look like directly after treatment?
Right after the treatment, your skin may have a white discoloration and the area around the tattoo may be slightly swollen with some redness. This is normal and will slowly disappear after a few weeks. Patients will experience temporary redness, swelling, and/or a sunburn sensation.
Will the tattoo be completely removed?
In many cases, yes. However, ink used in tattooing is non regulated. Not knowing which ink, how deep, or how much was used make it impossible for us to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on the size, location, depth and color of your tattoo. Treatments should be spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart in order to allow your body to remove the ink pigment. For optimum results, several treatments will be needed.