Laser Tattoo Removal
What is laser tattoo removal?
Tattoos are often chosen to represent lifestyles, opinions, or romantic interests. While these factors can change, the body art is meant to be permanent. If you are living with tattoo regret, you are not alone. Over 20 percent of all Americans have at least one tattoo, and one out of eight regret that decision, according to a revealing study by Harris Interactive. Laser removal is a safe, effective, comfortable alternative to treatments such as aggressive dermabrasion or bleaching creams.
How laser treatment works
At Dr. W Dermatology, we use a state-of-the-art Q-Switched Nd:YAG Med-Lite C-6 laser device for efficient tattoo removal. Our laser is always present in our office, so we can perform tattoo removal at any time. Intense laser energy is delivered safely in short pulses. The light passes through the skin, and acts on the pigment in the tattoo. The ink gradually breaks down and it is removed by the body. This technique minimizes the risk of scarring because the skin is not damaged.
We begin the process by thoroughly cleansing the area, to allow efficient light penetration. He will use a topical anesthetic or a coolant if needed to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. When you feel ready and the area is prepared, he gently applies the laser energy. The procedure is comfortable and most patients report feeling no more than a mild stinging. There may be mild bleeding or scabbing of the treated area.
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What tattoos can be removed
Thanks to advanced technology, virtually anyone with tattoo regret is a potential candidate for laser removal. The duration of treatment, and the number of sessions required will vary depending on the size, quality, and color of the art. Average professionally applied tattoos usually take five or six sessions, and amateur work takes less.
The color will have a significant impact on treatment:
- Black ink is the easiest to remove, because it will absorb all wavelengths.
- Blues and greens readily absorb 670-890nm light, and they usually respond to diode laser therapy very well.
- Reds, oranges, and purples absorb 500-700nm light easily, and they only respond marginally to diode laser therapy.
- Turquoise is unpredictable, as it depends on the specific pigment used.
- Yellow inks are reflective, and therefore do not typically respond to laser therapy well.