Decorative tattoos have had a history dating back at least 5000 years. The desire to remove them has probably existed just as long. Early attempts to remove tattoos have had less than desirable results. New technology with lasers has permitted the removal of most tattoo inks with a very low risk of scarring. The Q-switch, Frequency Double Nd: YAG laser can significantly lighten or remove many tattoo inks and is particularly advanced in the removal of blue, black and red inks.
The laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light. Just as natural sunlight is made up of light wavelengths of many colors. A laser is a device which is designed to produce one or more specific wavelengths of light. These wavelengths are absorbed, reflected or simply passed through objects. Tattoo ink is removed by using a specific wavelength, which passes through the skin but is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to destruct, where it is removed by the body’s natural filtering systems.
Is The Process Painful?
The laser emits light in very short flashes called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. The large majority of patients do not require anesthesia.
How Many Treatments Will it Take?
On the average, professional tattoos require 5-6 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 3-4. Treatments are spaced one month apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin. Rarely more than ten treatments may be needed.
Do All Colors Of Ink Fade Equally As Well?
Dark inks and red inks fade the best. Oranges and purples respond well. Greens and yellows are the most difficult inks to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.
Will The Tattoo Disappear?
In many cases, yes. Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are used worldwide today. None of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used makes it impossible for the skin care specialist to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.
What Type Of Post Treatment Care Is Necessary?
Usually there will be pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. An anti-bacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of ointment suggested by your skin care specialist. A shower can be taken the next day although; the treated area should not be scrubbed.
Consultations are needed prior to any treatment. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about your specific tattoo removal needs.
Please be aware we do not address tattoos on the facial area.