How does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser tattoo removal works by producing short pulses of light. When used appropriately, the light will pass through the top layers of the skin safely until it reaches the tattoo ink. The light energy is then absorbed by the tattoo pigment, causing the tattoo ink to break into smaller particles. These smaller particles can then be removed by the body’s immune system.
Several visits are usually required to completely remove the ink. The tattoo will fade after each treatment until complete removal is achieved. Each tattoo is different so laser tattoo removal treatment length is usually dependent on a variety of factors like: size of the tattoo, color, location on the body, age of the tattoo, and quality of the ink used.
Independent research shows that laser tattoo removal is the safest and quickest treatment available. Creams, microdermabrasion and cyrotherapy are not as effective and have a higher likelihood of scarring.
Not all lasers are created equal.
Lasers for tattoo removal are highly specialized. A tattoo laser is designed specifically to penetrate deeply enough to attack the color particles of the ink, but not so deeply as to create permanent tissue damage or other residual reminders of the tattoo you are trying to remove. The type and quality of the laser determines the time needed for each treatment and how many treatments are needed to complete the process. The bottom line is that using a high-quality laser offers a more efficient and less-time consuming removal. Our affiliates only use the best quality lasers available today, including the gold-standard PicoSure picosecond laser from Cynosure, the RevLite(r) Q-switched Nd:YAG laser from Hoya ConBio, the Accolade(tm) high-powered Q-switched Alexandrite laser, and the award winning Spectra(tm) Q-switched Nd:YAG laser.
Color makes a difference.
The color used to create your tattoo also has an impact on how easy or difficult it will be to remove. A tattoo made with many different colors is usually more difficult to remove than a tattoo made with just one color. Some ink colors are more difficult to remove than others. Black, red, dark orange and dark blue tattoos are the easiest to remove. Green, purple, brown, light orange and light blue colors may require more visits. Yellow and green can be hard to remove with certain lasers. Our affiliates can tell you which laser technology will work best for the colors in your tattoo.
Researchers have determined which wavelengths of light to use and how to deliver the laser’s output to best remove tattoo ink. The laser selectively targets the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin.
I was skeptical at first because my tattoo can easily be hidden (it’s on my ankle). But the day my 5 year old daughter asked if she could have a “stamp like yours when I turn 8” was the deciding day. Now 5 treatments later, I can see significant disappearance and know I made the right choice. It only takes 20 seconds, yes I said ‘seconds’ for the entire treatment. So in less than 15 minutes I am in and out and on with my day. The nurses are extremely friendly and make me feel super comfortable. Thanks Blink and see you again next week!
— Claudia P.