Over the last fifteen years, the popularity of tattoos has increased dramatically and millions of people have at least one tattoo or more but later on most of them want to get rid of them. According to the estimates, almost 50% of people who get tattoos want to remove them later. Therefore, laser tattoo removal has become one of the most popular laser treatments today.
Procedure of laser tattoo removal:
With the advancements in laser technology, tattoos can be removed permanently and effectively without leaving any scar. A concentrated pulse of laser light is passed through the skin above the tattoo that breaks down the pigments into small parts. As the tattoo ink breaks down into smaller particles, the body’s natural system removes the ink.
Factors Affecting Tattoo Removal:
There are various types of inks available for tattoo making and each ink has different absorbing capacity of laser light. Therefore, types of lasers for tattoo removal also vary with the type of ink being used in making it. Below are some factors that affect tattoo removal:
- Black and blue colors can absorb energy from all wavelengths that is why tattoos in black and blue colors are easier to remove.
- Green and yellow colored tattoos are difficult to remove.
- The amount of ink used and age of tattoo are also the important factors that affect tattoo removal.
- Professional tattoos are difficult to remove than general tattoos because the professionals use better quality ink and tattoo equipment to minimize fading of the tattoo.
Q-Switched Laser for Tattoo Removal:
Q switched laser are commonly used for tattoo removal as it emits very rapid pulsed high energy beams. Q-switched Nd YAG laser is the newest and the most effective for removing red, black and blue pigments. Some other types of lasers are also used for tattoo removal. Aesthetic doctors use various lasers depending on the type of ink used for the tattoo.
Q-switched lasers are safe & effective for removing tattoos. Professional tattoos are difficult to remove and Q-switched laser can treat them easily. This laser can remove blue and black color inks easily. While Q-switched laser with increased frequency can remove red, green and orange colored tattoos.
Number of Treatment sessions:
Laser tattoo removal consists of several sessions depending on the type of ink used, depth of the ink injected and location of the tattoo.
Treatment consists of several sessions and each session take few minutes. Aesthetic doctors usually give the gap of 3 weeks between two consecutive sessions to allow the body’s immune system to remove the broken pigment easily.
Laser tattoo removal treatment is a safe way to get desired results. It can successfully treat the targeted area without affecting the surrounding skin. You can expect some redness, swelling, bruising in the treated areas. After laser tattoo removal treatment, avoid heat and sun exposure to the treated area to get positive results as heat can worsen the treated area. Follow the instructions of your aesthetic doctor for safe and effective results.