Laser treatment can permanently remove tattoo ink from different body parts. Skin tone, tattoo color and size of the tattoo are important factors determining success of laser tattoo removal treatment results. Laser beam targets the tattooed area with laser pulses of particular wave lengths. Different colors of ink absorb light at different wavelengths.
Laser beam targets tattoo in the form of high intensity short pulses. Laser light breaks the ink into small fragments that is absorbed by the natural immune system. Dark colored tattoos are easier to remove than light colored tattoos because dark colors absorb all laser wavelengths. There are specific lasers that remove light ink while some lasers are suitable to remove dark colored tattoos.
There are various types of lasers for removal of tattoo. Selection of laser depends on ink and skin color of the patient. Q-Switched lasers use short high energy pulses to effectively remove unwanted ink. It helps in complete removal of ink pigments from the body.
- Q switched Ruby is effective for removal of sky-blue and green tattoos. This laser is suitable for lighter skin tone.
- Q-switched Alexander is used for removal of blue-black and green tattoos.
- Q Switched Nd Yag laser is suitable for removing red, black and blue ink. This laser is suitable for people of darker skin tone as it does not absorb melanin from the skin.
New Tattoos Verses Old Tattoos:
New tattoos are harder to remove than old ones as old tattoos get fade with time and body absorbs some of the ink. Red, white and flesh colored tattoos are also difficult to remove. 10 to 30 pulses are required in one treatment to get successful results.
Laser Short Pulses to Break Tattoo Ink:
Laser beams are short pulses of intense light that passes harmlessly through the tattoo ink to break it into pieces without affecting the surrounding skin. After few days, tattoo becomes disappear.
Tattoo Removal Success Depends On Treatment Area:
Tattoos removal treatment success also depends on the treatment area of the body. Tattoo on the back and upper arm are easier to remove than on ankles and elbows. Patients need to get several treatments for complete removal of tattoo.
Laser tattoo removal treatment consists of few sessions. The number of treatment sessions depends on size, location, depth and color of the tattoo. Each treatment session consists of 30 minutes. Gap between each session should be 6 to 8 weeks.
After Treatment Effects:
After each laser treatment, skin becomes red and feels like a stinging sensation. It also results in some bruising. The feeling of stinging sensation usually goes away after few hours of the treatment. Patients get good results after few days of the treatment.
Aesthetic doctors examine patients’ skin and choose the most suitable laser depending on tattoo color, skin sensitivity and skin color. If you follow doctors’ recommendations, you can get safe and effective results.