While tattoos were once considered permanent, it is now possible to remove them with treatments, fully or partially. Pre-laser tattoo removal methods include dermabrasion, salabrasion (scrubbing the skin with salt), cryosurgery, and excision. Today, laser tattoo removal usually refers to the non-invasive removal of tattoo pigments using Q-switched lasers.
How do lasers work in Tattoo Removal?
Lasers emit energy that passes into the skin and is absorbed by a specific color ink in the tattoo, and breaks it down. This broken down ink is gradually removed by the body’s natural filtering systems thus mimicking the natural fading that time or sun exposure would create.
How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the tattoo?
Professional tattoos, on average, require eight to fifteen or more treatments, while amateur tattoos require four or more sessions due to the different composition of inks.
Treatments are spaced approximately six to eight weeks apart.
Do all colours of ink disappear equally well?
No, dark (blue/black) inks and red inks fade the best. Oranges and purples usually respond well. Green and yellow inks are a little difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.
Will the tattoo completely disappear?
Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it difficult for the physician to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.
What type of post-treatment care is necessary?
Occasionally there will be pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. An antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of any ointment given to you by your physician. While bathing, the treated area should not be scrubbed.