Laser tattoo removal is just that; the practitioner uses a laser to remove the tattoo. The laser emits a powerful light beam that breaks up the tattoo’s pigments. Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths and is, therefore, the easiest to remove.
Other colors, however, respond only to specific wavelengths. Somebody trying to remove a tattoo with green pigment, for example, would have to use a laser that emitted the right wavelength.
What does laser tattoo removal involve?
Each tattoo is different, and the dermatologist will have to consider such matters as the size, location and age of the tattoo. They will also need to consider the types of pigments used and whether the tattoo was done by an amateur or a professional.
The patient’s skin color and the depth of the pigment will also affect the chosen removal technique.
During the consultation, the practitioner will examine the tattoo and estimate how many sessions will be needed to remove it.
During a removal session, the practitioner may give the patient protective eyewear.
The practitioner will then place a handpiece against the patient’s skin and turn it on. Many patients describe the laser pulses as feeling like rubber bands snapping against the skin.
After the treatment, the practitioner may provide any post-treatment instructions. The tattoo will become lighter after each session.
Are there side effects?
Laser tattoo removal is safe, but it can cause some side effects. The more common include hypopigmentation (in which the treated skin becomes paler than the surrounding area) and hyperpigmentation (in which the treated skin becomes darker). The tattoo may prove to be impossible to remove completely.
Who is a good candidate for laser tattoo removal?
The ideal candidate for laser tattoo removal is a healthy person with fair skin and a dark tattoo. The ideal candidate will also be a non-smoker with good health habits.
Persons with darker skin may be more vulnerable to hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation and may need more time between treatment sessions to allow the skin’s pigment cells to regenerate.
Light pigments like pink or yellow can be difficult to work with since they reflect much of the laser’s energy. The right combination of laser wavelengths can remove such colors, but it will probably take several sessions to do so. Very dense tattoos may also require multiple sessions.
If you have a tattoo you wish to eliminate, laser tattoo removal may be a suitable option. Contact Elan Med Spa today to schedule an appointment.