Tattoos

A tattoo is a form of body modification made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. Professional tattoos are designed to be permanent but with lasers tattoos can be removed with a low risk of scaring.

Removal

Lasers remove tattoo ink with the energy of light which passes into the skin and is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to break into tiny particles which can then be removed by the body’s natural filtering systems.

Lasers emit light in very short pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light feels like the snap of a small rubber band on the skin. The majority of patients do not require anesthesia.

Lasers can remove professional, amateur (homemade), traumatic, and surgical tattoos. On the average, professional tattoos require 8 - 10 treatments while amateur tattoos require 3 - 4 treatments, all spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used, and the depth of the ink in the skin. Lasers remove tattoos of all colors, though green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove and may require additional treatments to produce significant fading.

Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished with lasers. However, it is important to know that there are many types of tattoo inks in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink was used, or how deeply it was applied, makes it impossible for the physician to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.

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