Laser Tattoo Removal
Over the course of a year, laser tattoo removal treatments increase 32%, reporting that it’s climbing the charts as a more in-demand treatment for removing unwanted tattoos. According to a patient survey, people are getting laser tattoo removal because of “the increased awareness of laser tattoo removal, economic pressure and the explosion in tattoo popularity.” Tattoo removal by laser is a very simple treatment that can be performed in under a lunch hour. Read on to discover how it works and more.
Laser tattoo removal works by using a cosmetic laser predetermined for your skin type. The cosmetic laser directs energy and heat toward the tattoo’s pigments within your skin. This energy is absorbed by the tattoo, which causes it to break up into microscopic, fractionalized pieces that are flushed out through the body’s lymphatic system. This causes the unwanted tattoo to fade over the course of weeks all the way up until your next treatment.
Types of Lasers
Different types of Q-switched lasers are used for laser tattoo removal because they are poorly absorbed by competing chromophores and have the ability to penetrate deeper into layers of the skin. The ones used in laser tattoo removal are typically the Nd:YAG, Ruby, and Alexandrite. The Ruby laser is better for removing black and blue ink as well as unwanted melanin pigment. The Nd:YAG laser is used on darker skin types in order to avoid epidermal melanin pigmentation and scarring. The Alexandrite laser can also remove black and blue but has been said to be better at removing green ink as well.
Pre and Post Treatment Care
Before receiving laser tattoo removal you must have clean skin that’s been out of the sun recently. Sunburned skin cannot go through the process of laser tattoo removal. After your treatment, avoid hot showers, saunas, or jacuzzis as well as the sun. Intense heat upon the treated area can damage your skin and reduce the effectivity of the laser tattoo removal treatment.
Types of Tattoos
There are many different types of tattoos that can be treated with tattoo removal. Blue and green hues are more difficult to remove than black ink. Also, older tattoos are more easily removed than newer tattoos. Light, olive, and dark skin tones can receive tattoo removal, but there are different laser types for certain skin tones in order to prevent scarring or injury.
National Laser Institute offers tattoo removal treatment with leading experts within their luxury medical spa setting. Laser technicians discuss your skin care concerns and goals before performing your treatment.