It typically takes a client between 4-8 separate treatments to completely remove tattoo ink from the skin. However, a recent report has shown that laser tattoo removal may be able to remove unwanted ink faster than before. One study has used a Q-switched YAG laser on the tattoo four times a day in twenty minute intervals. Another report has used a combination of a fractional laser–typically used for removing wrinkles–with laser tattoo removal equipment for ideal results. This study has shown as much as 50% removal of ink in one session. A third study reports two treatments of laser tattoo removal in one day using different laser wavelengths.
If these treatments become regulated and safe to use on client’s unwanted tattoos, laser tattoo removal may be able to remove tattoos in as much as half of the time it does now. Laser tattoo removal treatments are already a revolutionary process when it comes to removing tattoos. Unlike creams, laser tattoo removal works by emitting cosmetic laser energy onto the skin and into the tattoo’s pigment. This energy is able to break up the ink into microscopic fractions, which then is flushed out through the body’s lymphatic system.
Laser tattoo removal treatments can be performed almost anywhere on the skin. The entire treatment process can be completed in under 10 minutes, depending on the size of your tattoo.
“The biggest drawbacks to laser tattoo removal are the time, expense, pain, and healing involved,” said Dr. Kauvar. “The newest techniques being investigated are designed to reduce the number of treatment sessions required to remove a tattoo, which should make the process more appealing.”
National Laser Institute offers laser tattoo removal treatments performed by expert laser technicians and medical professionals within a luxury medical spa setting. They have been in the medical aesthetics industry for a decade and have earned many outstanding reviews. If you’re considering laser tattoo removal and would like to learn more, call 480.290.7366.