Laser Tattoo Removal

Not Even Tattoos Are Forever!

A tattoo decided upon impulsively may become a source of embarrassment later on and tattoo removal may be desired.

Laser treatment can break up tattoo pigments so that it can be more easily removed through the body’s natural filtering system.

The procedure is easy to administer and dramatic results can be achieved after a series of sessions.

How Tattoo Removal Works

Tattoo removal lasers produce specific wavelengths of light that have been proven to be absorbed by certain colors of tattoo ink while avoiding damage to surrounding skin tissue and chromophores /such as melanin and hemoglobin/.  When the laser energy is applied for the right length of time, at the right level of energy, and in the proper wavelength, the tattoo ink is the selectively targeted.

Each wavelengths corresponds to a certain range of tattoo ink colors, which why different types of tattoo removal lasers are available.   The most popular wavelength used for tattoo removal are 1064nm and 532nm, which can both be achieved with a Q-switched Nd YAG laser.

Lasers remove tattoos by emitting short pulses of intense light that are selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. The tattoo is dissolved into smaller ink particles that are harmlessly removed by the body’s immune system in the week following treatment.

During the procedure you may feel a snapping sensation as the laser light is directed over the tattoo area.

On average the treatment may take from 15 to 30 minutes and multiple treatments are often needed to achieve the desired results. Depending on the tattoo location, the skin takes four to six weeks to heal. Once the skin has fully healed, you can then undergo another treatment.

Before and after any treatment session it is important to avoid sun exposure, tanning booths and self tanners.

The black-colored ink responds faster than the bright-colored inks but it is important to realize that the skin where the tattoo is removed from will never look exactly as it did before you had the tattoo placed.

At Svetlana’s Skin Secrets we use the short wave nanosecond Q-Switch laser for unwanted tattoos.