Laser technology offers permanent tattoo removal at the speed of light, scientifically calibrated to the color of the pigments of the tattoo. Laser-assisted tattoo removal is a procedure approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Complete elimination of tattoos cannot be guaranteed.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
A tattoo is created by depositing various colored pigments under the skin, for decorative or cosmetic purposes. A tattoo may even be caused by an explosion or by a scrape or fall on asphalt, which causes bits of metal, dirt, or carbon to become lodged under the skin.
Many methods have been used in attempts to remove tattoos, including surgical excision, use of acids and bleaching agents, destruction by heat or cold, additional flesh-colored tattoos over the site, sanding or dermabrasion, as well as various older laser therapies.
Q-switched, pigment-specific lasers represent the newest state-of-art technology specifically designed for the removal of tattoos. The Alexandrite Laser is used for the treatment of multicolored tattoos, and the Ruby Laser is used to remove a black or blue tattoo.
Highly concentrated light is transmitted 1-5 millimeters into the skin. The light targets the pigment of the tattoo. The tattoo absorbs the light, where it is converted to heat, causing thermal damage to the tattoo pigment without harming the surrounding skin
Several factors, including the size, color, and site of the tattoo, determine the number of treatments necessary. Multicolored professional tattoos typically require eight or more laser treatments. Amateur or traumatic blue-black tattoos need as few as two to six treatments.