Tattoos always seem like a good idea when you get them, but when you change your mind, it isn’t so easy having them removed. Thankfully, laser tattoo removal is a non-invasive process that has been proven to effectively remove and fade away even the most complex tats.
So what are the best ways to improve laser tattoo removal? Here are our top 10 tips:
Read on to understand exactly how laser tattoo removal works and the ideal methods to speed up the process.
To understand the ideal ways to speed up the results of your laser treatment, it helps to understand exactly how the removal treatment works. Laser tattoo removal is the only process that has been scientifically-proven to effectively and thoroughly remove tats without damaging the skin, so what makes laser technology so unique?
During laser tattoo removal, doctors use a special type of laser known as Q-switched lasers. These lasers are specifically formulated to emit ultra-short light beams, much shorter than those used in a laser hair removal session. These ultra-short energy pulses are ideal for breaking down the ink in the skin: they last very briefly, no longer than a few nanoseconds.
Why is this important? Because the particles of ink are much smaller than skin cells. Ink particles are just a few nanometers in diameter, meaning very quick and short bursts of energy are required to heat them up and shatter them without damaging the skin. Skin cells are larger than ink particles, so more energy over a longer duration is required for real damage to occur. The Q-switch laser selectively leaves out the skin cells while destroying the particles.
During the laser removal session, the patient’s tattoo is treated with the beams of laser light. These beams are absorbed by the pigmentation of the ink, which is why skin can be treated without causing harm to the non-tattooed areas, as all the heat is absorbed into the tattoo.
After the ink is shattered, the body needs time to flush out the shattered particles from the area. This is why designs that are closer to your center can be eliminated faster than ink in the extremities, because there is greater blood flow and oxygen flow the closer it is to the body’s core.
Several treatments are required to remove a tattoo, anywhere from 5-10 laser tattoo removal sessions for a complete removal, spaced 5-6 weeks apart. The number of sessions and the long space between each session is required to perform the complete removal safely – you can only shatter a single layer of the tattoo at a time, meaning repeat sessions are required to shatter the deeper layers after the top layers have been flushed out by the body’s natural waste removal systems.
No two tattoos are the same, not just in the style and design, but also in how they might respond to tattoo removal treatments. Here are the most important initial factors that determine the speed at which lasers can help the fading of your tattoo:
There are many tips you can follow to improve your tattoo removal process, minimizing the overall time to fade away your tattoo. Here are our best tips:
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Dr. Soni did a great job in explaining the procedure and making sure all my questions and concerns were answered. I had my first session on the first day and I was very impressed with how fast everything went and I also saw a difference in the tattoo once it began to heal. Every time I went in for a session the staff was very nice and I never had to wait a long time. Totally loved this place!
Extremely impressed with the physicians, lovely and welcoming staff...and the results!!! I have been coming here for 4 years, and highly recommend this entire team. They are meticulous in their approach, and both warm and professional. If I could give them more than 5 stars, I would!
Wow. Very impressed with the quality of work they do. So far I’ve been coming here for over 4 months and they are just phenomenal. I love coming here. Thanks ethos for your assistance with my tattoo removal.