How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
Yellow and white are the most difficult colors to remove
Black is the easiest
- Why use lasers?
- How does it work?
- How many treatments will it take?
- Will it hurt?
- Can you walk me through my treatment?
- What laser is used?
- Are there other methods of tattoo removal?
SAFE, PERMANENT TATTOO REMOVAL
Search the net any given day and you will be inundated with tattoo removal claims! Today you can avoid costly mistakes, like creams that fade only the pigment in the top layer of skin or scarring with other methods. Recent technology advancements make laser tattoo removal the most reliable and safest method available. Comfort Laser uses the most advanced tattoo removal lasers on the market today, Hoya Conbio’s Medlite C6 and Revlite. Other lasers only pulse at 6 pulses per second but the Medlite C6 and Revlite pulse at 10 pulses per second. This means treatments are done almost twice as fast.
Our laser uses light energy. This light energy goes directly to the tattoo, passing safely through top skin layers. The tattoo absorbs the laser light, causing the ink in your tattoo to break apart. From there your body will naturally remove these particles. Your tattoo is now fading, on its way to real tattoo removal.
Most tattoos require 5 to 15 treatments.
Factors will be:
- Type of tattoo – an amateur tattoo, (one done at home,) or a professional tattoo
- Color of your tattoo
- Location of your tattoo
- The age of your tattoo (did you just get it last year or have you been wanting this off for the last 10 to 15 years?)
Many simple tattoos can be removed in 2-4 treatments. A more intricate professional tattoo will usually be a minimum of 6 to 12 sessions while an amateur tattoo might only take 5 to 10 treatments.
The black, pigments within your tattoo will be removed first. This is because black is a color that is absorbed by all types of laser wavelengths. Red, orange and warmer colors also respond to treatment quickly with some colors like teal blue taking the full amount of recommended treatments. A test area is always done to make sure each patient will receive the best results possible.
Tattoo location will also be a factor in removal. Blood flow to ankles and fingers make these areas the most difficult with more fleshy areas being the easiest.
An older tattoo is typically easier to remove than a newer one. Older tattoos tend to be a little closer to the surface of the skin making it easier for the laser to reach it.
Laser tattoo removal has been compared to a rubber band snapping on your skin. Patients will sometimes compare it to getting the tattoo! The big difference is in the time, each session of laser tattoo removal will be very quick, just seconds for each square inch of tattoo.
At Comfort Laser Clinics we want to make sure your visit is exactly that, comfortable! Before each treatment we will apply a topical numbing cream. We will also use a cooling system during each treatment directed at the treatment area.
Depending on your case you may or may not have a topical numbing cream applied before treatment begins. This takes about 30 minutes. Next, you will put on your protective eye wear to shield your eyes from the laser. Each treatment varies in length depending on the factors talked about above. You can expect 10 to 30, very quick pulses for a small section of tattoo. After your treatment we will apply antibacterial ointment and a protective gauze covering to keep your treated area clean and dry. That’s it! Each treatment will yield a different level of fading until you reach your final stage of tattoo removal
ComfortLaser uses the Medlite C6 lasers designed by HOYA ConBio which is regarded as the gold standard in laser tattoo removal. This Q-Switched laser type has revolutionized how we remove your tattoos.
There are other methods of tattoo removal, though most of them are generally ineffective at permanent removal and may result in a greater risk of scarring. Today laser therapy has replaced most other treatment options and most tattoo removal specialists utilize laser technology as the sole tattoo removal treatment option. Some of the other methods include dermabrasion, camouflage, and excision of the tattoo. These methods may result in more damage to the skin and excess scarring. These techniques are usually used when laser is not an option. There are also tattoo removing creams on the market which are not proven to work. They are thought to assist with sloughing off skin cells and thus the tattoo layer by layer, which usually takes a long time and still may not reach the depths of the tattoo ink.