Laser Tattoo Removal
Almost one-third of the adult population in the United States sports at least one tattoo. However, not everyone is happy with his or her body art. Laser tattoo removal makes it possible to eradicate these unpleasant reminders of bad decisions that seemed so reasonable at the time.
The high-intensity light beams of lasers eliminate skin art by dissolving ink pigment. It seems that black ink would be the hardest to eradicate, but laser tattoo removal actual works best on that color. That’s because black ink absorbs all wavelengths of laser light.
To get rid of tattoos that have other colors, it takes specially selected lasers to target the specific pigment colors. The amount of treatments required depends on the size, color and age of the tattoo. Other factors that affect the laser removal process include individual skin color and depth of tattoo pigment.
The technician will provide patients with protective eye gear to wear during the procedure. Since everyone’s skin is different, he will test the laser first to evaluate the most effective setting. During the tattoo removal process, the laser sends intensive light pulsating through the skin’s top layers. Only tattoo pigment will absorb this light.
Larger designs require more pulses than smaller ones for removal. Regardless of the size of a tattoo, it will take more than one treatment to get rid of it. After each session, the tattoo should gradually lighten. While the procedure is uncomfortable, most patients don’t require anesthesia. If the tattoo is in a sensitive area, apply topical numbing cream beforehand.