What is the Science Behind Laser Tattoo Removal?

Selective absorption of very high power peak laser light pulses applied to the tattooed area causes targeted ink particles to breakdown without damaging surrounding tissue. Thereafter, the body metabolizes these particles and carries them away from the skin.
Overall, treatments are quick and effective, causing only mild to moderate discomfort with minimal to no side effects. To make the procedure even more tolerable we use the Zimmer Chiller, which blows extreme cold air on the treatment sites. In addition, you can purchase Dr. Numb, a topical numbing cream that we carry. Although treatment sessions are scheduled 6 weeks apart, no rest or recuperation time is required after each visit. Treatments are spaced 6 weeks apart to allow your body time to absorb the ink particles from the previous treatment and to make sure the skin has healed completely.

The number of treatments depends on the type of tattoo, the colors and depth of the ink in the skin as well as the tattoo’s placement and the length of time since it was applied. Clients who intend to re-ink the area may only need 2-5 treatments. Complete removal of a professionally applied tattoo usually requires 6-15 treatments. Amateur tattoos usually need 3-10 treatments. Multicolored tattoos, especially those with lighter colored inks, may require more treatments. Certain pigments and inks are harder to erase than others, but the majority of colors can be removed, including black, blue, green, brown, red and even sky blue.

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