What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Once you get the permanent mark of the tattoo ink many times, it leads to regret later. After some time many people don’t feel the tattoo much more beautiful than before. But now with the availability of the Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment, you no longer have to worry about the thing you regret. In the treatment, the tattoos get removed by the breaking of the pigment colors with the help of light beam of high intensity. In the case of the black colored pigment, it can absorb the entire wavelengths hence it becomes easier to treat the black tattoo. And specific lasers is there to remove the other pigment color of the tattoo.
Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment
With the advanced treatment using the laser for tattoo removal, the tattoos get eliminated, and neither scar is left, nor there are unpigmented areas of the skin after the treatment. The laser treatment works by the high energy light breaking up the ink of tattoo into small particles which will then get absorbed by the skin. During the treatment, the patient might feel slight discomfort, and with the local anesthetic, the pain gets eliminated. As for the side effect of laser treatment, there are minor side effects like your skin might get tender and red. But then, these side effects diminishes after three or seven days.
Laser Tattoo Removal Candidacy
Everyone who feels like getting rid of their tattoos is appropriate candidates for the removal of tattoos. The result of the treatment should look realistic like there was nothing there before. The skin complexion, depth, and darkness of the ink, and the health of the person are some factors which should be kept in check before the treatment takes place.
The suitable candidates for the laser treatment include the individuals who don’t have the hyperpigmentation problem which means the brown spots accumulation or the uneven distribution of skin tone. The people who don’t have the hypopigmentation (skin color loss), or the keloid scarring (the tissue overgrowth after the previous skin wound heals) are good candidates as well. And the care is also taken that the treatment does not happen if the skin area is not healthy.
For the tattoo removal procedure, the fair to light skin tone is very easy to perform on as the laser emission gets attracted to the dark ink on the lighter skin. And it does not implies that the darker skin tone cannot get this treatment. The light skin complexion is optimal for the laser treatment.
How It Works ?
The laser injects surface of the skin with a light of high intensity penetrating the skin so that the ink particles will break and the fading of the tattoo will take place. And over the time the immune system of the body will remove the tattoo ink. Except for the pigmented area of skin, the laser energy does not affect the skin of a person. The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is another tattoo removal treatment which uses the light bursts opposite to the laser treatment which uses the concentrated light for breaking the pigment.
Three types of Q-switched are available for the laser treatment, and these are alexandrite, Nd: YAG, and Ruby lasers. In the Q-switching process, there is the production of short pulses of laser quickly (in nanoseconds). Q-switching is a high-quality technique which developed, even more, in few of the past decades which leaves little scarring. Q-switched lasers are most efficient for removing the dark blue and black pigments, for the dark pigments and yellow, red, and orange pigments the Nd: YAG is useful. Alexandrite is best for removing the dark colored pigments, green, and bright color pigments. Your technician will choose the laser which will be the most suitable in your case.
Why take a Tattoo Removal Session?
One has to undergo the laser tattoo removal treatment many times for breaking down the tattoo. One cannot predetermine the number of sessions that they need to remove the tattoo completely. There is three weeks gap between the treatment sessions so that the body will remove the pigment. The intervals between these sessions are necessary since quickly doing the removal treatment will risk side effects including open wounds and skin irritation. Moreover, the intervals needed for a person can vary depending on the person, and sometimes a person gets a recommendation of 8 weeks intervals.
How Many Tattoo Removal Sessions Are Needed?
One of the most commonly asked questions is how many sessions does a person needs to remove their tattoo. And it is quite difficult to answer before carefully examining the tattoo of the individual. The technicians give you six to ten treatments on an average, but you might need more than that many numbers of the procedures. The number of the tattoo removal sessions depend on the scope and the size of the affected area. No matter how much qualified a person is, they are incapable to accurately tell how many of the sessions you will require getting rid of your tattoo. The reason being that all the people have different skins as well as immune system.
Some of the key factors on which the number of sessions depends are as follows.
Type of ink
the tattoo is new or old
location of the tattoo
The average period of 9 to 18 months is what a person might need for removing their tattoo completely. Sometimes the treatment for tattoo removal takes less time and sometimes not much time is required. Regardless of the time, you will get tattoo free skin again with the laser treatment.
Here is a list on some of the side effects of the laser tattoo removal treatment.
Frosting – The individual’s skin turns to frosty white color during the procedure takes place. The laser penetration results in the release of carbon dioxide which causes the frosting.
Blistering – The laser which falls on the skin of the person heats up the ink particles on the skin. It leads to breaking the small blood vessels around the tattoo. And the blisters which contain the ink and water forms on the skin. It ‘s okay to have blisters, and it indicates the beginning of healing process.
Scabbing – After 8-72 hours of the treatment, the scabs start to form due to a collection of the fragmented ink pigments on the skin. The scabs fall off with the layer of skin on top. Scarring can happen if you try to peel or pick the scabs. It disappears on its own within few weeks.
Swelling – The human body reacts to the heat of the laser by swelling up the affected area. And the swelling goes down after some time as the immune system of the body realizes that there is no harm due to the laser treatment.
Alternative Tattoo Removal Treatments
There are many treatment options available besides the laser tattoo removal procedure which includes the following.
Dermabrasion– It includes the sloughing away of the top layer of the skin for removing the tattoo. It leads to the development of new skin. For this treatment material needed are sand paper, caustic salts or acids or a high speed rotating brush. Application of local anesthetic takes place before the treatment. It is not a good choice for removing a tattoo on the face, older tattoos, tattoos injected on subcutaneous fat.
Intense pulse light therapy– It is somewhat similar to the laser treatment. This treatment also makes use of light to break down the pigment. This treatment is less painful and efficient than the laser treatment, but it is more costly than the laser treatment.
Surgical Excision– In this method, the tattooed skin is cut away using an scalpel to remove the tattoo. After the removal suturing of the wound takes place. A surgeon only performs this treatment, and it is best for small tattoos only. It is an old method of removing the tattoo. The good thing about the treatment is it does the work very quickly. And the bad news is the high chances of scarring.
Home treatment methods– This approach include the lotions and cream which are helpful in making the tattoo to be less visible. The treatment helps in fading of the tattoo and not the complete elimination. People turn to use these methods when they don’t have the option to use the laser treatment.