Laser tattoo removal was first designed by seeing which laser light frequencies would be absorbed by different colored tattoo pigments. Trials of laser on tattoos then showed that the beam broke the tattoo particles into smaller particles that could be carried away by cells of the body and were no longer visible on the skin surface.
In this case a ruby laser was used to lighten the tattoo. The right photo shows the appearance after just one treatment.
Laser tattoo removal can enhance your appearance and your self confidence. Realistic expectations are important to be happy with any surgery. As each patient is an individual, different results can be expected in each patient.
There are no good alternative to laser removal. Chemical peels, dermabrasion and excision routinely leave a larger scar load than laser removal. Covering up a tattoo with another only compounds the problem and makes it more difficult to remove by laser.
The main risks of laser removal are incomplete removal because the pigment does not absorb the beam or it is to deep to do so, scarring and depigmentation. Scarring is more likely if the settings on the machine are too high or in darker skinned individuals. Depigmentation can occur in darker skinned individuals as pigment cells are destroyed along with the tattoo. This is minimized by using lower settings and cooling the surface skin when treating darker skinned patients.
The benefit of removing an ex-girlfriend’s or boyfriend’s name in the presence of your current girlfriend or boyfriend is obvious.
There can be initial redness or spotty bleeding right after the treatment. It takes a few weeks for the body cells to carry away the pigment and see the results of a treatment. Typically 3 to 6 treatments are required to remove a tattoo but if the pigment was placed deep in the skin the laser may not reach it.
Dr. Aaron Stone
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