Tattoo Laser Removal
Since the past tattoo removal techniques are different and are performed with various tools since the era of tattooing. At least 15 -20 years back tattoo removal was considered as permanent but with the advancement of technology it has changed the definition of tattooing. When the laser removal treatment was not found, certain common techniques such as Trichloroacetic acid which removes the top layers of skin, excision, salabrassion, cryosurgery etc. Application of lime, garlic, wine is early forms of tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal means removing tattoo pigments using switched-Q lasers. Dark colored and black ink can be removed permanently by laser removal method.
Harris Interactive conducted a poll in 2012 reported that (15%) of (22%) of adults of America who have tattoo regretted getting one. Another poll was conducted 4 years before this poll and reported common reasons such as “I am marked for life” and ” it’s permanent ” and “I don’t like it”. Another poll conducted showed that 0% of Britons with tattoos suffered regret, as, did 12% Italians with tattoos. Immoderate motives include tattooing wife’s name, ex-husband name etc. Denise Richards, Eva Longoria, Marc Anthony, Angelina Jolie are some celebrities and that this kind of tattoo removals.
Tattoo removal is usually performed with lasers which breaks down the ink particles of the tattoo. Tattoo laser provides sufficient amount of energy within the absorption spectra of ink pigment for an effective treatment. Tattoo pigments like red and neon colored inks are difficult to remove than the darker ones because their absorption spectrum falls outside of the emission spectrum of laser tattoo removal. Colored yellow inks usually contain titanium dioxide which is highly reflective. Therefore, these types of colored inks are very difficult o remove than darker ones because they reflect a certain amount of incident energy light out of the skin.
Removal by Placement
Some people want to cover an unwanted tattoo with a new one. Commonly called as cover-up tattoo. Artfully done cover-up make the old-tattoo invisible but it usually depends upon the skills of the tattoo artist and tattoo designs, colors, size, style of old tattoo.
Sometimes a tattoo is very dark to cover up and in that conditions, a person has to receive laser tattoo removal to lighten the existing old ink to make it better for a cover-up.
Number of Laser Tattoo Removal Sessions Needed
Tatto removal requires a number of treatment sessions at least seven weeks apart. Treating less than seven-week time may cause adverse effects on person body. During each tattoo removal session, not all pigment particles are fragmented. Our body removes these fragments in a small amount with the passage of time. As a result, tattoo lightens over the time. Tatto removal sessions usually depend on the different parameters such as body shape, skin type, kin color and performance of persons immune system. Patients have to wait, months between the treatment to minimize unwanted side effects and facilitate ink resolution. Some factors under patients control are stress, sleep, fluid and, exercise, treatments. Some type of colors is difficult to remove than others.
Factors Contributing Success of Laser Tattoo Removal
There are many factors contributing the success of laser tattoo removal and how many treatments patient will need. It usually depends on the location of tattoo in the body, ink density, age of tattoo and, especially its color. If it is red or somewhat like the fluorescent light color it is difficult to remove.
Patients immune response is the major recognized factor for tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal treatment causes inflammation and patients immune system responds to that removal of ink. Thus, the inflection in results is excessive.
Complications and Side Effects
Patients who go for tattoo removal feels some short duration changes in skin pigmentation. These types of changes resolved in 5 to 12 months period and rarely be permanent. Darker skin tones generally possess more common hypopigmentation. It is likely to occur with more frequent treatments and higher ascendancy. Hypopigmentation is an exhibit by the lighter skin after a number of treatments. If more time is allowed between the treatment it reduces the chance of hypopigmentation. Short-duration changes are rarely noted and resolve within few months of time.
However permanent changes rarely occur. If they occur in patients body longer treatment is needed. Some allergic reactions are also noticed after Q-switched treatment by the laser is possible. when a different number of pigments like titanium dioxide, iron oxide changes color hen comes in contact with Q-switched laser energy.
Risks of laser tattoo removal include unwanted side-effects like fading, (white spots) discoloration of skin called hypopigmented. Hyperpigmented (black spots) sometimes these changes are not permanent. Tattoo pigments break down into toxic chemicals in a body when exposed to light because they contain metals. Inflammation in the skin may occur for every short-period.
Most frequent questions and answers
1. How does laser tattoo removal work?
During laser tattoo removal treatment the laser sends light energy to different colors of ink pigment when the light energy is directed to the skin. It selectively absorbed some tattoo ink particles. Ink particles absorb the energy and convert it into tiny fragments. When it is broken into small fragments patients immune system flushes the ink from the tattooed area.
2. Are there some side-effects?
Hyperpigmentation in the skin.
Hypopigmentation in the skin.
Swelling in removal area.
3. Will it leave a scar?
Many patients want their skin will look normal or natural after laser removal treatment. If tattoo features scarring, it will remain.
4. Does tattoo removal hurt?
Laser tattoo removal involves some level of pain. some people say it hurts less than they expected. Laser tattoo removal is uncomfortable but bearable than getting a tattoo.
5. How long does it take to remove my tattoo?
At least six-seven months.
6. How much laser tattoo removal cost?
Pricing factor usually depends on the tattoo size position and treatment period. Laser tattoo removal costs ten times more than getting a tattoo. Price for laser treatment session is somewhat between 75$ – 125$ range.