Laser Tattoo Removal

Many people have a different perspective on getting a tattoo done. Getting a tattoo is a common trend worldwide, and these tattoos serve as a symbol of trend, pledge of love, devotion (tradition, religion), and body decoration. But many people want to get rid of their tattoos for a variety of reasons. But before talking about tattoo removal methods, let’s understand the types of tattoos.

Tattoos can be categorized as:

  • Amateur tattoos: Composed of black ink, and they are not present in the deep skin layer.
  • Professional tattoos: Colored tattoos that contains green, red, blue, black, and other color ink. They are present in the deep skin layer and are not very easy to remove.

 

Tattoo Removal

The laser-assisted technique of tattoo removal works the best. In this method, the laser breaks the dark pigment present in the tattoo using a high-intensity beam of light of precise wavelength. A consultation with an expert dermatologist or laser specialist can help determine the success rate for laser tattoo removal. The success of laser tattoo removal depends upon the type of tattoo, color of tattoo, and the intensity of depth the tattoo ink is present in the skin.

In this method, the particular wavelengths of laser light pass through the skin, and it breaks up the tattoo ink that is present underneath the skin. The tattoo pigment is then removed from the body by the immune cells. Different wavelengths of lasers are used to break different colors of tattoo ink, and dark color like black tattoo ink is most easiest to remove, as they absorb all types of laser light wavelengths.

The laser is a safest and low-risk method that helps one to get a tattoo-free skin. It is a bloodless technique that can remove stronger, lager, colored, and complex tattoos by targeting an intense beam of light that break the tattoo ink pigment without leaving behind any scar on the body.

Benefits of Laser Tattoo Removal

  • Low risk as there is no surgery involved.
  • Highly effective results with minimal to no side-effects.
  • No scarring as a laser beam is used to remove tattoos.
  • The modern age laser help obtains good result by removing unwanted tattoos using non-surgical ways.
  • This method is clinically proven, and the laser beam is converted into heat energy, which helps to break the ink particles.
  • As the laser beam is targeted for a very small duration of time, the surrounding skin tissue remains unaffected.

An ideal candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal

  • Must be in a good state of health.
  • Non-smoker and non-alcoholic.
  • People who want to get rid of old and amateur tattoos.
  • Services like military, government jobs, air hostess, civil services don't allow tattoos.
  • People who want to change the style of the tattoo can undergo laser tattoo removal procedure.
  • Someone having superficial tattoos on their chest, arms, legs, and back are ideal candidates for laser tattoo removal.
  • Those who do not want to undergo surgical methods of tattoo removal like skin grafting and excision.

Note: The tattoo must be 4 to 6 weeks old before undergoing any tattoo removal treatment

Multiple sessions of laser tattoo removal may be performed to get the optimum result. The sessions of laser tattoo removal are determined according to the size of the tattoo, age of the tattoo, location of the tattoo, color present in the tattoo.

Who is not an ideal candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal?

  • People with very dark skin. As the application of lasers can increase the high risk of permanent pigment abnormalities in their skin. If the tattoo is present in the part of the body where body fat is low, then laser tattoo removal is not recommended.
  • Females who are in their pregnancy, breastfeeding, or nursing stage are not an ideal candidate for laser tattoo removal.
  • People who are suffering from cold sores are not ideal candidates for laser tattoo removal (they must first get this condition treated to opt for laser tattoo removal).

The Procedure of Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal can be performed using different types of lasers like Q-Switched Nd: YAG or Ruby laser. Protective eyewear is provided during the treatment, and the skin expert first tests the skin reaction towards the laser by doing a patch test. This helps to find out the intensity and appropriate laser energy to be used during the treatment. Then a high powered light beam targets the outer layer of skin and these layer passes the skin layer without causing any damage to the surrounding skin, and the laser light is absorbed through the tattoo ink or the pigment. The absorbed light is instantly converted into heat that raises the temperature and destroys the laser tattoo ink and pigment into small particles. These particles of tattoo ink or pigments are then removed off from the skin and cleared form the lymphatic system and white blood cells of the body.

Aftercare

  • Do not rub or scratch the affected area.
  • Keep the treated area clean and dry.
  • Do not wear tight clothing in the treated area.
  • Apply antibiotics to protect the area from infections.
  • Use a cool compress or ice pack for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Apply moisturizer or aloe-vera cream (as prescribed).
  • Patients should avoid strenuous activities for about 24 hours.
  • Apply sunscreen to protect the treated area from direct sunlight.
  • Avoid using harsh skincare products on the skin.
  • Proper care is essential to avoid any infection or scarring.

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