How does laser tattoo removal work?
The laser removes tattoo inks using the energy of light. Medlite removes inks by generating a variety of wavelengths of light that target different ink colors. Light passes into the skin but is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to break into tiny particles, which can then be removed by the body’s natural filtering systems.
What types of tattoos can be removed using this treatment?
The laser can remove professional, amateur (homemade), traumatic and surgical tattoos.
How long does the treatment take?
On the average, professional tattoos require 6-8 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 4-5 treatments, all spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used, and the depth of the ink in the skin.
Is laser tattoo removal painful?
Clients report a sensation from the light-pulsed energy that is similar to the snap of a small rubber band. The majority of patients do not require anesthesia, but clinicians may provide anesthesia creams if needed.
What are the typical results?
Following treatment, the tattoo’s appearance may fade more than 95 percent, often erasing it completely. Results vary depending on the type of ink used in the tattoo and the depth of its application. Providing this information to the clinician can improve treatment results.
How do different colors used in tattoos react to the treatment?
Dark (blue, black) and red inks react most favorably to laser treatment. Oranges and purples usually fade as well. Green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, and additional treatments are needed to produce significant fading.
Are there any side effects to this treatment?
The laser provides maximum tattoo removal while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. Occasionally, pinpoint bleeding may be associated with the treatment. Rarely, pigment color change in the skin may occur. Proper after care and the use of an SPF 30 sunscreen can minimize this risk.
What laser technology does Dermatology & Laser Center of Charleston use to perform this treatment?
The HOYA ConBio Medlite. This high-energy, pulsed laser technology removes tattoos with minimal risk of scarring and less discomfort than other laser treatments.