Lasers remove the tattoo ink with the energy of light. A laser is a device which is designed to produce one or more specific wavelengths of light. Tattoo ink is removed by using this specific wavelength of light which passes through 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. Tattoo specific lasers provide maximum tattoo removal while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. At The Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center the Q-Switched Ruby laser (Sinon) and the PiQo4™ system, are the lasers of choice for successful non scarring tattoo removal.
Decorative tattoos have a history dating back at least 5000 years. The desire to remove them has probably existed for just as long. Early attempts to remove tattoos have had less than desirable results. The use of dermabrasion, salabrasion, surgery and older Argon or CO2 lasers have left behind scars in place of the tattoo. Our office utilizes 5 different nanosecond wavelengths of laser to address pigment removal in unwanted tattoos. Additionally, CVLC now has the most cutting edge technology in our newest laser – the PiQo4™. This is the first picosecond laser with FOUR wavelengths (specifically, the 1064nm, 532nm, 650nm, and 585nm) to receive FDA clearance. The PiQo4™ system is capable of treating more tattoo inks than any other picosecond laser and yields results with 40% fewer treatments. The system treats all tattoo colors, traumatic tattoos, and amateur tattoos, pigmented lesions such as nevi, lentigines, café-au-lait birthmarks, melasma, and seborrheic keratosis. These comprehensive treatment options are unparalleled and offer the best outcomes in laser tattoo removal.
What types of tattoos can be removed?
Tattoo specific lasers can remove professional, amateur (homemade), traumatic and surgical tattoos.
How many treatments will it take to remove a tattoo?
On the average, professional tattoos require 8-12 treatments while amateur tattoos require 2-6 treatments. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used as well as the depth of the ink in the skin. Treatments are spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart.
Does the laser remove colored tattoos?
Black and red inks will resolve the best. Oranges and purples usually fade as well. Other color inks are the most difficult to remove and additional treatments are needed to produce significant fading.
Will the tattoo completely disappear?
In many cases, greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is important to know that there are many different types of tattoo inks in use throughout the world today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink was used, or how deeply it was applied, makes it impossible for us to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.