Laser tattoo removal was first done with different devices used by dentists years ago. While tattoos were once thought to be permanent, nowadays you can remove them either partially or completely with laser treatments. Before laser treatment for tattoo removal, the most popular method of removing tattoos was soaking in a pool of water for several hours.
This treatment involved the use of various chemicals and sometimes even stitching. As time went on and technology advanced, the old ways of removing tattoos have been replaced by modern methods.
In laser tattoo removal, treatments are carried out on an area where there is a marked skin texture. This may be caused by a large tattoo or just a few small designs. The treatment works by using an intense pulsed light beam, which is targeted on the unwanted areas. When this beam comes into contact with the treated area, the light breaks down the pigment and destroys the pattern or design.
The ink particles are then broken down by the high intensity light beam. It results in destruction of these ink particles so they do not grow back again. There are several advantages of using this laser tattoo removal process. For one, it leaves no scars behind laser tattoo removal. Since it eliminates the ink from your body, the possibility of infection is eliminated. Some patients have complained of having infections but they have been treated and found out that it was due to the lack of cleaning after their tattoos had been treated.
Lasers may be able to eliminate ink stains, which may take days or weeks to fade. If it takes more than a few days, the tattoo removed with lasers may show signs of re-growth. A well-experienced cosmetic dermatologist should be consulted to determine the appropriate treatment for the tattoo. Since some laser tattoo removal treatments take time to take effect, patients may need to return for several follow-ups.
There are four types of lasers used in laser tattoo removal. These are: Diode, which produces light using a diode laser; the High Amplitude Peroxide or HAP; the Q-Switched Diode, which produces two independent wavelengths (red and green) which stimulate the pigment to wear away; the combined High Amplitude Peroxide/Q-Switched Diode, which is a combination of the two previous mentioned types of lasers. The Q-Switched Diode is considered to be more effective in treating larger areas of the skin. This type of diode is also more expensive than other types of lasers.
Laser therapy is painless and eliminates ink at a faster rate compared to lotions and creams. However, laser tattoo removal takes time and it may also take more than a few sessions to completely eliminate the tattoos. This is why it is important to find a professional who will give you an accurate dosage on how many sessions to expect to have your skin free of markings. It is also essential to find a skilled professional who will use the proper equipment to avoid unnecessary skin damage.