Decorative tattoos have a history dating back at least 5000 years. The desire to remove them has probably existed for just as long. The advent of pulsed lasers has permitted the removal of most tattoo inks with a very low risk of scarring.
Some of the benefits of tattoo removal include:
- Possibility of completely removing tattoos
- Partially remove tattoo in order to cover up with new tattoo art
- Permanent procedure – tattoo is removed permanently
- Job prospects can be potentially increased with the removal of tattoo(s)
Tattoo Removal Before and Afters
How are tattoos removed?
The ND Yag laser is the newest system in this class of lasers. The pulsed laser can significantly lighten or remove many tattoo inks. It is particularly advanced in the removal of blue, black and red inks. The ND Yag laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light.
Tattoo ink is removed by using a specific wavelength, which passes through the skin but is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to destruct, where it is then removed by the body's natural filtering systems.
The ND Yag laser also delivers the light in very short, high intensity pulses for maximum ink destruction. The use of this specific combination of wavelength and rapidly pulsed light results in minimal damage to the skin while providing maximum tattoo ink removal.
Is laser tattoo removal painful?
The laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from this powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band - basically it's uncomfortable but bearable. A large majority of patients do not require anaesthesia.
How many sessions does it take for tattoo removal?
On average, professional tattoos require 5-6 treatments, while amateur tattoos may require 3-4 treatments. The number of treatments depends upon the amount and type of ink in the skin. Rarely, more than ten treatments may be required.
Can colour tattoos be removed?
Dark (blue/black) inks and red inks fade the best. Oranges and purples usually respond well. Green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.
Can you fully remove a tattoo?
In many cases, yes. Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However it is important to know that there are over 100 tattoo inks used worldwide today. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it impossible for the operator to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.
Complications are uncommon but may include some slight bleeding or crusting, temporary redness or swelling, loss of pigment in the skin, which is usually temporary, or scarring which is uncommon.
How expensive is laser tattoo removal?
Prices for laser tattoo removal start from $165. A consultation with Dr Flynn will help provide an exact cost as this procedure is tailored to each individual, concerns, size of tattoo area and desired result.