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What is the mechanism behind Laser Tattoo removal?The laser light of a certain wave length travels through a person’s skin and affects tattoo ink without causing much harm to surrounding tissue.
As the laser light is absorbed by the ink, it is instantly converts into heat. Sharp increase in temperature within the affected tissue causes release of the tattoo ink from skin cells into extracellular space. As the result, released tattoo ink is carried away by the lymphatic system while skin cells repair themselves ink free.
Frequently asked questions:
What Kind of Tattoos Can Be Treated?
Since all tattoos are not the same in terms of color, depth of ink deposition as well as their chemical composition, all of tattoos respond differently to laser light. Black, some red and certain shades of dark orange and dark blue tattoos will typically respond relatively better to treatment with laser. However, brown, purple, green, light orange, neon and light blue colors usually is much harder to remove.
Unless tattoo ink is very deep in the skin, most tattoos can be successfully treated or dramatically reduced in intensity of their colors if given a sufficient number of treatments. The number of treatments could be 2-3 in case of some homemade tattoos and sometimes up to 20 sessions in some resistant cases of multi colored, multi layered and very saturated tattoos. Although there is a way to predict approximate number of sessions each tattoo may take it is still not an exact science.
Does It Hurt?
While the laser light photo selectively affects targeted ink, other part of skin remains mostly unchanged, and therefore most patients report modest soreness. A frequent manner that people portray the feeling of the pulses entering the skin is by comparing them to snaps of a rubber band. If such “snaps” are too painful, Dr. Yagudin may offer you local anesthesia in form of cold air blowing over the treatment area during the treatment or in some cases localized injection of numbing agent called Lidocaine.
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What Happens After Procedure?
Instantaneously after laser exposure, the treatment areas may become whitish-colored and swell slightly. This frosting and puffiness tend to go away in about 30 minutes. Over the next several days, some mild crusting may emerge over the treatment area. As this crusting resolves, the tattoo will lighten. The tattoo will normally continue to fade away for many weeks thereafter.
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How Long Does it Take?
Depending on the dimension and place of the tattoo, each session usually can takes between 1 to 30 minutes. Some pale tattoos will fade entirely after only one treatment, though the majority requires five treatments or more. Treatments should be spaced five to six weeks apart to provide your body enough time to completely eliminate loosened particles of ink.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Since the laser beam does not penetrate beyond the skin, major side effects are extremely rare. Mild side effects are redness; swelling, blistering, reduction of color of the skin after tattoo is removed (which typically improves over time once treatments are finished).
Laser treatment is the only effective method of tattoo removal that is unlikely to cause skin scarring. The alternatives to laser tattoo removal include surgical excision, salabrasion (using salt to burn away layers of skin), and chemical peels (using acid to burn away layers of skin). These methods not only cause scars but are also very painful. Laser treatment with the Palomar Q-YAG 5 is a state –of-the art treatment that yields excellent results without the perils and disadvantages of other procedures.
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