Nowadays laser technology is one of the most used techniques for tattoo removal. The laser works by targeting the tattoo with a highly concentrated beam of laser light colour that will go into the outer layer of skin. Only the ink absorbs the light. This ink is disintegrated into small fragments, which are then carried away by your own immune system.
Usually, it takes 3-10 treatments to get your tattoo completely removed. The number of treatments depends on the size, location, depth and colour of your tattoo. Treatment should be 6-8 weeks apart. This is the period necessary to give your body enough time to remove the ink fragments. Each laser tattoo removal session takes 10-30 minutes.
3 types of lasers are used for tattoo removal. The laser will be used depending on the ink colour and the colour of the patient's skin. So if you have a colourful tattoo, it is wise to go to a centre that has three types.
The three types of laser:
-The Q-swithed Ruby, this one is more effective in the sky-blue and green tattoos. This kind of laser is difficult to use on darker skin types.
-The Q-switched Alexandrate, this one is used to remove blue-black and green tattoos.
-The Q-switched Nd.YAG, this laser is most advanced in eliminating the red, black and blue ink. Because it does not absorb the laser melatonin on the skin it is more suitable for people with darker skin colour.
A new tattoo is more difficult to remove than old ones. Old tattoo contains less ink than new ones. the body absorbs some ink.
Turquoise-coloured tattoos that are very difficult to remove, because there is no laser that effectively can break down this colour.
Tattoos which are red, white or flesh colored are also difficult to remove. These colors may turn black after laser treatment.