Laser Tattoo Removal is a procedure performed to try to remove an unwanted tattoo. Common techniques used for tattoo removal include laser surgery, surgical removal and dermabrasion. As tattoo ink is placed beneath the top layer of the skin, removing the tattoo makes its removal more complicated and expensive than the original tattoo application.
We use the laser tattoo removal device known as the Q-Switched. The Q-switched uses dual wavelengths (1064nm/532nm) to remove a vast range of tattoo pigments. Because their contact with the skin is less than other lasers, Q-Switched lasers are known for not damaging surrounding tissue and causing unwanted side effects.
To remove a tattoo, the Q-Switched laser is pulsed over the tattoo, directing its light energy towards the ink. The energy is absorbed by the ink particles which then shatter into tiny fragments. In the days following the laser procedure, the body’s immune system will flush away the shattered ink particles and cause the tattoo to fade. With more treatments, more ink will be shattered leaving the skin free of the tattoo.
The Q-Switch laser breaks down tattoo pigments into small particles that are naturally eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system. Most of our patients usually require around 6-12 treatment sessions to achieve optimum results. At Beleza Beauty House & Aesthetics in Tampa, FL, we use the Kirby-Desai scale. The Kirby-Desai scale is a medically published scale used to help estimate the number of sessions needed to remove a tattoo.