Laser Tattoo Removal
Do you have a tattoo that you want to remove? Whether it has become unappealing, no longer expresses you, or is connected with painful memories, there are myriad reasons why people opt for tattoo removal. In the past, a tattoo was removed through a surgical procedure that would often leave a scar, but modern laser tattoo removal is a procedure in which nearly any tattoo is removed completely, without surgery and without a scar.
How Laser Tattoo Removal Works?
Tattoos are composed of the ink containing pigments that are placed into the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis. This layer of skin does not shed like the upper layers of your skin but remains in place, which is what makes tattoos permanent. So, to remove the tattoo, the cells that hold the ink have to be removed.
Laser tattoo removal, like laser hair removal, works on a principle known as selective photothermolysis. You know it’s a fact that if you wear a dark shirt, it absorbs more sunlight than if you wear a lighter color, and the same happens when we shine a laser on your skin. The dark ink absorbs more light than the surrounding skin and gets heated up until it is destroyed. The broken down ink is then separated from the skin.
How Many Treatments Do You Need?
There are many factors that determine how many treatments will be required to remove your tattoo. Firstly, the number, of colors of ink. Each ink color is absorbed and is destroyed by a different kind of light, requiring separate treatments to remove. The Second factor is how densely the ink has been placed into the skin. Finally, the contrast between your skin and the tattoo is a determining factor. On average, anywhere between three to six sittings are required.