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Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal

Are you aware you can safely and efficiently remove tattoos? Your tattoo dimensions, style, color, thickness, and age (how long you’ve had the tattoo) may establish the method and cost of its removal. Setiba Aesthetics Group can examine these factors and recommend an appropriate treatment.

At Setiba Aesthetics Group, our medical staff uses only the most advanced laser technology to break up and remove the tattoo pigment.  Laser tattoo removal works by targeting the tattoo’s pigment color in your skin’s dermis, which is the tissue located just below the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis). The tattoo’s pigments absorb the laser beam and makes the pigment fragment. Your body then absorbs these fragments and eliminates them.

Effects on Tattoo Pigments

Four treatments 8 weeks apart

Laser treatments to remove tattoos work well on dark colors, such as purple, black, blue, black and crimson. Lighter colors such as white, orange, yellow, green, and aqua, may require more treatments and may take longer to fade. However, in realty, these particular colors may never be completely eliminated because the laser isn’t as effective on these colors. Furthermore, the depth of your tattoo pigment will also influence efficacy of the laser and dictate the number of treatments you will need. Most treatments take about 15 minutes, but it’s not unusual to require 8 or more treatments, spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart to completely remove a tattoo. Tattoo removals are done using a local anesthetic, typically on an outpatient basis.

The Q-switch laser is the type of laser used to remove tattoos, and it creates light pulses of extremely high peak power. There are different frequencies of Q-switch lasers, and each one targets a different wavelength of light, so it can to remove that particular color. The tattoo pigments fragment instantly when exposed to the Q-switch laser, but because the laser is extremely accurate, it will not damage the surrounding tissue.

After each treatment, the skin may be red and might sting like a sunburn for a couple of days, but you should be able to resume your normal activities soon after that. However, it’s important to keep the treated area covered and protected from sunlight for at least 6 weeks, or as long as the doctor advises you. Once the area is healed, you should still protect the area with a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater whenever you’re going to be exposed to the sun.

Most people require several treatments before their tattoo fades or is removed completely, although some people see results immediately. The number and efficacy of the laser treatments is dependent on the color of the ink, the amount of ink that was used, and how long you’ve had the tattoo.

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