Laser Tattoo Removal is a treatment procedure that uses pulses of laser energy to break down the ink particles under the skin to remove an unwanted tattoo. The laser energy penetrates the layers of the skin and targets the pigmented ink particles. The heat of the laser energy heats up and shatters the ink into particles that are small enough to be removed by the body in a process called photothermolysis. After the ink particles are broken down, they are transported to the lymphatic system by white blood cells known as Macrophages. Once in the lymphatic system, the ink particles are safely filtered out of the body.
It is important to maintain a healthy lymphatic system in order to achieve the best results of each removal session. Drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy diet, getting quality sleep, and avoiding toxins and pollutants like alcohol and tobacco products are some ways to promote a healthy lymphatic system. Most tattoos require anywhere from six to ten sessions to be completely removed and there are factors that affect the results of each removal session.
Some of these factors include the size and location of the tattoo, the quality of ink used, the quality of the skin, and the color of the ink. Darker tattoos are removed faster because the laser frequencies are able to target darker colors like blacks and blues much easier than lighter colors like reds and yellows. The better the quality of ink and the deeper it is deposited into the skin layers, the harder it is for the laser to reach the ink and shatter it into smaller particles. Tattoos that are closer to the heart tend to be easier to remove because the vessels and lymph nodes are larger than those in the extremities. Topical numbing cream is offered to make the procedure comfortable and treatments are recommended four to six weeks apart until the desired results are achieved.