Do you have an old tattoo that didn’t age well? How about one that seemed like a great idea at the time but isn’t so great anymore? We can help you! Here at Recharge Clinic we offer laser tattoo removal using our top of the line Q-Switch Picosecond laser. The tattoo removal process can vary from person to person based on different factors. The size, location, and color of the tattoo can have an influence on how many sessions it can take for complete removal. Surprisingly, darker colors like shades of black and blue remove better than lighter shades like hues of red or yellow. The quality of the tattoo can also have an effect since it is more difficult for the laser to penetrate through scarred tissue to the ink underneath, a common sign of a lesser quality tattoo. The laser emits pulses of light energy through the layers of the skin to heat up and shatter the ink molecules into tiny particles in a process known as photothermolysis. After the molecules are broken down into these tiny particles, macrophages, which are a type of white blood cell responsible for cleanup of foreign pathogens in the body, transport the particles to the closest lymph nodes. Once the particles enter the lymph nodes the body’s natural filtering system, the lymphatic system, processes and removes the ink particles from the body. An optimized lymphatic system can greatly improve the results of a removal session. Drinking plenty of water and getting daily exercise are key to maintaining a healthy lymphatic system and increasing the rate at which tattoo ink is removed. On average it can take anywhere between five to ten sessions to remove a tattoo completely. A common concern about tattoo removal is about the level of pain caused by the heat from the laser pulses. Here at Recharge our patients’ comfort is our top priority, so we offer the option to numbed at no extra charge. So if you are considering removing a tattoo, stop in today for a free consultation with our experts on the topic: Dr. Tieche and our two wonderful Physician’s Assistants, Avery and Chuck. We hope to see you soon!