Laser Tattoo Removal
How do lasers remove tattoos?
One of the advantages of lasers is that they operate at different wavelengths and pulse speeds. Certain wavelengths are only absorbed by colored pigments in tattoo ink, which means that a laser using those wavelengths can specifically target the tattoo without harming surrounding skin.
As laser energy is absorbed in the ink, a non-thermal photomechanical reaction shatters the pigment/ink particles without causing heat damage to the treated skin.
Why do you need multiple treatments for tattoo removal?
All tattoos require more than one treatment due to a few variable factors. Tattoos consist of multiple layers of ink injected into different depths. As a result, they’re also removed in layers, allowing your skin to heal between treatments.
Professionally inked tattoos may be removed in fewer treatments because all of the ink is more likely to reach an equal depth. Other factors that influence the number of laser tattoo removal treatments you’ll need include the size and age of your tattoo.
The type of colors in your tattoo also makes a difference because some colors are easier to remove than others. After your consultation with Dr. Felix Bopp, he'll develop a treatment plan that outlines the number of expected laser sessions you’ll need.
How does the enlighten™ laser make tattoo removal easier?
The Enlighten laser represents today’s most advanced technology for tattoo and pigment removal. It uses extremely short picosecond and nanosecond laser pulses. It also has higher power than other tattoo removal devices.
This means that it’s much faster and pulverizes tattoo ink into significantly smaller pieces than standard lasers. In the end, these features allow the Enlighten laser to do a better job of completely removing tattoos in fewer sessions.
What should you expect during and after laser tattoo removal?
You may be able to tolerate the laser procedure, but many people choose to use topical anesthetics to ensure their session is comfortable. Temporary swelling and redness are typical following a session, but it doesn’t take long to go away.
It’s important to follow the care instructions provided by Dr. Bopp and protect the treated area from sunlight. Otherwise, you can get back to normal activities after each session. You’ll need to allow yourself six to eight weeks to heal, then you can return for your next laser session.