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Description About Laser Tattoo Removal and Other Options

Laser Tattoo Removal

Interest in Laser Tattoo Removal now appears to be booming. A 2006 study at Texas Tech University found that nearly 20% of 196 interviewees with tattoos were unhappy with them. More recent statistics now indicate that over 40 % of people who have tattoos regret at least one or more of them and are interested in having them removed.

The costs associated with laser tattoo removal depends on a number of factors. These include the size of the tattoo, the location (forearms and ankles are often the most difficult to treat), the type of dye – there are currently more than 100 inks out there, how colorful to tattoo is, skin type, how deep the ink is – often depends on whether it was applied professionally or by an amateur. Another important factor is your body’s own natural ability to rid itself of the ink through your immune system. These all play a part in determining the overall effectiveness as well as the total cost of tattoo removal. Of all the removal techniques laser removal is now considered the ‘gold standard’ for removing them. However, it can get very expensive and costs can range from a minimum of $120 per visit to over $500 per session and complete removal can often require between 3 and 10 or more visits.

Laser Tattoo Removal therapy is know to cause some discomfort. It is often described as having an elastic band snapped repeatedly against your skin. For more sensitive patients an anesthetic is sometimes used although most patients don’t use it, it can often cost about an extra $50 or so. Each session usually only lasts for a few minutes. Darker inks, are ironically the easiest to eliminate with laser treatments. These include blacks, dark reds and blues. Analysis of tattoo pigment components indicates the most common elements are aluminum, titanium, and carbon. A higher concentration of titanium has been proven as a main reason for poor results to laser therapy. Although it’s really difficult to find out what the exact ingredients in your ink are, this may be a cause if you’re not seeing great results. Other colors not as easily removed with lasers are the greens, yellows, lighter reds or oranges and especially turquoise.

Waiting longer periods of time between laser sessions has proven to provide better results. This waiting time will give your body time to heal and your immune system time to assimilate the ink particles that the laser has broken down. It isn’t the laser that removes the ink – it will only fragments it. Your immune system absorbs the broken-down ink fragments and this process always takes time. Some people think the lasered ink will rise ti the skin surface, this is not the case. Patients are quite often told to wait 4-6 weeks before returning for more laser session but you may consider waiting up to 8 weeks. There is now rush and this extra time may deliver even better results. Having patience like this can also save you dollars from having fewer sessions. The total number of sessions and treatment spacing depends on the area that is being treated as well as your skin color. Forearm and ankle tattoos are known to take the longest to treat.

Many of the most common lasers used today are Q-Switched. This just means the laser is pulsed very rapidly. In the old days there was no ‘pulsing’ the beam was applied continuously to the tattooed area and this was known to literally cook the surrounding skin tissue, causing damage and potential scars. The Q switched variety causes the ink to be heated to fragmentation temperature which is enough to shatter the ink molecules while protecting the tissue around it, preventing scars.

This is not one-laser-fits-all technology. Different Laser Tattoo Removal produce different colors of light. For example, green light is readily absorbed by red ink and red light is very well absorbed by green dyes. Using only one laser type is not good if you have multiple colors, always check with the provider and ask if their equipment is capable of treating your particular colors. Many times, two or more Laser Tattoo Removal wavelengths are required to solve this problem. You can read more about the different types of lasers and what colors they target at the website listed below.

More modern Laser Tattoo Removal, that have been around since about 2007 produce multiple light wavelengths and have therefore been designed to treat a broader range of tattoo ink colors than the previous Q-switched technology.

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