The magic behind  laser tattoo removal...

HOW LASER LIGHT BREAKS UP TATTOO INKS DURING THE LASER TATTOO REMOVAL PROCESS

Laser light is the most efficient and safest method of removing a tattoo. Laser tattoo removal causes the body to dissolve the tattoo ink naturally and painlessly over time and literally flush it out of your system...

THE TATTOO PROCESS & THE LASER TATTOO REMOVAL PROCESS

Below right: the tattoo process depositing ink under the skin into the dermis

tattoo-process

Tattooing or body art decoration has been around for centuries. 4000 B.C. Egyptian mummies show evidence of blue tattoo marks.

Reasons for getting a tattoo include:

  • Decoration
  • Religious symbol
  • Mark of social status
  • Tribal belonging
  • Rite of passage
  • Identification
  • Punishment

The most popular tattoo designs are butterfly, tribal, star, flower, Kanji (Asian characters). Nearly 1 in 4 people aged 18 to 50 have a tattoo and 36% of 18 – 29 year olds have more than one tattoo.

Getting a tattoo done

The tattoo machine needle punctures the skin between 50 and 3000 times per minute. The needle penetrates the skin about a millimetre and deposits a drop of insoluble ink into the skin’s dermis; the layer below the surface.

Getting a tattoo removed

The 4 main methods for tattoo removal are dermabrasion, chemical-based removal, excision and laser tattoo removal.

The biggest benefit of laser tattoo removal compared to other methods of tattoo removal is that only tattoo ink is affected. Laser removal DOES NOT damage the dermis, whereas other methods can damage the dermis and, to be effective, can cause scarring. Laser tattoo removal is therefore much safer than the other tattoo removal methods as there is minimal damage to the surrounding skin. Read more on or laser tattoo removal FAQ page.

Below left: the laser tattoo removal process with the laser breaking up the tattoo ink in the dermis

tattoo-process

Lasers use a particular spectrum of light to break up tattoo ink into smaller particles so it can be absorbed and broken down naturally by the body’s immune system.

During treatment the laser light is focussed on the tattoo to be removed. Pulses of laser energy at specific wavelengths bombard the tattoo ink, causing it to disintegrate.

Unlike other methods, instead of forcing the ink out through the skin, that could damage it, the latest laser tattoo removal systems break ink down and allow the body to absorb it naturally.

Your immune system attacks and pulls the ink out through your lymphatic system, (ending up in the loo). After 6 – 8 weeks a follow-up laser session is performed, resulting in increased absorption and further fading of the tattoo over time.

With the latest lasers and techniques, 95% of tattoos can be completely removed, but there’s always a possibility that if skin scarring occurred when the tattoo was done, an outline of the tattoo may still be visible.

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