Do you have a tattoo that you want to get rid of? When you are ready to “rethink your ink”, Laser Light Skin Clinic has the technology to help you erase those memories. In the past, tattoo removal was a surgical process that would often leave a scar, but today’s laser tattoo removal allows you to remove nearly any tattoo completely, without surgery and without a scar.
The degree a tattoo can be easily removed depends on a few factors. It’s normally easier to remove a non-professional tattoo because the ink is normally not as deep in the dermis and they are often a single color. Professional tattoos may require more treatments because technology allows for the pigment in the ink to have more staying power.
How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
Tattoos are made up of ink that has been placed into the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis. This layer of skin is not shed like the upper layers of your skin, but remains in place, which is what makes tattoos permanent. In order to remove them, the cells that hold the ink have to be removed.
Laser tattoo removal operates on a principle known as selective photothermolysis. You know that if you wear a dark shirt, it absorbs more heat from the sun than if you wear a lighter color, and the same happens when we shine a laser on your skin. The ink absorbs more light than the surrounding skin and gets heated up until it is destroyed. The broken down ink is then removed by the body.
How Many Treatments Do You Need?
There are many factors that determine how many treatments it will require to remove your tattoo. First, the number of colors of ink. Each ink color absorbs and is destroyed by a different kind of light, requiring separate treatments to remove. Another factor is how densely the ink has been placed. Finally, the contrast between your skin and the tattoo is a factor. The darker your skin or the lighter the ink color, the harder the tattoo will be to remove.
It would be theoretically possible to remove a tattoo in a single treatment, but this would result in scarring because the surrounding skin would be damaged along with the ink-bearing cells. To prevent scarring, we take a gradual approach that spaces out the removal and allows your skin to be almost as if you had never received a tattoo.