Today, the popular way to get rid of an old tattoo is using laser technology. Laser removal involves using high concentrated rays of colored light to target the tattooed spot of the skin; this laser light goes into the outer layer of the skin and is absorbed by only the inked part of the skin. The ink is reduced to small fragments, which afterward are destroyed by the immune system of the body. This process generally takes three to ten contacts to effectively get rid of the tattoo. How many sessions you need will depend on the color and size of the tattoo.
The number of contacts is proportional to the location, color, size, and the depth of your tattoo. Every contact should be six to eight weeks apart. As this is the recommended time the body needs to remove the ink fragments. Each tattoo session lasts for ten to thirty minutes. There are mainly two types of laser used for tattoo removal. The type laser being used depends on the ink and skin color of the patient. Persons with colorful tattoos are advised, to always refer to centers which have all two types of laser.
The two laser types include:
The Q-Switched Ruby
This laser type is appropriate for green or sky-blue tattoos. While it can work on other colors this is the ideal colors. This laser type should not be used on dark-skinned people, as it is not as effective, but works best on lighter skin tones. If you meet the requirements this is an ideal type of laser to use to remove your tattoo. Remember to speak with a health care professional before pursuing this.
The Q-Switched Nd.YAG
This laser is partly an advanced type used for removing red, blue, and black ink. It is best used on dark-skinned people because it does not absorb melatonin from the skin. This is a great option for removing tattoos if you have darker tattoos and on darker skin as well.
Older tattoos are easier to get rid of compared to the new ones, older tattoos comprise less ink than the new ones. The body absorbs some percent of the ink over time. Turquoise colored inks tend more difficult to remove, this is because there is no laser type that can completely break down its color. Red, white, or flesh-colored tattoos are very hard to remove. These colors probably going to turn black after laser contact.
The laser technology techniques come with some sort of discomfort. The feelings caused by the laser pulses is usually described by most people as a needle sting or snapping of a rubber band against the skin. Generally, ten to thirty contacts are required for each contact. Applying Local anesthetic cream or ice on the tattoo site will help reduce the pain. Taking Tylenol, a couple of hours before the process can also help reduce pains. Products like aspirin have a tendency of causing bruises and should be avoided.
It is always thoughtful to seek for pain relief measures from the surgeon, before commencing the process if you cannot handle pain. Although some surgeons inject the local anesthetic into the tattoo before laser treatment. It’s normal for your skin to become red and look sunburn after laser contact. There could also be bruising, when the tattoo has red in it, it could also result in the blister. Usually, the blisters will heal within seven days.