Tattoo removal using earlier methods such as dermabrasions, surgical excision and chemical peels are invasive, painful and often leave behind scars in place of the tattoo. The advent of lasers has ushered in a system that targets only the ink used in the tattoo process. With our advanced laser system, we can remove most tattoo inks safely and without leaving a scar. Medical lasers used to remove tattoos are designed to produce specific wavelengths of light that passes through the skin and is absorbed by the ink. The absorption of the light energy destroys the tattoo ink, which is then removed by the body’s natural filtering system.
The laser beams light in very short flashes of light or pulses. The impact of the energy from the intense pulse may feel similar to the snap of a rubber band on the skin. Most patients do not require anesthesia.
Large or heavy pigmented tattoos applied by a professional require multiple treatments and nonprofessional tattoos may require 3 to 4 treatments. All treatments should be spaced about 3 to 4 weeks apart. The number of treatments needed depends on the size, location, type and depth of the ink in the skin. Treatment sessions generally take from 10 to 30 minutes.