With the overwhelming popularity of tattoos over the last ten years, the market for effective tattoo removal has exploded.
Injecting colored pigment into small deep holes made in the skin creates tattoos. Regardless of whether a tattoo artist or an untrained individual injects the pigment, the marks or designs are relatively permanent. When people subsequently want their tattoos removed, most physicians today consider laser surgery one of the best methods.
The Q-switched Nd:
YAG is the most frequently used laser for tattoo removal.
During treatment, pulses of light from the laser are directed onto the tattoo, breaking up the tattoo pigment. Over the next several weeks the body’s cells remove the ink of the tattoo from the skin. With the Q switched Nd:YAG laser available you can effectively treat dark tattoo inks, specifically black (which accounts for more than half of all tattoos), blue and green. Patients should expect to come back for several treatments to achieve expected results.
Technology In Use
Tattoo ink and natural pigmentation like melanin absorb short pulse duration/high peak energy Q-switched pulses so quickly that they create a photo-acoustic effect within the pigment clusters. This effect breaks down the ink into much smaller particles that can be more easily removed by the body’s natural filtering system.
- Dark colors: like black, blue and green with 1064-nm wavelength
- Brighter colors: like red, orange and yellow with 532-nm wavelength