Laser Tattoo Removal
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Tattoo is the body of shapes on the skin surface formed by applying some temporary or permanent inks or ink-like different pigment substances on the skin via various machine and tools. Tattoos that have gotten for various purposes by different civilizations from past to present, reflect various philosophies, thoughts, racial and religious characteristics, and sometimes are gotten to increase aesthetic appearance in our day. Tattoos that are done by different types and colors of ink are applied on all parts of the body, and can be in different motif, writing, body or shapes.
These tattoos gotten willingly and fondly most of the time may become a situation that is required to be gotten rid of and may be turned back for people sometimes.
The treatment of tattoo removal can be performed by various methods, however in our day there is not any other method, technique or surgical alternative to be successful except the laser tattoo removal. What we don’t definitely suggest for patients except laser tattoo removal are the tattoo removal methods that are tattoo deletion removal by using chemical substances and agents, by having tattoo removal by surgery, surgical excision, and dermabrasion mechanical peeling. In all of these, a trace is left, burn may occur spotting is formed, and a worse result than the former may be gotten.
Laser Tattoo Removal
In tattoo removal treatment, other methods except Q Switched Nd Yag laser does not succeed and generally result in trace, spot, shade or burn spot. So, in our day laser tattoo treatment, laser tattoo removalis performed. The lasers used in tattoo removal treatment are the technological devices called Q Switched that can give certain amount of energy in a very short time like nanosecond, in other words in a short period as one trillionth of the second. In the tattoo removal treatment, the lasers appropriate to the type of tattoo are determined according to their wavelengths. When laser light in appropriare wavelength is used, the tattoo ink decomposes and blows out. The ink in other words pigment particles broken into very small pieces is removed out of the body by being carried and digested by the cells (macrophages).
Devices Used In Procedure Of Laser Tattoo Removal
In the tattoo removal procedure, different types of laser devices can be used according to the colors of pigments forming the tattoo. Yellow and green colors are the most resistant ones to the procedure of laser tattoo removal. And black and blue colors are the most easily removable ones. Red color is also harder compared to black, but it is also in removable nature. Three types of laser devices that were produced for the purpose of tattoo removing have a technology called Q-Switched. By this technique, short and high energy containing beam pulses are performed quickly.
Q-switched Nd:YAG, is the newest system in this class of lasers, and used especially in removing the tattoos containing red, blue and black colors.
The Latest Technology For Tattoo Removal Spectra Nd:YAG LASER
Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser produced by Lutronic is an award-winning laser system with its extraordinary success. Spectra which is the latest product of Nd:YAG laser series, is a light but stronger laser system that is also easy to use, safe, and presents broad application area. Spectra Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser designed for various aesthetic applications has the 4 wavelength generating capacity. While this device treats many pigmented lesions with a photomechanical system, it has also a rare technology having feature of removing easily the dark colored tattoos, and also the hard colors conveniently.
It lightens or completely removes the pigments and tattoo particles most effectively without damaging the healthy tissues around and disrupting the skin integrity, by using the strong pulses of Spectra Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser light. When the melanosomes and tattoo particles are exposed to the laser light, they divided into small particles that are absorbed by the natural drainage breakthrough system of the body.
How does the procedure of laser tattoo removal happen?
Lasers produce short-pulse, intense light energy that is also concentrated in a certain area without scattering. This light passes without damaging upper surfaces of the skin, and is absorbed selectively by the pigments forming the tattoo and the cells attracting them. The laser energy provides the tattoo pigments to be divided, broken into small particles. These small particles are destroyed then by immune system of the body. The devices used in laser tattoo removal produce beams in the wavelengths to be absorbed best by the tattoo pigments. These beams are kept only by pigment, and do not affect the normal tissues, skin, nerve, or veins around the tattoo.
Due to each tattoo is unique, removal techniques should also be planned specific to each case, person, and tattoo. Professionally made tattoos are generally in the bottom layers of the skin and in the same depth. Consequently, the procedure of laser tattoo removal also gives homogeneous result on the whole tattoo in general.
And because the amateur tattoos were not be made by a master hand, the pigment may be given in different depths and also different doses. In this case, it becomes harder to clean the pigments of colors given in extreme depths. The professional tattoos that some new inks and pastel colors are used in are quite resistant, and completely removing them can become quite difficult.
Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Tattoo Removal
Is The Color Of Tattoo Important For Laser Tattoo Removal?
Because the black is a color that can absorb the light completely in other words absorbs all of the wavelengths, it gives the fastest response to the treatment of laser tattoo removal. And because the dark colors also show effects close to the black, tattoo removal procedure becomes easy. The most successful applications are in black tattoos.
Some colors like green absorb the beams only in some wavelengths, and they can be removed by the lasers producing wavelength in compliance with the pigment color.
Because the colors like green and yellow can absorb the light less, tattoo removal application is performed by 532 nm Q Switched laser.
Red, brown, yellow tattoos are treated by 532 nm Q-Switched laser.
Blue, black, green tattoos are performed by 1064 nm Nd:YAG Q-Switched laser. I, as personal preference, see fit sometimes to perform the application in a few of wavelengths at once in the colorful tattoos.
Spectra is a Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser that can produce four different wavelength as 1064 nm, 650 nm, 585 nm and 532 nm. Consequently, all colors of tattoos can be removed by Spectra laser.
Is The Procedure Of Laser Tattoo Removal Painful?
It cannot be said that the processes of either getting or removing tattoos are very easy, absolutely a pain is felt even if a bit. Strong beam pulses of laser device cause a slight feeling as if a thin rubber beats the skin. It can be tolerated for the patients. If necessary, cream containing local anesthetics or local anesthesia can be applied. If the tattoo is dense and full, I prefer to perform the application by anesthetizing by local anesthetics in the first or first two sessions in general. Thus pain does not occur, and effective tattoo removal session became performed.
How Are The Results Of Laser Tattoo Removal?
Pigment (tattoo ink) absorbs the laser light, and the light energy turns into heat energy in the cell; the cell hosting pigment is destroyed, blows out and the pigment goes out of the cell. Defense cells of the body called macrophage take or digest the pigment outside the cell, and removes from that region via the lymphatic system. This process is a kind of wound healing process, and shows personal differences. And for applying laser tattoo removal in the same area again, it is required the wound healing to get over in that area. In each application, the tattoo color whitens after laser session, and then a red wound situation occurs. After 3 days a transparent scab occurs. This scab is as the same scab when you got the tattoo. And after 15 days, this scab peels, and some part of the tattoo will be removed, some part lightened and some part left. Tattoo will remove more in time and you will be required to wait for the next session.
How Many Sessions Does Laser Tattoo Removal Last?
Generally, for completely removal of the tattoo, repetitive sessions are needed. The session number is completely connected with the type of ink used in tattoo and how much deep the ink was injected, its color, density, whether it is filled tattoo or not, and whether it is writing or painting tattoo. Sometimes it is completely removed in 1-2 sessions, in resistant cases it takes 5 sessions in average. Sometimes longer session may also be needed.
How Does The Age Of Tattoo Affect Laser Tattoo Removal?
Tattoos get old and are worn in time. This time is 2 years in average. Consequently, the tattoos older than 2 years are removed more easily, and the tattoos with 5 years and over are the ones that are removed most easily. And in the tattoos brand newly made and with 1 week, waiting for the wound healing will be more appropriate.
Can Laser Tattoo Removal Be Performed In Summer?
The procedure of laser tattoo removal can be performed every season. In the applications to be performed in summer, protecting it from sun afterwards is important. If the patient will have the application and then go to summer holiday, postponing this application after the holiday is more suitable. Because the skin will become normal 1 month after application, everything desired can be performed. Tattoo removal can be performed also in a tan-skinned person, being black or from black race of the patient does not affect the procedure of laser tattoo removal. Of course, the wound healing of the patients whose skin is lighter is quicker, but it does not mean that the tattoo can be removed more quickly.
According To What Do The Prices Of Laser Tattoo Removal Vary?
The prices of laser tattoo removal vary depending on the tattoo’s size, color, place, density, and whether there is another tattoo below or not. For the costs of laser tattoo removal, you can come to get examined, also you can take photo of your tattoo and send it by e-mail; in this way you become informed about the price of tattoo session.