How to Remove a Tattoo
How to remove a tattoo with Laser tattoo removal using Q-switch laser
Not such a great tattoo idea
Getting your “soulmate’s” name tattooed on you seemed like a great idea when you were certain you’d
be together forever, oops.And those matching tattoos with yor besties at 2 am on vacation last summer.
That permanent ink etched into your skin has got to go.
How to remove a tattoo
How to remove a tattoo sounds like a simple solution to the problem, but the process is actually a lot
more complicated than you may think. You may have seen lots of horror stories on line or youtube
videos showing people getting blistered and bloody resulting in tremendos scars.
Online Videos about how to remove a tattoo
According to the video, tattoo ink can be pretty stubborn since the inks tend to be made of compounds
from heavy metals like lead, copper, and manganese. These metals are what gives the tattoos their
permanence, so to remove it, those ink particles must be broken up by lasers. Click to see more tattoo removal videos.
The removal lasers, also called ultra-short pulse lasers, are extremely hot and work in a rapid manner.
The removal laser in the video is called a Cynosure nd:YAG Q switched Laser, and it works on a scale of
“nanoseconds” or a billionth of a second. It’s hard to even imagine a billionth of a second, but the
extreme speed and heat are critical to break up the stubborn ink particles.
The Process to remove a tattoo
The process that breaks the particles apart is called photothermolysis, and it’s the same process used in
laser hair removal. Basically, the ink particle must be heated so that it expands, but the zap of the laser
has to be quick and precise enough to leave half of the particle cool. Then, the opposing forces of hot
and cool cause the ink particle tders,(see: blog#1 URL) but since many ofo rip apart.
The final step occurs after the ink particles have broken apart into chunks. Once they’re small enough,
they can be absorbed by the white blood cells and transported to the liver. The reason that a tattoo fades
throughout time is actually because of the white blood cells. Armies of white blood cells are sent to try
and engulf the foreign inva the ink particles are much larger than the white blood cells, they’re too big to
be absorbed or “gobbled up” and removed from the skin. Instead, all of the work by the white blood cells
just leads to an eventual fading.
When it comes to tattoo removal, black color pigment is the easiest to remove since it absorbs all laser
wavelengths. Some blues and greens can be stubborn and take a few more sessions. Depending on the
size and color of the tattoo, it can take anywhere from two to 10 sessions to fully remove it. If your laser
tech is experienced and knowledgeable you should never experience scarring or blistering.