Tattoo Removal-Before and After Care
General facts and specific information re: ND Yag Q Switch Lasers
Tattoo removal is most commonly performed using lasers that break down the ink in the tattoo. The broken-down pigment is then absorbed by the body, (macrophage cells scavenge for the ink fragment debris, ingest the particles and are then metabolised via the Lymphatic System)
All tattoo pigments have specific light absorption spectra. A tattoo laser must be capable of emitting adequate energy within the given absorption spectrum of the pigment to provide an effective treatment. Certain tattoo pigments, such as yellows, greens and fluorescent inks are more challenging to treat than darker blacks and blues, because they have absorption spectra that fall outside of, or are on the edge of, the emission spectra available in the tattoo removal laser. (NB:The ND Yag Q Switch we use does fade these colours but they are significantly less responsive and necessitate more treatment sessions. This shouldn’t impact cover ups too greatly but it depends on the design planned and the skill/ingenuity of the tattooist)
The amount of energy (flounce/joules/jcm2) is determined prior to each treatment as well as the spot size and treatment speed (Hz/hertz). During the treatment process the laser beam passes harmlessly through the skin, targeting only the ink resting in a liquid state within. While it is possible to see immediate results, in most cases the fading occurs gradually over the 6–8 week fading/healing period between treatments.