Body art such as decorative tattoos are not new. Their history goes back thousands of years. So is the desire for their removal. However, earlier attempts at tattoo removal used to leave much to be desired.
With the introduction of Q-Switched lasers, the removal of tattoos has become less risky and more effective. For dark blue and black inks, the Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser has proven to be especially effective.
How Does Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser Works
This system works by delivering high peak energy pulses through light of specific wavelengths in a very short duration (nanosecond = 10-9 seconds). Pigment in the tattoo absorbs these pulses that cause an acoustic shockwave, shattering the pigment particles whereas the surrounding skin tissues remain unaffected in the process . This light is absorbed by the tattoo inks selectively. The pigments are released from their encapsulation and broken into fragments that are so small that they can be easily removed by our body slowly over the next few weeks. Since the working of the whole system depends on absorption of laser light by the pigment particles, the laser wavelength must be selected carefully to match the absorption spectrum of that particular pigment. Q-Switched 1064 nm lasers work best on dark blue and black tattoos that happen to be most common.
How many sittings/sessions are required?
Number of sittings/sessions for removing a tattoo depends on the depth, color and amount of ink used. Location of the tattoo is another important factor. Basically, it is a fading process wherein a series of treatments are delivered at a gap of at least 6 weeks. While it may take fewer treatments for removing amateur or “street” tattoos, professional tattoos usually require 5 - 8 treatment sessions.
When lightening an existing tattoo
When covering an unwanted tattoo with a new tattoo, many tattoo artists encourage their clients to receive laser treatment to lighten the existing tattoo in order to minimize the chances of the old tattoo appearing through the new one. In most cases, 2-4 treatments are enough to lighten the existing tattoo sufficiently for a new tattoo to cover it.
We at Kyra Clinic, employ the combination of two different lasers for tattoo removal treatments. In some cases, plastic surgical procedures are also used.
A trained and experienced laser technician under the supervision of Dr. Vikas Gawri does all laser treatments. The superior and satisfactory results we are consistently getting are a sum total of our high end US- FDA approved laser machines, Dr. Gawri’s experience and expertise and trained technicians.