It is estimated that close to 10% of people in the U.S. have a tattoo. Eventually, as many as 50% of them want to have the tattoo either removed or lightened in preparation for a cover up.
There is good news for those who have an unwanted body design. In the past, tattoos could be removed by a wide variety of methods but, in many cases, the scars were more unsightly than the tattoo itself. However, today the newest techniques and most powerful lasers can remove your tattoo with minimal, if any, side effects. Here’s how it works: lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment colors of the tattoo with a high-intensity light beam. Our bodies then gradually eliminate the smaller fragments of the ink.
Depending on the size and color of your tattoo, the number of treatments will vary. Black tattoo pigment is the easiest to treat. Other colors, such as red, green, yellow, orange and blue are more difficult and require different wavelengths of laser light to remove them.
Because each tattoo is unique, removal techniques must be tailored to suit each individual case and should be performed by a skilled, Board Certified Physician.
Patients with previously treated tattoos may also be candidates for laser therapy. Tattoos that have not been effectively removed by other treatments or through home remedies may respond well to laser therapy providing the prior treatments did not result in excessive scarring.