Tattoo & Pigmented Lesion Removal Laser System
How does the Q-Switched laser work?
This laser is designed with multi light-based wavelengths that specifically target tattoo ink as well as pigmented lesions. The laser system creates a collimated energy beam of light that passes through the outer skin layers targeting the embedded ink of the tattoo or the pigmented lesion. The energy from the laser is rapidly absorbed by the ink or pigment causing the color to fracture into microscopic particles. Gradually, the body’s immune system will clean the particles from the skin causing the tattoo or pigmented lesion to fade and disappear.
The Q-Switched laser system has the technical advantages for removing a wide variety of tattoos. These range from professional tattoos to homemade and amateur tattoos as well as traumatic and surgical tattoos. Usually professional tattoos will need 6-8 treatments, while amateur tattoos may take about 4-5 treatments to achieve the best results. Determining the number of treatments depends on factors such as: how long the tattoo has been on the skin, the depth of the ink in the skin, and the type of ink that was used in creating the tattoo. Treatment sessions are spaced 6-8 weeks apart to allow the body’s immune system to naturally remove the pigment fragments. Most patients report that the treatment sessions for removing a tattoo is much like getting a tattoo while others say the laser treatment feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Laser tattoo removal is a non-invasive treatment that does not require any incisions or anesthesia. It is important to understand that the FDA does not regulate ingredients used to make pigmented dyes that are used by tattoo artists. Synthetic pigments and colorants can vary from industrial organics to minerals to plastic-based compounds. With hundreds of new pigmented dyes on the market, tattoos now retain their color longer. Results vary from patient to patient depending on the variables of the tattoo.
Pigmented Lesion Removal
The Q-Switched laser also treats benign pigmented lesions. The PhotoAcoustic power selectively shatters and destroys the target chromophor while preserving the surrounding healthy cellular structures. The macrophages of the skin’s immune system will then start cleansing the fragments from the body. The distinctive wavelength in the laser targets hemoglobin and red pigments for the removal of superficial vascular lesions and broken capillaries. This is the ideal treatment for unwanted brown spots as well as small blood vessels on the face, neck, chest and hands.
***Please contact our tattoo specialist before scheduling a consultation as the laser treatments are not recommended for individuals with darker pigmented skin.***