Tattoo Removal Treatment
Using Pico Laser to remove tattoo inks
How does tattoo stay in the skin?
Using Pico laser for removing tattoo
The energy emitted by Pico Laser is the same as Q-switched laser except for its pulse duration. It creates an intense photothermal impact on the skin in one-trillionth of a second, whereas for Q-switched lasers are in one-billionth of a second. Simply speaking, Pico Laser spares the skin serious thermal damage that regular lasers may inflict. This is because Pico Laser stays on the skin much shorter than Q-switched lasers, causing the skin to heat up the skin less quickly and reduce chances of scarring.
At Radium, we offer PicoSure Laser to reduce the appearance of tattoo inks. The PicoSure technology also targets dark pigments on the skin with more precision and efficacy.
Are all tattoo inks easy to remove?
Unfortunately, no. Different color pigments respond to different light wavelengths. In general, black inks are the easiest to remove because black pigments absorb the laser most easily. This is followed by red and darker shades of blue. Light green and neon colors are the most challenging to remove. Some factors that may contribute to the removal of tattoo ink:
SKIN COLOR The color of your skin plays a very important role in determining how easy or difficult removing tattoo is in your skin. PicoSure laser works by breaking down the ink color if the contrast between the ink and your skin color is huge. This means to say that black ink on a fair-skinned person would come off more easily than on a person with tanned skin.
AGE OF TATTOO The older the tattoo, the easier it is for the laser to break down the ink pigments. This is because the ink in older tattoos have had more time to disperse under the skin and move closer to the top layer of the skin.
QUALITY OF TATTOO Good quality tattoos are more difficult to remove as compared to a tattoo done by an amateur. If the tattoo is done by an experienced tattoo artist, the ink is usually placed deeper into the skin. This means that removing it becomes more tedious, but not impossible.
TYPE OF LASER In the past, there was no laser that can remove all ink colors. Most traditional Q-switched lasers can only effectively remove the darker hues, while leaving residual lighter colors in the skin.